Sam Bradford probably thought when he signed a two-year deal worth $36 million, including $22 million guaranteed, in March that he would be the Eagles starting quarterback for 2016 and probably 2017. But then the Eagles traded up in the NFL Draft to select Carson Wentz, and Bradford is unhappy to be in Philadelphia. Now, the Eagles have suggested Bradford will remain the starter, but adding Wentz and Chase Daniel is not a good sign for his long-term future. Bradford was traded to the Eagles in 2015, and he struggled in his lone season with Chip Kelly. He passed for 3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, and he also missed two games due to injury. He only had four games with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league, but hopefully the addition of new coach Doug Pederson will help Bradford improve. He still has the same top weapons in Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz, and it's hard to expect a dramatic turnaround, especially since he'll be looking over his shoulder at a high-upside rookie ready to take his job. Bradford is only worth consideration as a low-end No. 2 quarterback, and he should not be drafted in the majority of leagues.
Bradford has separated himself from his challengers for the starting quarterback job, Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz, the Intelligencer reports. Bradford already had a slight edge in the competition, but head coach Doug Pederson said Bradford strengthened his hold on the job during organized team activities.
Bradford participated in the Eagles' first OTAs of the season Tuesday, CSN Philly's Dave Zangaro reports. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said before practice Tuesday that Bradford is "the guy," according to Zangaro's report. Despite the Eagles' aggressive move in this year's Draft to move up and draft fellow quarterback Carson Wentz, it appears Bradford will enter training camp as the team's primary option at quarterback. If he plays well enough to earn the job, he'll have 16 games lined up ahead of him to prove he's worth a long-term contract in the near future, either from the Eagles or another team.
Bradford reported to the Eagles' team facility for Monday's voluntary workout, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Bradford missed two weeks of the Eagles' offseason program already due to a reported trade request, but returned to the team's facility ahead of this week's workouts. With OTAs slated to begin next week and no immediate landing place for Bradford elsewhere, the quarterback is expected to participate in Philadelphia's on-field drills while also thawing his relationship with the team this week. That comes as good news for the Eagles, as they've consistently stated Bradford is their desired starting quarterback in 2016, when he could mentor rookie No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz in the process.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said Bradford is missing out on valuable experience at offseason workouts and meetings, NFL.com reports. Displeased with his team's decision to trade up for fellow quarterback Carson Wentz, the 28-year-old Bradford is skipping voluntary activities while reportedly asking for a trade. Denver was mentioned as a possible destination prior to the draft, but any deal could prove difficult after Bradford signed a two-year, $36 million extension during the offseason. Furthermore, the Broncos selected QB Paxton Lynch in the first round, significantly decreasing the odds that the team would have interest in Bradford. Though seemingly still viewed as the likely starter, Bradford finds himself facing significant pressure, with the Eagles having also signed Chase Daniel to a three-year, $21 million contract in March. With such a crowd in the team's quarterback room, Bradford feels that he's merely biding time in Philadelphia while the team tries to replace him. Although he's correct, it's probably in Bradford's best interest to make peace with the unusual situation.
Mike Klis of 9News relays that the Broncos reportedly reached out to the Eagles regarding a possible deal for Bradford. Per the report, which Klis was unable to confirm with the Broncos, the Eagles' asking price was said to be too high. Meanwhile, NJ.com echoes the notion that the Eagles aren't inclined to give Bradford away at this stage, but given that the team is about to acquire another high-profile QB in the NFL draft, we suspect that the trade speculation surrounding Bradford won't go away any time soon. For now, the Eagles continue to maintain that Bradford remains their starter in advance of the 2016 season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/06||@New York Giants||31||24.56|
|12||11/29||Green Bay Packers||15||19.78|
|16||12/23||New York Giants||31||24.56|
|3 Year Avg||63.4||1804||11||6||23||0||134|