On today’s NFL Insiders, Joe Banner tore into your chest and went full Kali Ma on your emotions by telling you the Eagles were this close to having one of the game’s best defensive players:
“When we were in Philadelphia, we traded Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick. The original trade was the fifth pick of the draft – which we were targeting Patrick Peterson for – and the second round pick the next year. Because there was a lockout, we weren’t allowed to make trades going into the draft or else Patrick Peterson would have been a Philadelphia Eagle.”
The audio of Banner’s story is around the 17:20 mark here. And, the way Joe tells it, the Eagles wouldn’t have even given up their first rounder from 2011 in exchange. In such a stacked draft, that means the Eagles could have walked out with Patrick Peterson AND their own pick, Eagles legend Danny Watkins. Oh, what could have been.