Sam Bradford is in an awkward spot. He got paid starting quarterback money this offseason before the Eagles paid more than backup quarterback money to sign Chase Daniel. And then they traded a pallet of draft picks for the second overall pick and then used a skywriter on fire to declare they’d use it on a quarterback.
In his press conference on the matter, Howie Roseman looked like he was flat-out lying twice. Once when he didn’t bust into a cold sweat when asked about how he told Bradford, and again when he said that the newly drafted QB isn’t necessarily there to take Sam’s job, but is another asset that – who knows – they could totally trade down the line. Okay.
It would make 100% total sense for Bradford to want out-of-town. Initial reports said he did. But now Yahoo is saying that’s not the case, or, at least he won’t ask for a trade.:
“While Philadelphia could still deal Bradford during the draft or ensuing offseason, the sources said Bradford is prepared to prove to the Eagles that he’s a franchise quarterback. He’ll embrace the challenge if he remains in Philadelphia, sources said, despite being upset that the team surrendered draft assets that could have helped him.”
Though not ideal, Bradford still finds himself in a decent situation. It’s not all about the money, but he is a starting QB in the NFL (for at least one season to show what he’s got ) making $22 million guaranteed. If he blows up this year, he could be traded before next season to clear up space for Wentz, get the Eagles an asset or two, and get himself another long-term deal with a team. That’s a win-win-win. But that’s not necessarily the locked-in best case scenario, according to Yahoo:
“It’s also not out of the realm of possibility that Bradford plays well enough to convince the Eagles to keep him for the length of his full two-year contract. While it’s assumed Philadelphia will want to turn to Wentz in 2017, the Eagles will surely keep their options open if Bradford suddenly excels and creates a situation similar to the San Diego Chargers in 2004. That year, Drew Brees broke through as an elite player for the Chargers, despite the team having acquired Philip Rivers, the fourth overall pick in that season’s draft. While most assumed Brees’ 2004 season would be his last with the Chargers, the team ended up using the franchise tag to keep him an additional year, forcing Rivers to spend an additional season waiting in the wings.”
Here’s the difference there: The Charges didn’t trade up for Rivers. They drafted Eli Manning, who threw a hissy fit, and they swapped him to the Giants for Rivers, a third round pick, and future first and fifth round picks. And even then, they eventually kept the rookie over the vet.
With the fan base as fired up and ready to go as they are, keeping Bradford one more year just because could be the worst outcome of all.