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Eagles News: Sam Bradford might consider a short-term deal

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Why Sam Bradford May Reject Multi-Year Deals - Birds 24/7
Instead, Corry thinks Bradford may test the waters in free agency and take a short-term contract. "I really do see him potentially being on a one-year deal if that market doesn’t develop for him," Corry said. "He has the luxury of being able to bet on himself. [His agent] Tom Condon is not going to sell out Sam Bradford’s long-term future for what he feels isn’t sufficient money, unless Sam Bradford is adamant about getting a long-term deal some place now. The fact that he’s made all that money, he can be patient."

Sam Bradford decision changes Eagles' 2016 outlook - ESPN
The Sam Bradford decision is a knot that Chip Kelly left for Doug Pederson and the Philadelphia Eagles to untie. As we’ve said here before, Kelly should have made the Bradford trade contingent upon the Eagles negotiating a contract extension with the quarterback. As Kelly said in December, "We wouldn't have traded for him if we thought he was going to be here for a year." But that’s exactly the situation Kelly created by failing to tie a contract extension to the trade. If Bradford had refused to accept an extension, the Eagles could have voided the trade. That would have left them with Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez, but would that have been worse than their current predicament?

Chip Kelly Makes Big Mistake in Hiring Jim O'Neil as Defensive Coordinator - DBN
In his two years with the Browns, O'Neil was viewed as Mike Pettine's buddy who was suddenly given a title promotion as "defensive coordinator." In 2014, the Browns' secondary was stout, but the run defense was among the worst in football. What little success the Browns had was attributed to Pettine anyway, who was a defensive coach. This year, Pettine stepped away from the defense, allowing O'Neil a chance to grow into his role. Instead, pretty much every facet of the defense was terrible.

What positions does Eagles' Doug Pederson see as strongest in 2016 NFL Draft? - PhillyVoice
"Offensive line is an area that is strong in this draft," said Pederson. "I think the quarterback position has some talent there. The secondary usually has the guys that you're looking for to fill in at certain spots or holes. I think there's some talent there." Soooooo, basically, that marries up nicely with the Eagles' biggest needs then. That's convenient.

Pederson Talks in Mobile - Iggles Blitz
You also wonder if Lurie is here to meet Carson Wentz, the QB prospect. The Eagles have a key decision to make in regard to Sam Bradford. It would be easier to let him walk if you felt strongly that Wentz was a serious target at pick 13. Normally you have draft prospects come to Philly, but the decision on Bradford will have to be made by late February, way before prospects visit teams. I’m just guessing with Lurie and Wentz. That’s not based on a scoop or any type of rumor. Simply some speculation.

A Closer Look at the Eagles Contract with Zach Ertz - OTC
The Eagles also get the benefit of jumping the gun on the contracts for the next wave of tight ends. Generally( but not always) the team that strikes first and is the most proactive gets the best deal. The next agent works off that contract and the next works off that one and so on…Ertz’ contract becomes the building block rather than the market ceiling by signing him now. With contracts due soon for Jordan Reed, Tyler Eifert, and Travis Kelce this was an important one to get done. While the Bengals are often very stern with their contracts both the Chiefs and, more specifically, Redskins will go that extra mile to sign a player they want. Getting in before them is a smart move.

Here is why knowing who the Eagles meet with at Senior Bowl does matter -
First, the notion that the Eagles will sit down with every player at the Senior Bowl is wrong. During a media event Tuesday evening, I went around and asked a good portion of the players if they had talked with the Eagles. A large part said no, including Ohio State's Braxton Miller, Florida inside linebacker Antonio Morrison and many others.

Pauline's Senior Bowl Recap: Wednesday -
Carson Wentz/QB/North Dakota State: Wentz started to assert his authority on Day Two, displaying the best arm strength in less than ideal conditions. Wentz threw with great velocity as his passes cut through the wind and his accuracy was unaffected. Most impressive were his sprint out throws as Wentz was able to deliver the ball quicker and further than any quarterback in attendance.

Senior Bowl – South Day 2 - The Scouts Notebook
A pair of edge rushers really stood out. Dadi Nicolas and Noah Spence were flying off the edge and giving blockers fits. Nicolas is only 6-3, 235, but he has 10 1/2 inch hands and 35 1/4 inch arms. Those are great physical traits for an edge rusher. The question with Nicolas is how much bigger he can get. He has a good frame, but is already very muscular. I’m not sure he can carry 260 the right way. Nicolas was disruptive all day when coming off the edge. He will be a valuable pass rusher in the NFL. Can he get big enough to be a starter, or is he able to play LB in base sets and then rush on passing downs?

Frank Reich jumped at chance to work with Doug Pederson - CSN Philly
Working with Doug," Reich answered on Tuesday evening after a Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. "This business is all about people. It’s all about connecting with people who have the same values, the same kind of philosophy, as far as football, how to get the most out of players. "And you look at what they did in Kansas City this year, the string of 11 games, Doug’s success, the people he’s worked with. It’s all about the people you work with and having that same vision and the same like-minded philosophy of how to get the most out of guys and what system you want to run."

How each Super Bowl 2016 starter was rated as a high school recruit - SB Nation
The Panthers are filled with former blue-chippers. The Broncos? Not so much.

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