That is my only reaction to this. Though it seemed likely to happen once Howie Roseman asked Ray Didinger his preference in top quarterbacks with the pick.
More interesting, is that the Eagles had this announcement prepared— odd for any trade. But they even had this Roseman quote graphic ready to go…
… and a lengthy breakdown from Dave Spadaro, which includes confirmation that they’re taking a quarterback:
By moving around assets – starting with the trade that sent linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell to Miami and moving up from No. 13 to No. 8 in the first round by virtue of that trade – the Eagles are taking advantage of the rare opportunity of being in the top 10 of the draft to take a quarterback.
And they will, for sure. It doesn’t change the landscape for 2016, as the Eagles are committed – and gladly so – to Sam Bradford running the offense and hopefully maneuvering this team into position to make a deep playoff run with Chase Daniel as the backup.
That’s just the start of his surely-unbiased analysis.
We’ll talk more about the trade itself, but for now I’m just impressed with the way the Eagles messaged this.
UPDATE: The slow drumbeat to trade Bradford begins. Adam Caplan tweets: Bradford’s $4m base guarantee for year two has offset language. Dead money much less if they trade him rather than releasing.
UPDATE 2: Ian Rappppppppppopopopoport: The #Eagles informed the QB prospects that signing Sam Bradford & Chase Daniel wouldn’t affect their pursuit of a franchise QB. It didn’t.
UPDATE 3: It all lead to this, from Zach Berman: The Eagles have now traded the pick they acquired for Maxwell/Alonso and the pick they acquired for DeMarco. So both given up to help get 2.