Sam Bradford Rejoins Team Activities After Holdout; Rescinds Trade Request
Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback, Sam Bradford, returned to the NovaCare Complex on Monday to resume team activities. Bradford only missed voluntary workouts. Adam Schefter of ESPN released the following statement of Bradford’s:
“I’m excited to be back on the field today with my teammates and coaches. The business-side of football is sometimes a necessary consideration. My attention and efforts are focused on the participation in and preparation for a championship season: I am committed to my teammates and the Eagles organization for nothing less.”
This arguably translates to, “I didn’t receive what I planned on, so I’ll stay here I guess.” Bradford signed a 2-year extension this past March worth $35 million as he was expected to be the guy moving forward. He threw for 3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Well, a plethora of draft trades later and the arrival of a guy named Carson Wentz from North Dakota State clearly put that idea to rest. Bradford demanded a trade after the trade up when he realized the Eagles clearly did not have long term plans for him. A possible destination for the QB was rumored to be the Denver Broncos. However, that idea also went out the window when the Broncos selected Paxton Lynch in the first round of the NFL Draft.
So, What’s the Plan From Here?
The best-case scenario for both the Eagles and Bradford is that he starts this year and performs well. Most quarterbacks taken first or second overall are expected to start from day one. Carson Wentz, however, may not be ready for that. There has been talk of how weak this quarterback class was, but that doesn’t stop teams from drafting guys high because of the demand for a franchise quarterback.
Ideally for the Eagles, Wentz will sit behind Bradford for a year — or maybe even two — and learn. This all falls on Bradford, though. If he throws eight picks in week one, be prepared for the Wentz chants to scream down in Philadelphia.
If Bradford performs well, then Wentz can continue to develop and the trade market for Bradford will open up more. The Eagles can then trade Bradford to get back some of the picks they lost to get Wentz. This works out for Bradford as well as he can go somewhere and be the guy all while receiving a nice pay day.
(Sam Bradford Rejoins Team Activities After Holdout)