Will Licht’s Eagles Ties Play A Role?

May 5th, 2014

chipkellyApparently, cutting DeSean Jackson and another lost season by Arrelious Benn have left the Eagles eager and hungry to trade up in the NFL Draft for a blue chip wide receiver.

That’s the word from fight-instigatingbarista-training, pedestrian-bumpingolive oil-lappingpopcorn-munchingcoffee-slurpingfried-chicken-eatingoatmeal-lovingcircle-jerkingbeer-chuggingcricket-watchingscone-loathingcollege 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.

28 Responses to “Will Licht’s Eagles Ties Play A Role?”

  1. rayray1 Says:

    Like your thinking on this one Joe. I’m in on that !

  2. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    Double trade back? We can only dream….

  3. Lue0615 Says:

    great article joe keep it up!!! BIG FAN

  4. Patrick in VA Says:

    That would be a pretty solid exchange and it would it would make Friday and Saturday more interesting for us. Was kind of looking forward to checking out the Bucs pick and then getting to bed early so I can get up early for work but if we have some wheeling and dealing like that I’d be pretty happy with giving up a little sleep to see who we snag at 15 or 22.

  5. Beeric Says:

    Yes! Do this. Lots of picks = higher chance of finding gems like David.

  6. deminion Says:

    @everyone i had a dream last night we drafted sammy watkins lol

  7. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Even with moving back to 22 the Bucs would still be in play for a name like Brandin Cooks, Marqise Lee, or Cody Latimer if they choose to go that route. Trading back in any capacity would make me a very happy camper.

  8. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    If we can’t get Manziel, Clowney, etc, then I like the Pittsburgh Defensive Tackle the best. We might be able to nail him later in round 1, so if we can trade down a little, I say go for it.

  9. Left_Coast_Bucs_Fan Says:

    But Joe, after wearing some of us down with the Johnny Football to the Bucs storyline enough to fall-in-line and want him too, how do you “smile” at this scenario, like you would at a sister rather than how you would for Rachel Watson?

    Great question! This scenario isn’t Joe’s first choice, but it’s still damn good. Joe just wants the Bucs to win. –Joe

  10. Brain Says:


    Big name does not equal big time player. Latimer is a reach in the 1st and Allen Robinson is better than any of the guys you named anyway.

    If we trade back it makes sense to take the top player at our biggest position of need – G Xavier Su’a Filo. WRs are easy to find in this draft but XSF is the only 1st round caliber interior lineman.

  11. nate Says:

    Sounds good to me

  12. Thegregwitul Says:

    If the Bucs could do this to land Carr / Manziel / Bridgewater at #22 and then turn around and move Glennon for a third round pick, we could be looking at five or six players in the first three rounds, which would bolster depth for sure.

    We could potentially see a scenario where the Bucs trade down twice and grab a QB, two wideouts, a guard and a defensive player all in the first three rounds. Unlikely, yes, but not impossible.

  13. Lev Says:

    At this point you could trade back and still get one of the top 4 QB’s. If Johnny Football is gone at 7 then trade back like crazy.

  14. Celly Says:

    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.

    Most importantly, a bounty like that could seriously set us up for next years draft. For once, it would be nice to be going into the draft knowing that you have more than 7 picks. I’d love to be in the position of the 49ers, old Patriots, etc. They always seem to have more than the standard allotment of picks.

  15. BucsfaninChina Says:

    “1st round interior lineman” is an oxymoron. Plenty of playmakers to be had in the first while being able to address the position later, even with linemen that can be moved to guard.

    Regarding Latimer, go to Draft Breakdown, watch the Illinois U – Penn State game, then tell me which receiever you’d rather have.

  16. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Would love it if this happened. More picks…yes please.

  17. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Yeah let’s keep trading back until we have tons of picks but we’re completely out of range of the blue chip players. That’s the way to build a winner.

  18. Bucamania Says:

    If JFF, Robinson, and Watkins are gone then go for it!

  19. phil Says:

    I don’t how trading down is going to get us Johnny Football. If we don’t get a quarterback this will be a wasted season.

  20. Brandon Says:

    Great teams are built through the draft and you can’t build through the draft if you don’t have picks.

  21. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Awesome strategy: keep trading down and down and down until we end up with 262 seventh round picks. Super Bowl bound, baby! Woo hoo!

  22. DaMayan Says:

    Pulling a Patriot huh? The true BB way would be to then trade the 22nd pick for a 1st next year plus another 2 this year.

  23. Back, from Davie Jones Locker Says:

    That would be my favorite- of all senarios presented thus far.
    This draft looks to be deep, ut not really top heavy. Some of the third round guys are really close,talent wise, to the top guy.

    Especially at QB and WR- two of our top needs.

    Trading back twice would be brilliant- and cement our new GC as a genius.

  24. BigMacAttack Says:

    I’m good with this scenario.

    Hacksaw Jack tonight !!!

  25. Espo Says:

    I don’t want fair deals I want to screw the rest of the league.

  26. delson Says:

    And a big phhhhshhhhh comes out as joe stands up from manziels lap

  27. Rick in Fort Myers Says:

    Now, this is the most sensible scenario I’ve seen on these pages give the Bucs’ needs and their current list of “lacks.” As Joe writes, a QB, two OL, and two WR would make things pretty awesome come OTAs and camp.

  28. Paul Ch Says:

    This is why I took Friday off work!