Pondering Johnny Manziel to Eagles

Respected NFL columnist Peter King had a fascinating note in his latest “Monday Morning Quarterback” column on SI.com.

King floated the notion of the Philadelphia Eagles potentially trading up in next month’s NFL draft to acquire Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Even if it’s not true, it’s interesting to ponder.

King: There’s a rumor (apparently faulty) making the rounds about the Eagles moving up to try to get Johnny Manziel. I wouldn’t pass it along if the person who told me wasn’t smart and, to this point, reliable. But I just can’t see it, and I have someone who would know better than the rumor source telling me it absolutely won’t happen. Which seems smart to me, seeing that Nick Foles' 27 touchdowns and two interceptions and 119.2 passer rating would be pretty damned foolish to throw out the window for Manziel. I just put it out there as an example of the kind of stuff that makes the rounds when so much of what happens at this time of year is designed to be a misdirection play. As Bills GM Doug Whaley said Friday, speaking to western New York reporters: “It’s finally one time where we can use you guys (reporters) to our advantage. There are things that you put out there to see if someone bites, and there are some things you put out there that are true. You have people read between the lines and you don’t want to show your hand. I’m sure everyone is doing the same thing."

Eagles coach Chip Kelly has repeatedly said that Foles is his No. 1 option at quarterback.

But … anything is possible. Even if it seems highly unlikely.