In his recent columns, ESPN insider Chris Sprow suggests that Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles may pursue the Raiders’ Terrelle Pryor and the Niners’ Alex Smith to be their quarterback next season.
Sprow says that Pryor could be potential a trade target, despite him not close to being a regular NFL starting quarterback. What’s interesting is that Kelly heavily recruited Pryor when he was the head coach of Oregon, but Pryor chose Ohio State instead. We’ll how bad he really wants Pryor this offseason.
In his only career start, Pryor threw for 150 yards, completing 13/28 passing attempts for two touchdowns. He also ran for 49 yards and a touchdown in a 24-21 loss to San Diego.
Sprow also listed the top five potential trade fits for Smith, and the Eagles came in at number one, ahead of the Browns, Jaguars, Chiefs, and Cardinals. The Titans and Jets were named as “wild cards.”
Here is his explanation on why Smith could wind up with the Eagles:
Smith, meanwhile, would not find a lot of things Kelly has done at the college level difficult to learn and execute. After all, he played college football at Utah under Urban Meyer and was asked to make run reads and take off regularly. As a junior, he ran for 631 yards and 10 TDs for Meyer, and his running ability and overall athleticism were major draws when he was taken No. 1 overall in 2004. He’s a throwing upgrade over the still-developing Nick Foles, and probably a durability upgrade over Michael Vick. Kelly and the Eagles brass should kick the tires on what it would take to get him.
Smith was replaced by Colin Kaepernick as the Niners’ starting quarterback after sustaining a concussion midway through the season, and well, the rest is history.