As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve hated the discussion over whether to sign or not sign Sam Bradford, and today there are countless thought pieces on the least interesting local extension this side of the Raffl deal. This won’t be one of those. Rather, a few quick thoughts.
The deal. Les Bowen:
This agreement was always the most logical course for Bradford and for the Eagles, both of whom lacked obvious attractive alternatives. Both sides gave a little to get the deal done, at $36 million over the two years, $26 million guaranteed, and a possibility of $40 million total, including playoff incentives, a source involved in the talks said.
I think most are in agreement that this was a decent deal for both sides. Bradford avoids a risky-for-his-career one-year franchise tag, guaranteeing himself at least $26 million and the possibility of $40 million. [UPDATE: It’s $22 million fully guaranteed, and then $4 million as a roster bonus for 2017.] And the Eagles, whom it seems maybe paid a lot for A SAM BRADFORD, get stability at the quarterback position and retain the ability to be competitive. There were no other options. Without Bradford – and with Mark Sanchez, who is genuinely uninspiring – the Eagles would’ve essentially been writing off next season– a foolish decision given that a very healthy mediocre team with what projects to be a good defense could make a bit of a run. THE EAGLES COULD BE A VERY HEALTHY MEDIOCRE TEAM WITH A SAM BRADFORD. [They could also be 4-12 with A DOUG PEDERSON.] Bradford was a + quarterback in the second half of last season and there’s no reason to think that he can’t maintain that level or better next season, if healthy.
It’s not sexy. It’s a stop-gap. But it’s one that will allow the Eagles to at least not be an embarrassment next season, and, well, that’s about the most we can ask for. Another good signing, on paper, by Howie Roseman.
Now, can we stop talking about this?