Clearing Up the Reid-Barkley-Eagles Controversy

When the Eagles moved up in the fourth round to take Matt Barkley with the No. 98 pick, some wondered whether they were trying to jump ahead of Andy Reid and the Chiefs.

The Eagles originally had the 101st pick, while Kansas City had No. 99.

Reid was asked about the Chiefs potentially targeting Barkley and seemed to take a little jab at his former team.

“Well, we weren’t going there,” Reid told WHB-Radio in Kansas City, according to Sports Radio Interviews. “I actually was on the phone with Nick Saban from Alabama before that day ever started, so that’s just not the direction [we were going]. We had pinpointed Nico [Johnson] and that’s who we were going after.

“I know how rumors start and how people justify picks and all this other stuff, but I think if you look at our roster, we’ve got Akeem Jordan at middle linebacker; that’s the only player that we have there. So we needed a middle linebacker, we had a good one sitting right there and it fell that way and we were tickled pink to go get Nico and bring him on board. That rumor started and I heard it, and I had to laugh at it. That wasn’t even in the picture.”

While we love a good controversy here at Birds 24/7, unfortunately, we have to report that there’s not much to this one.

“No, not necessarily Kansas City,” said GM Howie Roseman, when asked if the Eagles were trying to jump ahead of the Chiefs. “Not necessarily Oakland. We just felt like this player was so far and away the best player on our board for the value that the trade was, it would have been silly that we lost him. It wasn’t because of any other team that we knew was going to take him or not.”

But did he know Reid liked Barkley?

“No, this wasn’t about Coach Reid, and us trying to do Coach Reid. …I had been to SC, the last six or seven years. I had obviously had conversations with Matt and knew that coach had a lot of respect for him as a player and a person. But we thought that it would be silly to lose the player over a seventh-round pick.”

Chip Kelly also explained that the Eagles were more worried about other teams moving up for Barkley than about the Jaguars, Chiefs or Raiders taking him.

The initial rumor can probably be traced back to Barkley himself. During his conference call with Philadelphia reporters, the QB said the Chiefs were “definitely looking to trade up” for him. But looking at the board, that doesn’t seem to make much sense. If the Chiefs wanted to move up, all they would have had give up was a seventh-round pick. Instead, they chose to stay put.

So again, this falls under the “much ado about nothing” category.

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  • PaoliBulldog

    Moving up three spots to play “gotcha” on Reid and the Chiefs is ridiculous. The Eagles liked Barkley, and they would have drafted him no matter which team had the hundredth pick.

  • JWill2412

    there is so much being made of this trade-up.. it’s as if they pulled a redskins for rgIII move or something.. they gave up one 7th round pick to move up 3 spots and take a guy they coveted in the 4th round. why can’t it just be left at that? The trade itself is NOT a big deal.. the pick is

  • eepobee

    as jwill said, stop even referring to this as “jumping up to get Barkley”. they dropped 1 of their 4 7th round picks. if they like the guy, it’s worth a 7th rounder, right?

  • BlindChow

    Well, I really want to believe Reid wanted him, so dammit, that’s what I’m going to believe.

  • GEagle

    Let’s create non news…It’s Tuesday and we are still talking about a 4th round pick? A big but highly flawed name fell to the 4th round, we got him….might be nothing more than a career backup, might be our Super Bowl winning QB…fact of the matter is you need to see him ATleast for two seasons before we can even start thinking about trying to figure out what he will ..but the city of overanalyzation and instant gratification is already trying to judge what he will be..Foles and Barkley should be left alone til ATleast 2014…let them grow and develope!!! Did we make all this fuss when we drafted Kafka? It was a good value pick, nothing more….and it’s going to be a LONG TIME before we can have any idea what Matt can be

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Riccardi/100000855463486 Michael Riccardi

      Yeah but Kafka threw more picks than TDs at Northwestern. Career backup was and is his “ceiling.” Barkley was a winner at a high-profile program, and a Heisman contender his junior year. So yeah, he’ll get talked about.

      • GEagle

        Hold on….the main KNOCK on Barkley is that he has been throwing double digit picks since his senior year of high school..He also is taking a beating from analyst, for being coddled and NEVER having TO WIN a starting Job..He also made a lot of excuses last week, and some are questioning his leadership….I actually would love getting any Big name QB In round 4, it was a good pick, but the instant overeactions is out of control”….just leave the kid alone for two years, and let him grow

  • Chuck B

    Since Andy didn’t want him, it’s an even better pick than I thought!

  • http://twitter.com/ScottJ610 Scott J

    Until Barkley proves otherwise, he’s just a 4th round draft pick. Lets see what we have before we care who didn’t get him.

  • nextgen

    They moved up on the Giants–

    • GEagle

      I think we significantly improved more than the Giants, Redskins and Cowboys, in both the drafrt and free agency…We certainly leaped the cowboys in terms of Coaching…Cowboys basically hired a defensive coordinator that has nightmares of our headcoach….I think one thing we can say for certain, is defensive coordinators in the NFL are going to really miss Andy, and they are going to despise Chip…
      I think the Giants made a HUGE mistake drafting Pugh over Long. pugh is more of the sure thing, Long has significantly higher ceiling….Whats really interesting between the Eagles and Giants, they drafted players at the same positions:
      Who got the Better player?
      ……….
      Lane Johnson vs. Justin Pugh?….advantage Eagles, and possibly a BIG adavatge
      ………
      Bennie Logan vs. Janothan Hankins? (very different style DT’s) but advantage Giants
      ………
      Matt Barkley vs. Ryan Nassib? Tough one..I think Eagles by a nose hair
      ………
      Earl Wolff vs. Cooper Taylor? Eagles could potentially be by a large margin
      ………
      Ertz vs. Damontre Moore(2 different position) Advantage Eagles

  • Junior Tautalatasi

    Couldn’t help but take note of this quote from Andy. “…if you look at our roster, we’ve got Akeem Jordan at middle linebacker; that’s the only player we have there. So we needed a middle linebacker, we had a good one sitting right there and it fell that way and we were tickled pink to go get Nico and bring him on board.”

    We’ve been led to believe the “draft for need” philosophy is what led to the Eagles draft troubles at the hands of either Banner or Andy. Howie’s “best available” method is supposed to make those troubles go away. Interesting to see how quickly referenced his philosophy and reverted back to it.

    • dollamakeuholla

      The Chiefs have more Problems then we thought if their present starting middle LB is Akeem Jordan! WHAT?

  • Jack Waggoner

    Well, I guess if Reid says he didn’t want Barkley, then who am I to argue? The Eagles traded a 7th rounder, one of four they had, to make sure that the guy they most wanted was still available to them. It was reasonable to think that other teams would have wanted him and were interested in grabbing him or trading up for him at that spot.