It is clearly a dramatic move from the Philadelphia Eagles when they acquired the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft via a trade with the Cleveland Browns.
Because of this, Sam Bradford, currently under contract for $35 million over the next two years, is now asking to be traded as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The move, according to Schefter, has the Eagles quarterback “hot,” and that Bradford “wants to show everyone who’s best.”
The minute the Eagles traded for the right to draft, Carson Wentz made the $17.5 million contract they gave Bradford this offseason stick out like a sore thumb, considering they also paid trusted Chase Daniel in free agency as well. Besides, many thought Bradford is grossly overpaid, especially considering his underwhelming production.
The jilted QB, who started for the Eagles last year, and whom they are still calling their starter, has also said that he will no longer participate in the team’s offseason program, as confirmed by FOX Sports NFL Insider Mike Garafolo.
When Philly traded with Cleveland, Howie Roseman, Eagles executive vice president of football operations, said that although he was comfortable with having both players, the team still refuses to move Bradford.
“I want to reiterate our support for Sam Bradford. He is our starting quarterback,” Roseman said per NFL News.
Ensuring that they would have a franchise quarterback, the Eagles spared no cash and tied up a lot of draft pick currency in the position this offseason. But since they basically mortgaged their future to move up and select Bradford’s replacement, it would come as to no surprise that their supposed-to-be starter for the 2016 season is unhappy with the Eagles’ decision.
As the Eagles have now stated that they no longer see Bradford as a long-term solution, to the point of even planning to draft his replacement, would the Broncos or 49ers view Bradford as their quarterback hope? Then again, Bradford’s $22 million guaranteed deal will most likely be an indication that he won’t be traded anytime soon.