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Eagles, Sam Bradford reportedly discussing short-term contract extension

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This is an interesting development.

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The Philadelphia Eagles are discussing a short-term contract extension with quarterback Sam Bradford, according to a report from ESPN's Ed Werder. From the report:

"Source: Eagles discussing with QB Sam Bradford possible short extension committing him to team beyond 2015, final year of his contract."

This is interesting. A few weeks ago, a reported emerged that Bradford was planning to play out the final year of his rookie contract and wasn't rushing to sign an extension:

"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."

While Bradford poses a major injury risk, the Eagles do have incentive to get a deal done sooner rather than later. If Bradford plays very well in 2015, the team will have to hand out a lot of money to keep him after the season.

The problem for the Eagles, however, is that Bradford doesn't really need to rush to sign a contract. He can bet on himself and hope for the big pay day in the future.

A short-term contract extension could benefit both sides. Bradford would get some more guaranteed money up front and the Eagles could mitigate the risk of having to offer him a long-term deal without seeing him play first.

It'll be interesting to to see if/when a deal gets done. That there's reports of dialogue between the two sides seems to be a positive sign.