The Philadelphia Eagles might not be signing Sam Bradford to a long-term contract extension any time soon. According to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL media, the Bradford plans to play out the final year of his rookie contract in 2015. More from Rapoport:
"Was asked about Sam Bradford’s contract on NFL Total Access: I’m told he plans to play it out this year on the final year of his deal. For Sam Bradford, not signing an extension now may allow him to maximize his value. He takes that over more security long-term."
Bradford is scheduled to make nearly $13 million in 2015. None of his salary is currently guaranteed, though that will change if/when he's on the Week 1 regular season roster.
It's clear Bradford is ready to bank on himself, similar to how Jeremy Maclin did last season before cashing in on a big contract in free agency this offseason.
There's a chance Bradford's risk could pay off. Michael Vick, Nick Foles, and Mark Sanchez all put up big numbers while playing in Chip Kelly's offense. If Bradford can stay healthy, there's a good chance he could do the same.
Of course, staying healthy has been a big issue for Bradford. The 27-year-old quarterback is coming off two ACL injuries. He hasn't played a full 16 game season since the 2012 NFL season.
On one hand, the Eagles might be OK not having to rush to pay Bradford. It would not be ideal for the team if they signed Bradford to an extension and then he got hurt again. On the other hand, the Eagles would likely prefer to sign Bradford now before his value potentially skyrockets heading into the 2016 offseason.
Earlier this offseason, multiple reports indicated the Eagles are trying to sign Bradford to a long-term deal. Chip Kelly himself confirmed as much. To be determined how it plays out, but for now don't expect a deal to happen.
In the meantime, do expect Bradford to be the team's starter this season (if healthy).