Potential Landing Spots for Sam Bradford After Asking the Eagles for a Trade
The Philadelphia Eagles proudly announced they are holding onto quarterback Sam Bradford. In NFL Draft Day language, that translates to them desperately wanting to move him. The Eagles recently signed Chase Daniel for 3 years and $21 million. They also gave a truck load of draft picks to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for the 2nd overall pick, presumably to draft a QB. NFL teams simply don’t have the resources, roster space, or practice reps to invest heavily in 3 QBs.
Bradford is firmly on the trade block, but at this point of the offseason nearly every team in the league has their established QB, QB of the future or they’re about to draft their QB of the future. The market is limited, but here are his potential destinations:
New York Jets
Right now the only quarterbacks on their roster are Bryce Petty and Geno Smith. Most likely either the Jets or Ryan Fitzpatrick will blink, flinch, or cave and they will reach an agreement.
However, if that doesn’t happen they could make a deal for Bradford.
Johnny Football is gone. Robert Griffin III is injury-prone, inconsistent, and coming off a season where he didn’t play any actual football. He was great during his rookie season of 2012, but 4 years is a lifetime ago in NFL terms. Based on the contract Griffin received, the Browns aren’t so heavily invested in him that he has to be the starter in week 1. They might want Bradford to compete for the job or just to have as an RGIII insurance policy.
The Browns being the Browns, it’s possible they could bring in yet another former Round 1 QB to disappoint, but more than likely they will use their 2nd round pick, the 32nd overall to select their QB of the future.
San Francisco 49ers
Chip Kelly dealt for Bradford once before, but is he still a fan after getting fired with him under center last season in Philadelphia? The Colin Kaepernick circus is still in town, but 49ers’ GM Trent Baalke has stated he won’t rule out a trade.
The 49ers pick 7th, which is too late for Carson Wentz or Jared Goff and too early for anyone else. If Kaepernick is dealt, that could open the door for Kelly and Bradford to reunite in San Francisco.
Right now, everybody knows the Eagles are holding a fire sale for Sam Bradford. If they don’t like any of the low-ball offers they’re certain to receive, their best option might be to hold on to the disappointing former 1st overall pick. His trade value could increase once the season starts, should a QB on a contender go down with an injury, making them desperate for an experienced backup.
Bradford’s injuries and inconsistent play have resulted in a career falling far short of expectations, as he’s never played for an above .500 team and only played more than 10 games 3 times in 6 seasons. That said, he would still be an adequate backup should a team in playoff contention lose their starter. The Eagles may have no choice but to hold him until the market changes.
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