The absurd drama of Sam Bradford pretending to hold out after collecting an $11 million signing bonus on a two-year contract ended this week when the presumptive Eagles starting quarterback showed up for offseason training activities. There was even a brief retirement quasi-threat/rumor/report.
But the drama isn't over yet, thanks to his agent, Tom Condon, continuing to chat about the situation publicly. Condon appeared on The Rich Eisen Show Wednesday and said (confirmed?) the Broncos were in discussions with the Eagles to trade for Bradford.
"We thought we had a chance to go to a really good football team and be there for a really long time. And that opportunity was there and the attempt was made," Condon said. "It was just that when the Broncos contacted the Eagles and talked about the trade, they couldn't agree on a price, so they drafted somebody in the first round. At that point our options are pretty limited. Our next best option is to go back and prepare for the season and then we're back to where you've already said. He either goes in, plays great, he's lights out and everybody loves him. And he either sits Carson for another year or he's very valuable as a trade commodity."
That was Bradford's only option all along, honestly. Having the Eagles draft a quarterback early and proceeding to pout about it and demand a trade was a terrible look.
Especially when, and we'll say this again, Bradford's biggest concern was becoming a bridge quarterback ... except he signed a two-year contract. Really it was just a one-year deal with a second-year option. That's the definition of a bridge contract.
Anyway, about that compensation Condon mentioned during his interview. According to Andrew Brandt of ESPN, the Eagles were asking for multiple high picks in exchange for Bradford. Specifically, two second-round picks.
After paying $11M bonus, of course Eagles asked for a lot in trade - two 2nd-rounders - to justify investment. And of course Denver said no.
- Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) May 11, 2016
Did John Elway stop Howie Roseman/Condon at "two" or did he let him get to "second-round" before he cut him off and hung up? There was just a zero-percent chance the Broncos, who refused to give up a fourth-round pick for Colin Kaepernick in a trade with the 49ers, were willing to give up a pair of second-round picks ahead of the 2016 NFL Draft.
On the other hand, the Eagles' need to get plenty in return is understandable. They were already on the hook for $11 million of the $22 million guaranteed they promised Bradford in the form of a signing bonus. Like, it was a already spent -- they were trading Bradford and an $11 million coupon more than just the player.
This whole offseason for Denver was about Elway refusing to flinch at the quarterback market in the face of Peyton Manning's retirement. He wouldn't overpay for Brock Osweiler (who took $72 million from Houston and left in free agency) and he wouldn't give up too much in a trade.
He was willing to be patiently bold and it paid off nicely when he landed Paxton Lynch in the first round. Everything isn't solved, but the value Lynch provides with his tools and skills at his cost as opposed to the value of Bradford for a pair of second-round picks is a no brainer.