"It went on for a couple weeks. We were trying to keep Nick if we could. It was just at the last second, they wanted players. We were trying to get it done with draft picks, but it didn't work out that way."By the way, he's talking about the QB swap.
So, let's get this straight.
The Eagles signed Mark Sanchez for two years and $5.5 million, AKA more than just about every other QB2 in the league, two days before the Nick Foles / Sam Bradford deal.
They were also... trying to have both Foles *and* Bradford?
You have to think that Matt Barkley is, at this point, wondering if he should even bother showing up to camp, or if it would just be better to FedEx a package of dog droppings to Kelly's house. (And after the Tebow Circus, Matt, get a horse.) But more importantly, let's think about what this means to how the team is being built.
Instead of putting money on the offensive line, we'll put it on the RBs.
Instead of putting money into WRs, we'll put it into QBs. A lot of them.
And on the defense, we'll go all-in at LBs, shuffle the bodies in the secondary without addressing the glaring hole at safety... and spend enough of the cap on incoming free agents to put into serious jeopardy the most important job for the front office, which is locking down DL Fletcher Cox for the upcoming years when he will be Best In The NFL At What He Does, Which Is Wreck Opposing Offenses.
But getting back to Chip's Dream QB Rotation... $12mm for Bradford, $2.5mm for Sanchez, and $1.2mm for Foles, with presumably August's most entertaining position battle in years, with anything but Sanchez as QB1 being possible.
Oh, and none of them are signed for longer than Sanchez's 2-year deal. Also, with everyone in the NFL probably *still* thinking he's somehow going to swap everything for Marcus Mariota.
So not only is our man willing to spend money in ways that no other NFL franchise is willing to do, but he's also willing to have preseason and regular season contract hijinks and turmoil while he does it. Rather than just the month of FA WTFery.
Either that, or he just enjoys lying to Howard Eskin. And really, who doesn't?