Eagles GM Howie Roseman (I will not use his official title because he’s the damn GM, come on) made a call into ESPN radio’s Mike and Mike this morning to talk trading up for Carson Wentz, signing Chase Daniel, and dealing with Sam Bradford. It was a QB-a-palooza.
Roseman told M&M that he doesn’t know if the report on Sam Bradford ignoring calls and texts is accurate because he hasn’t tried to call or text him:
“I have not spoken to [Sam], I have not reached out to him so I’d probably have to go talk to some people here and ask them [if Sam is ignoring texts and calls]. But Sam’s a pro and understands he’s got a great opportunity here to come in, be the starting QB with our group of players around him and hopefully win some games …
No [we are not considering a trade]. We’re gonna do what’s in the best interest of our team. If anything makes us better we’ll look at it, but we’re really comfortable where we are with the QB position.
We have not [given Condon permission to seek a trade].”
At least from Howie’s perspective, it seems like a “two can play that game” response to Bradford cutting off communication with the team. He hasn’t reached out to Sam, Sam hasn’t reached out to him, and he hasn’t given Sam’s agent permission to seek trades. It’s like the most boring and bloodless Mexican standoff of all time. But Howie clarified that while he let Sam know about the trade before it was announced, he didn’t necessarily care how he felt about it or how it looked:
“We’d been very clear publicly and privately that we were gonna draft a young QB … it was a priority for us, we needed to get one in here we were gonna develop. When we signed Sam we told him he was our starting QB. We told him about the trade before the trade happened. But we gotta do what’s in the best interest of our team in the short-term and the long-term. That’s our job.”
It’s not that the fans in general were ever on Bradford’s side, but it’s incredible how Howie went from odd-man-out punchline to guy Eagles fans will defend against their starting QB. Everything has gone right for Roseman since regaining control, but the team hasn’t played a snap either. That’s the real test, but he’s flying high right now.