According to Les Bowen of Philly.com, Eagles President Joe Banner and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did a conference call yesterday with a group of chosen Eagles fans.
Surprisingly the Commissioner said yes, teams may have been able to agree upon a trade during that period and will be allowed to complete that trade once the lockout ends and teams are allowed to sign and trade players.
I think this might have been a mistake because teams could lie about having made a try and find a way to trade draft picks now even though they hadn’t agreed to it before. During my time around the NFL, I’ve found that teams will do anything to achieve a competitive advantage even if that means telling lie about their behavior.
This means the Eagles could have made an agreement with the Arizona Cardinals or another team to trade Kevin Kolb for a draft pick or a drafted player. For example, according to Goodell they could have agreed with the Cardinals to swap Kolb for rookie cornerback Patrick Peterson.
I think it might have been a misstatement by the Commissioner because allowing teams to complete trades which were agreed upon before the draft could wind up opening the door to abuse of NFL rules