Posted September 15, 2013

Report: Eagles backed out of trade for Colin Kaepernick intending to draft Russell Wilson

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The Eagles reportedly had a trade in place to acquire Colin Kaepernick for a second-round pick last offseason.(Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The NFL’s top two emerging young quarterbacks apparently slipped through the Philadelphia Eagles’ grasp last offseason.

Prior to the 2012 NFL Draft, the Eagles came close to trading a second-round pick for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but backed out of the deal thinking they could draft Russell Wilson, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 49ers were open to trading Kaepernick because Alex Smith, who they eventually traded to the Chiefs, had led them to the NFC Championship Game in 2011.

But the Eagles’ decision backfired when the Seattle Seahawks selected Wilson with the 12th pick in the third round, forcing Philadelphia to settle for current backup Nick Foles 13 picks later.

According to the report, the Eagles had “geared their whole draft around” Wilson, who led the Seahawks to the playoffs during a spectacular rookie season in 2012.

Wilson and Kaepernick face off on Sunday Night Football this week, guiding what many consider the two best teams in the NFC.

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43 comments
DSM
DSM

"The Eagles had “geared their whole draft around” Wilson" yet thought he was not worth the 25th pick in the second round and would get him with the 25th pick in the THIRD round?  I know the media have financial difficulties, but are they reduced to hiring writers who have no common sense and believe any BBS they are told?

ArnoldNewman
ArnoldNewman

Thank God the Eagles didn't get him.  I love Wilson.  Love the Hawks.  HATE the Eagles.

Smokin1
Smokin1

geared the whole draft ?


on a 3rd round pick.......

NeilCassidy
NeilCassidy

The NFL's top two emerging quarterbacks??  Seriously?  What about Andrew Luck?   Even if you think those guys are the top two, isn't there room for debate? 

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

If the Eagles geared their whole draft around Wilson why didn't they use one of their two second round draft picks for him?  If he was that important to their franchise why take the chance waiting until the third round?

Cornerss
Cornerss

why wait till the 3rd round if your whole draft "Was geared around wilson"? Should have done what the phins did and just go get your qb. They got greedy is the problem

BudPhyte
BudPhyte

Wilson was drafted 13th in the third round and the Eagles were alleged to have geared their whole draft around him?

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

It wasn't last off-season either. It was the off-season prior to that one. Bogus story.

SanityClause
SanityClause

No effin' way. The 49ers traded up to draft Kaepernick a year earlier because Harbaugh was in love with him. This story is complete trash.


randomdeletion
randomdeletion

who came up with this garbage?  this total story is the biggest fabricated trash I have ever seen.  If the eagles wanted Wilson that bad they would have drafted him no later than the second round.  NO LATER.   Once they didn't get him, what would have stopped them from THEN trading a 2nd round pick in the next draft for Kaepernick?  Hmmm?  Nothing would have stopped from happening then if it was really something that had been negotiated.  That is how NFL teams do things.  Contingency.  If we get who we want, no trade, if we don't we do the trade.  Capiche?  Then the deal is set up.  

Who are the idiots suggesting this garbage and then approving it's posting?  

The Eagles are better off.  Neither of these guys are going to be that great in the long run.  Flashes in the pan.  They will be has been do nothings that accomplished pretty much nothing, just like Vick, by the time they are his age.  The Eagles need to find their own guy for their offense.  

closetjaysfan
closetjaysfan

I bet the "source" for this report was wearing a hat made from tinfoil and eating out of a garbage can...

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

If you "gear your whole draft" around a QB, you pick him prior to the end of the 3rd round.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Based on his "wonderful" game last night,  they probably glad they didn't

muser
muser

NFL QB's often get far too much credit when their team wins. Their role is hugely overrated. Kaepernick may well be out of favor and traded in 2 or 3 years. 

j7apple
j7apple

If this is true, and someone at Philly actually thought they could  pass on Kaep and draft Wilson, then that person ought not go to Vegas, as they are one bad bad gambler.  To draft  3 guys before Wilson, yet say you built your whole draft around getting him? Yea, right...Especially when the 3rd pick was a DE end from Marshall who managed 9 tackles last year..

No, the folks that passed on Wilson, (who would have been a top 10 pick if he was 2 inched taller) should be ashamed, and I hope Wilson lights them up each time he plays them.

But Philly......Vick is fine if he doesnt get hurt.

and for some reason, I just dont believe  Harbaugh would have traded Kaep, for how he went out of his way to get him.


SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

If my Aunt had balls she'd be my Uncle. Another non-story by some writer who wants to impress his idiot boss.

BlackieCats
BlackieCats

I almost save 15% on my car insurance.

NuggyBuggy
NuggyBuggy

Baloney.  How could the Eagles have "geared their draft around Wilson", when all three of their picks before Wilson were on defence ?  No sane person is going to draft a class around a guy they don't even have yet.

DEJ1948
DEJ1948

Wow.  For an Eagle's fan, to have had a shot at both players and come away with neither is a tough row to hoe. While Mike Vick will do well in Kelly's uptempo offense, he's in his 30's and notoriously fragile.  Needless to say, after two games, what Philly needs isn't offense, but they're desperate for help on the other side of the ball.  That secondary is a 400-yard passing game just waiting to happen.  Right now, I'd kill for just one guy back there who had Brian Dawkins presence.  

hoth733
hoth733

Interesting piece of history

Tim C
Tim C

@NeilCassidy  

Seahawk fan here and I agree.

Andrew Luck has been mysteriously missing as far as the media giving him even modest attention this year.

I believe in the long term>>>>he may very well surpass Wilson and Kaepernick when they are all finished with the NFL.

DViking
DViking

@NeilCassidy You're right, should be "two of the NFL's top emerging". I'd put 4 in that category: Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, and Colin Kaepernick.  Let's not bring up RGIII, he's more of a running back, with shoddy legs.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@SanityClause I hear they are going to adopt a child together in the off season after Kap moves in with Jim.  They will be the first to come out as a couple.  

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@closetjaysfan This is the dumbest story i have ever read.  It simply has to be some agenda to continue hyping Kapernick and Wilson even though both of them sucked really really bad this week.

RayIsBipolar
RayIsBipolar

@RobertSmith Exactly, this is a bogus story that has no real traction. Adam Schefter and his "sources" are always coming out with B.S. would've, could've situations. Schefter is nothing more than a gossip reporter.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@muser I give him total credit for scoring 3 points against the SeaChickens last night...

jason12345
jason12345

Harbaugh doesn't have the final say regarding personnel decisions. It wouldn't have been his choice. 

krindor
krindor

@NuggyBuggyThey may have based their draft strategy on getting Russell Wilson in the 3rd round.  Perhaps they looked at the QBs and thought "Hmm, we like Wilson as much (or nearly so) as the 1st round guys, but can get him in the 3rd.  Therefore, instead of having to go after a QB in the first two rounds, we have the flexibility to address other needs".  Therefore they would have geared their draft around the premise of getting Wilson in the 3rd.

krindor
krindor

@Hello1813 @BudPhyte 

They may have based their draft strategy on getting Russell Wilson in the 3rd round.  Perhaps they looked at the QBs and thought "Hmm, we like Wilson as much (or nearly so) as the 1st round guys, but can get him in the 3rd.  Therefore, instead of having to go after a QB in the first two rounds, we have the flexibility to address other needs".  Therefore they would have geared their draft around the premise of getting Wilson in the 3rd.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@JulesG @WHO*IS*ESPN They both sucked Jules, what game did you watch?  Krapernick played just like that name suggests.  He was freaking terrible.  Wilson was not much better.

jamesgpete
jamesgpete

@krindor @Hello1813 @BudPhyte Gearing their draft is like looking at a map to find out where to go. But the map is not the territory. In a draft things can change by the minute.

The real story is that a lot of teams would have liked to get Wilson and passed. That's their loss.