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Chip Kelly and Philadelphia Eagles could be trying to trade for Marcus Mariota

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The 2015 NFL Draft is just a day away and already the rumour mill is going into overdrive. 

We've already reported that Muhammad Wilkerson of the Jets has been the center of trade talks, while the Cleveland Browns have apparently offered the Tennessee Titans the 12th and 19th picks in the first round in order to move up to the second overall spot to grab Marcus Mariota.

And speaking of Mariota, it seems like the Browns aren't the only team interested in moving up for the former Oregon superstar.

Nick Aliotti, who worked with Eagles head coach Chip Kelly for six years including four as Kelly’s defensive coordinator at Oregon, spoke to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and revealed that he believes the former Ducks boss is desperate to land Mariota.

If there’s a way that he can get Marcus Mariota without selling the farm, I think he’s still trying to do that,” Aliotti said.

Aliotti said that his old boss didn't tell him that directly, but Aliotti added that he knows Kelly well enough to know that, now he has control of player personnel, and has a plan for how he wants his offense to work, it would work a hell of a lot better with a quarterback like Mariota.

“I know Chip and I have a lot of respect for Chip. He has a plan,” Ailoti said. “I’ve had no conversations with Chip so I’m not putting words in his mouth, but I really think that if he can get Marcus Mariota he’s able to do exactly what he wants to do with his offense there in Philly.”

The Eagles don't really have the assets to move up to second overall without sacrificing a player or two, but it is a guarantee that despite whatever he says in the media, Chip Kelly is working hard to try and make it possible.


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