CLEVELAND (92.3 the Fan) – Regardless of the outcome of the Browns-Eagles opener next Sunday in Philadelphia, the Browns are already winners but they could face what they could’ve had in this year’s draft.
According to multiple reports out of Philadelphia, the Eagles plan to start Carson Wentz – the second overall pick in this year’s draft – in the Week 1 against the Browns if he is healthy following the trade of quarterback Sam Bradford to the Vikings Saturday morning.
The Browns scouted Wentz heavily leading up to the draft before trading out and sending the second overall pick as well as a 2017 fourth round selection to the Eagles in exchange for Philadelphia’s 2016 first-(8th overall), third- (77th overall) and fourth-round pick (100th overall) as well as their 2017 first- and 2018 second-round picks. Cleveland used those 2016 selections from Philadelphia in 3 separate trades to add additional picks.
The Eagles received the Vikings’ 2017 first round pick and a conditional pick in that deal.
If Wentz, who sustained a hairline fracture in his ribs in the Eagles preseason opener, can’t go, Chase Daniel would start. Wentz completed 12 of 24 passes for 89 yards and an interception before leaving that game.
The Browns have only won once in Week 1 since 1999 – a 20-3 win over the Ravens in 2004. They’ve lost 11 straight openers since.