Shortly after the Eagles signed Chase Daniel to a three-year contract worth $21 million with $12 million guaranteed ($36 maximum value) on Wednesday, it was reported that Daniel and Sam Bradford will compete for Philadelphia's starting quarterback job. During a press conference on Thursday, Doug Pederson cleared up the quarterback situation during his opening statement.
Doug Pederson says Chase Daniel is coming in as a backup. No. 2 QB.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) March 10, 2016
Doug Pederson says Sam Bradford is the No. 1 QB, Chase Daniel is the No. 2 QB, still looking for the No. 3. (So bye, Sanchez)— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) March 10, 2016
Pederson also shot down any speculation of Bradford being traded.
Doug Pederson says Eagles won’t trade Bradford. Not entertaining any offers.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) March 10, 2016
So if there was any doubt, it's now clear Bradford is the starter for 2016.
When asked about Mark Sanchez, Pederson said he's still on the roster and "could be" the No. 3 quarterback, but that's clearly not going to happen. The Eagles can save $3.5 million by cutting Sanchez or $4.5 by trading him. It's expected the Eagles will select a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft to be their No. 3.