The NFL Owners Meetings are currently under way outside of Phoenix and a wide range of league-related concerns will be discussed. Philadelphia Eagles’ Jeffrey Lurie discussed a more specific matter on Monday: the possibility of his city serving one day as host to the biggest sporting event of the year.
Should the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl go well in 2014 and the weather not prove too disastrous, Lurie says that he will then push to have Philly have the honor of holding the sporting world’s attention.
“I will, yes. I will, if it’s a success. New York will help us.”
I’m not a big fan of having the game held in a cold weather climate and, though I adore this city, don’t think that Philadelphia is at its finest in the winter (spring, summer and fall, yes. Winter, not so much). But, if the NY/NJ Bowl is a success and there is an opportunity for Philly to have the honor of serving as host for the big game, why not go for it?
How interested are the Eagles in Geno Smith?
Lurie was asked about his presence at a private workout for West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith last week. As pointed out by Zach Berman of the Inquirer, it was the first time the owner attended a scouting trip since 1999, when Philadelphia had the number 2 pick and drafted Donovan McNabb. So, kind of a big deal, right?
The Eagles owner knows how much is riding on the team’s number 4 pick this year. So why was Lurie present at Smith’s workout?
“It’s a common thing when it’s an important decision. We haven’t had a very high draft pick in . . . 14 years. It’s true on anyone we look at. We want all the information we can if we stay at No. 4 there.”
One more draft pick for the Birds
The Eagles received a compensatory 7th-round draft pick on Monday, bringing the total number of picks for the 2014 draft to nine.
“Using the formula developed by the NFL Management Council, the free agents who factored into the Eagles’ compensatory pick were defensive end Juqua Parker (signed with Browns) and wide receiver Steve Smith (signed with Rams) against the addition of offensive tackle Demetress Bell.”
The complete picture of picks for the Birds is as follows: