Sam BradfordQB PHI (4) 2 months ago4 Comments
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.
Sam BradfordQB PHI (4) 2 months ago
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.
Sam BradfordQB PHI (4) 3 months ago
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.
Sam BradfordQB PHI (4) 3 months ago2 Comments
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.
Sam BradfordQB PHI (4) 3 months ago
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.
Sam BradfordQB PHI (4) 3 months ago14 Comments
Bradford was not on hand Monday for the Eagles' latest round of voluntary organized team activities, philly.com reports.
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 Sam Bradford and go back to our statements last week - that Sam is our starting quarterback," Roseman declared Monday. "His agent and Sam know how we feel about him. These workouts are voluntary. We look forward to seeing Sam again in the near future." In addition to Bradford, the Eagles also roster Chase Daniel -- who signed a three-year $21,000,000 contract with the team in March -- and once the team's future franchise QB is drafted and then signed, there would certainly be a glut of financial resources devoted to the position. Ideally, the Eagles won't have to rush their new QB to the field, but unless Bradford has a change of heart, we suspect that the team might at least consider dealing him (and his hefty contract) to a QB-needy team such as the Broncos, Jets or 49ers.
Sam BradfordQB PHI (4) 3 months ago2 Comments
Bradford has informed the Eagles that he wants to be traded and will not participate in their offseason program any longer, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Bradford's request for a trade comes after the Eagles traded into the draft's No. 2 slot, where they're widely expected to select another quarterback. That situation would cast a shadow over Bradford's starting position, something he evidently wouldn't appreciate after signing a two-year, $36 million extension with the team earlier this offseason. As a result, Bradford hopes to be dealt elsewhere in search of a less contentious starting gig, and will remain away from the Eagles while awaiting a trade.
Sam BradfordQB PHI (4) 3 months ago1 Comment
Bradford indicated that he is not concerned about the likelihood that the Eagles will draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in next week's NFL draft, philly.com reports. "I really don't pay attention to any of that stuff," Bradford said following Wednesday's trade that landed Philadelphia the selection. "If it happens, it's something I'll deal with when it happens. But if it doesn't happen, there's really no sense in wasting time or thought or energy on that."
What Bradford is focusing on is that after two straight offseasons rehabbing knee injuries, he'll be a full participant in spring workouts for the first time since 2013. "It's been a long time since I've had just a normal offseason," Bradford noted Wednesday as he embarks on the journey of learning new coach Doug Pederson's offensive scheme. "It's great. It's extra reps, especially learning a new system - being able to go out there today and be able to participate 100 percent, not being limited, to be able to get out there and go through the calls, make decisions. The more reps you get, the more comfortable you become." While it's viewed as inevitable that the Eagles will land either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff next Thursday, NFL.com relays that Eagles executive vice president Howie Roseman is currently firmly committed to Bradford as the team's starting quarterback, with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport putting forth the idea that ideally, the team's franchise QB to be named later won't have to play for a year or two.
Sam BradfordQB PHI (4) 3 months ago6 Comments
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggests that the Eagles have no plans to try to trade Bradford, despite the team's acquisiton of the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on Wednesday.
While the move all but assures that the Eagles will draft either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz, Rapoport believes that the team is of a mind to create a situation where their future franchise QB "doesn't have to play for a year (or two)." The Eagles signed Bradford to a two-year, $35 million deal back in March, a hefty pay rate that is certainly not in line with the going stipend for backup or mentor quarterbacks in the NFL.
Sam BradfordQB PHI (4) 5 months ago1 Comment
The Eagles have signed Bradford to a two-year contract extension, NJ.com reports.
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bradford's new deal with the Eagles is a two-year, $36 million pact, that includes $26 million in guaranteed money. Bradford, who was acquired in a deal with the Rams in advance of the 2015 season, threw for 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 14 games during his first year with Philadelphia. Now further removed from his second torn left ACL (suffered in August of 2014), Bradford will look to flourish under new head coach Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Frank Reich, while continuing to build upon his rapport with the likes of wideouts Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor, as well as tight end Zach Ertz.