NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles selected quarterback Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick on Thursday after making three trades to move up from No. 13 to No. 2 in the first round of the draft.
Wentz, who started just 23 games through his college career at North Dakota State, was never expected to be a top-5 pick until he blew away scouts and coaches with his physical prowess and incredible arm strength during the NFL Draft Combine and practice sessions leading to the Draft.
With quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel already under contract, the Eagles front office engineered a series of trades to land Wentz. Is there a roster with a better ensemble of quarterbacks in the NFL? Despite drafting Wentz, the Eagles are planning to keep the disgruntled Bradford.
NFL Draft: What happens to Sam Bradford?
Bradford had the opportunity to join the free agency market in March. However, he agreed to a two-year, $35 million contract when the Eagles held the 13th pick. However, all that changed the minute Eagles traded up. “Sam’s (Bradford) our quarterback. I’ve been clear about that. Whenever he comes back, we’ll welcome him with open arms,” said Eagles’ executive VP Howie Roseman, ending speculation that the former Rams superstar could be traded to allow rookie Wentz to assume a starting role.
Doug Pederson, the Eagles coach, acknowledged that Wentz isn’t even expected to dress for a game next season unless Bradford and/or Daniel are traded or injured. Essentially, Wentz is expected to play spectator for his rookie season. “The beauty of our situation is we have two veterans ahead of him that he can learn from,” said Pederson.
Pederson: Bradord is “our guy”
Earlier on Thursday, Pederson reiterated to NBC 10 that Bradford will stay with the team. “I’ve said all along Sam’s our guy, he’s my guy and he’s a part of the Philadelphia Eagles, and it’s just unfortunate where we are right now,” Pederson said in his first public comments on the matter. “But the thing is, once he’s here, he’s our guy. Because it’s a voluntary offseason program, there’s not a whole lot we can do. But at the same time, we just know we want him to be a part of the Philadelphia Eagles this year.”
Philadelphia are desperate to turn their fortunes after a series of underwhelming seasons. They haven’t won a playoff game since QB Donovan McNabb’s departure seven years ago. Will they turn things around this season?
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