Will Licht’s Eagles Ties Play A Role?May 5th, 2014
That’s the word from fight-instigating, barista-training, pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball box score-reading Peter King of SI.com fame.
Via his Monday column, King claims Eagles general manager Howie Roseman already is working the phones hard to trade up to at least the middle of the first round. The Eagles have the 22nd overall pick.
Now Bucs general manager Jason Licht worked alongside Roseman in the Eagles front office. Perhaps there’s a level of trust there that could lead to a draft-day deal?
That’s one potential bonus to having a GM like Licht, who has worked for various teams. He’s got plenty of relationships, and those often lead to fair exchanges — or at least seemingly fair deals.
The Bucs could possibly trade down with the Steelers (No. 15 overall) to amass extra draft picks, as has been discussed on NFL Network. And in that scenario, the Bucs could still move that No. 15 pick to the Eagles for even more picks.
Joe surely would smile with the Bucs ending up with the Eagles’ pick at No. 22 in the first round, and adding the Steelers’ second- and fifth-round picks, plus the Eagles’ third- and fourth-round picks, in addition to Tampa Bay’s own second- and third-round selections.
A bounty like that could fill a hell of a lot of holes and drive up quality competition throughout the roster. A haul like that could net the Bucs a new quarterback, two new offensive linemen and two rookie receivers through the first three rounds. That would be quite a boost to the offense.