Sam Bradford’s agent, Tom Condon – who is the guy who tells you to cut the yellow wire, forcing you to find out the hard way that it was the one that triggers the explosion – went on Rich Eisen’s show yesterday and explained why he and his client had to act like big, gigantic, redundantly-adjectivied babies [transcription from Philly.com]:
“They made a business decision and we made one, too. We thought we had a chance to go to a really good football team and be there for a long time, and that opportunity was there, and the attempt was made. It was just that when the Broncos contacted the Eagles and talked about a trade, they couldn’t agree on a price, and they drafted someone in the first round. At that point, our options are pretty limited. So our next best option is go back and prepare for the season, and then we’re back to where you already said – he goes in, plays great, he’s lights out, everyone loves him, and he either sits Carson for another year or he’s very valuable as a trade commodity.”
Brilliant assessment of his client’s leverage here– which was basically none. Our options were pretty limited. For as dumb as I think the Eagles can be, even they realized Bradford didn’t have many options besides the Broncos.
Also yesterday, Sal Pal – whose words I always take with a grain of salt and perhaps an Aleve or two – said on 97.5 that Bradford walked out of a meeting with the Eagles and he himself demanded the trade [transcription from NJ.com]:
“When the trade was made, Doug Pedeson, Howie Roseman, and Jeffrey Lurie had a meeting with Sam Bradford. This is way before Sam had any sort of conversation with Tom Condon. In that meeting, he did not like the idea that the Eagles had traded up to No. 2 and expressed his displeasure, rather emphatically. He walked out of the meeting and told them he was leaving and he wanted to be traded and was leaving to go home to Oklahoma.
“He left the campus at NovaCare rather abruptly, went back to Oklahoma and perhaps on the phone in the car on the way to the airport, he called Tom Condon and told him what he was going to do and Condon was sort of stuck trying to figure out what to do with Sam Bradford.”
Hey, maybe one of these days we’ll actually hear from Bradford himself, just as soon as he removes the sand from his vagina.