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 had missed two weeks of the Eagles' offseason program already after making a trade request, but returned to the team's facility Monday for the upcoming week of 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 individual and team drills while also thawing his relationship with the organization this week. In fact, Bradford released a statement through his agent committing to the Eagles going forward. Bradford's change of heart comes as good news for the Eagles, as they've consistently stated he's their desired starting quarterback in 2016, when his potential mentorship of No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz could prove similarly valuable to his on-field contributions along the way.
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 his best interest to make peace with the unusual situation.
Mike Klis of 9News relays that the Broncos reportedly reached out to the
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 anytime soon. For now, the Eagles continue to maintain that Bradford remains their starter in advance of the 2016 season.
Bradford was not on hand Monday for the
Meanwhile, ESPN's Adam Schefter relayed Monday that Bradford has asked the Eagles to trade him, with the QB indicating that he didn't plan to participate in any more optional work with the team. Bradford's stance is motivated by the Eagles decision to trade up to No. 2 overall in this week's NFL Draft, where the team is expected to land either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz. For his part, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman maintained that the Eagles view Bradford as their starter in advance of the draft. "I want to reiterate our support for
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