Maybe Philadelphia Eagles fans don't need to push the panic button after all. Despite a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter about how the Eagles don't plan to franchise Sam Bradford and have interest in bringing Nick Foles back, Les Bowen of the Daily News is now reporting just the opposite.
League source with knowledge of the situation: The Eagles are not considering bringing back Nick Foles, though Pederson did like him..— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) February 7, 2016
Source also says cap numbers on Foles being traded by Rams wouldn't work.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) February 7, 2016
Also, Source says no decision has been reached on franchising Bradford. First day for tag Feb. 16, and u don't even have to decide then— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) February 7, 2016
Jeff McLane is also weighing in:
#Eagles haven't made a decision on whether or not to franchise Sam Bradford, source says, RE: ESPN report.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) February 7, 2016
As for Nick Foles part of ESPN report, his name hasn't even been mentioned in #Eagles discussions. Dead money hit in trade would be huge.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) February 7, 2016
Schefter is clearly one of the best in the business. But Bowen obviously his sources as well. He did break the Doug Pederson hire, after all. It's hard to know what to believe for sure. In the meantime, everyone is left waiting.
As Bowen notes, the Eagles can franchise Bradford as soon as Feb. 16. The franchise tag window then closes on Mar. 1. We'll find out soon enough what the Eagles plan to do with Bradford. From there, we might be able to figure out if Philadelphia's interest in Foles is real or not. The Eagles can't officially trade for Foles until the new league year begins on Mar. 9.
This is sure to be an interesting offseason.