Eagles GM Howie Roseman has appeared to have a golden touch in reworking his team, and the team surpassed some of its own expectations in some of its transactions, sources said.
Sam Bradford's contract, signed in the offseason, was structured originally with an eye to potentially dealing him after this season, with the team hopeful it might be able to land a second-round pick for him before moving forward with Carson Wentz in 2017. When Teddy Bridgewater was injured in Minnesota and the Vikings pursued Bradford, Roseman ended up getting a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick that could move up higher.
Wentz was the NFL's Rookie of the Month for September and has yet to throw an interception. Bradford has helped stabilize the Vikings' passing game. The trade could be a win/win, but given how well Wentz has played and the fact he wasn't going to see the field anytime soon had Bradford still been on the roster, it has already worked out better than could have been expected for Philadelphia.
Roseman is also earning rave reviews among his peers for shedding players like Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso, who are struggling in Miami post-trade, and for moving the high-priced contract of DeMarco Murray to Tennessee. The Eagles have clearly been one of the league's surprise teams early on, looking more like a contender than the rebuilding team most anticipated in training camp.