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Eagles offered Sam Bradford four-year contract worth $72 million before the season, per report


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The Philadelphia Eagles offered Sam Bradford a contract extension before the start of the 2015 NFL season, according to a report from Howard Eskin. Via CBS Philly:

"They were big fans of Bradford," Eskin explained. "They’re not as big of fans of Bradford because obviously they will not sign him to the contract that he turned down which was about $18 million a year." Eskin went on to clarify that the offer the Eagles made to Bradford was for 4 years at $18 million per year. Eskin also reported that it was Bradford’s agent, not Bradford, that ultimately influenced the turning down of the deal.

A report emerged during Eagles training camp that the team wanted to sign Bradford to a short-term extension. After Bradford had an impressive preseason showing, however, it was reported short-term contract talks were off the table.

Assuming Eskin's report is true, Bradford must be regretting his decision to not take the Eagles' offer. The former No. 1 overall pick has mightily struggled through seven games with Philadelphia.

Though the exact structure of the potential contract isn't known, it's very concerning that the Eagles would offer Bradford such a huge deal. Bradford was coming off of two straight ACL injuries and hadn't even played a single regular season snap yet. The Eagles would not be in a good situation if Bradford actually accepted that contract.

Bradford is scheduled to be a free agent after this season. At least one NFL general manager doesn't think the Eagles will keep him, but it remains to see how Chip Kelly will handle the situation.

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