Yeah I’m Sure the Eagles Are Totally Going to Lock up Sam Bradford Just Days Before a Potentially Franchise-Altering Draft

At this point it’s nearly impossible to mention every Eagles rumor, and probably even more difficult to determine which – if any – have merit. The assigned media is so deep in the weeds that they’re grasping at anything resembling an edible morsel of information, which may or may not be poisonous. Sports talk radio? Running out of topics:

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So when late yesterday it was reported by strategic mouthpiece Chris Mortensen that the Eagles were working on an extension with mediocre quarterback Sam Bradford, and that Bradford will not sign an extension with any team except the Eagles, just days before a draft which could potentially serve as the conduit to one of the most likely coach-quarterback pairings in history, the report was, rightfully, met with some skepticism.

Jimmy Kempski:

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Eliot Shorr-Parks:

As with any report his time of year, just three days before the draft, you have to ask, why is it being leaked?

Bradford’s camp could be getting it out there that they don’t want to sign an extension with any other team, making it harder for the Eagles to trade him. Or, it could be the Eagles’ front office letting it be known they are trying to sign Bradford in an effort to drive up his price, and convince other teams they aren’t just going to give him away

Zach Berman, picking up on the Bradford-camp thread:

The most interesting part of the report was that Bradford seeks a no-trade clause this season and that he would only sign an extension with the Eagles. This would seem to send the message to other teams that dealing for Bradford would not come with any long-term contract security, thus limiting his value. The “no-trade clause” indicates that Bradford still thinks there’s a chance the Eagles could deal with him. It adds even more intrigue to the next 72 hours.

If this isn’t a strategic leak, I don’t know what is. Presumably any trade that would have the Eagles moving up in the draft to get Mariota would include Bradford, a hypothetical deal that could potentially hinge on Bradford agreeing to an extension with the acquiring team. But, if Bradford, coming off two ACL surgeries, has big enough balls to balk at such a thing, then it’s in the Eagles’ best interest to threaten to walk away (negotiating 101). How does one do that? By leaking that they’re close to locking up Bradford (which is one of the saddest sentences I’ve ever written on this site). Or this comes from Bradford’s people (I can’t believe he has them). But I think it’s the Eagles– the first line of Mort’s Tweet sounds like it was written by Chip Kelly:

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Maybe not a pawn, but no more than a rook… who can’t move laterally. [Thanks, I’m here all week.]

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26 Responses

  1. Give it up, Kyle….Jim….Eytan Shander….Michael Barkann, Angelo Cataldi, Mike Missanelli…Josh Innes. Mariota is not coming here. The NFL is not going to bend over backwards and teams take less than value trades just so Chip and Marriota can be together. This is a fantasy durmmer up by sports radio hosts and bloggers to give them something to discuss for three months because Philly spots was dead in the winter/spring of 2015.

    If you have three teams, four teams, five teams involved in a trade the Eagles still do not have enough to move from 20 to 2….or even 1. It is not going to happen. Give it up. Just stop.

    Bradford is the starting QB unless he gets injured or Sanchez by some miracle outperforms him in camp. In which case Sanchez will be the QB.

      1. He is just like Mariota in that neither will ever play for the Eagles.

  2. It’s sad what is happening in Baltimore. A bunch of misunderstood yutes need our help and compassion. And if you don’t agree, you need to look within because you are Reiley Cooper.

      1. Agreed!

        I really hate that law Obama signed forcing us all to listen to the Mike Missinelli show everyday.

    1. Every caller will start the conversation with “Listen” and then attempt to make their points. How stupid does that sound? If Miss wasn’t going to listen (OK, just a little listening), they wouldn’t have put the caller on the air.

  3. Bradford is our man. Mariota would not do well here. Weak arm, not super accurate, his lack of ints last year was due to scheme and weak competition. Plus he is too soft… He couldn’t handle the boos.

  4. Bradford would be a fool to sign an extension now. If he gambles on himself, he could get a huge deal next year, regardless of where he plays. We would be foolish to sign him to any kind of an extension until after the draft.

  5. Ummm…as Bobby Fischer pointed out above, rooks can only move laterally or vertically. Perhaps you meant bishop? #jokefail

  6. This would mean Aunt and John would have to cancel their trip and luau dinner.

  7. could someone tell me why any team (including the Eagles) would want Sam Bradford? Honestly, I really need for someone to dumb it down for me because the fact that one team traded for him made no sense to me – if another team traded for him it might cause the universe to implode.

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