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Eagles News: Sam Bradford's re-signing draws positive reviews

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Do you approve of the Eagles re-signing Bradford? - BGN
79% of voters say "Yes."

Sam Bradford's deal doesn't rule out Eagles taking a QB in 2016 NFL Draft - PhillyVoice
But that doesn’t mean general manager Howie Roseman and rookie head coach Doug Pederson have given up on the idea of taking a quarterback in next month’s NFL Draft, perhaps as high as No. 13 overall. If anything, this deal is an indication that they plan on doing just that.

Sammy’s Back - Iggles Blitz
I think Bradford could play well in the new system. Pederson wants to give the QB a lot of flexibility at the line. You saw in Week 17 that Bradford was good at making adjustments at the line. As the year went on, Kelly let Bradford use his hard count more often and that became effective at drawing the other team off. Bradford did evolve. He was not the same player on New Year’s Day that he was on Labor Day. He didn’t make some grand transformation, but he did improve. For the first time in his career, he played in an aggressive offensive system and got good coaching. While I see reasons for optimism, there are no guarantees. Bradford could flat-line and prove to be a guy who is going to post an 85 QB rating and leave you scratching your head as to how he was ever drafted first overall.

Bradford, Eagles settle for each other - Inquirer
Critics of Bradford will bemoan his return, but the future isn't that bleak unless the hope was that the Eagles would completely start over at quarterback. But that was unlikely to happen with Howie Roseman possibly on a short leash and Pederson untested as a head coach. There's also too much existing talent on the roster to roll over and hope for a top-five pick in 2017. Bradford's return could mean another middling season. He has yet to prove that he can stay healthy or guide a team to the playoffs, but the potential the Eagles have on defense could offset a less-than-dazzling offense.

Signing Sam Bradford a risky move by Eagles -
Betting on potential, however, is a risky move for the Eagles to make. Although Bradford improved over the final seven games, his play was far from stellar. The Eagles went 3-3 in games that mattered during the seven-game stretch, with the final win coming with their playoff fates already sealed and head coach Chip Kelly already fired.

All-22: Jim Schwartz’s ‘Achilles’ Heel’ - Birds 24/7
Schwartz preaches aggressiveness, but as with any other scheme, that style has it's drawbacks. Because Schwartz emphasizes penetration and attacking the ball, defensive linemen can get out of their gaps and be susceptible to misdirection runs. It didn't take long for Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman, San Francisco's head coach and offensive coordinator at the time, to exploit this. On the 49ers' second run of the game, tight end Delanie Walker executed the "wham" block on defensive tackle Corey Williams.

Deal Is Win-Win For Eagles, Bradford -
Sam stays. It’s a good thing for the Eagles and for quarterback Sam Bradford, who agreed to terms on a two-year contract on Tuesday that provides the team, and the player, some continuity at the game’s most important position ...

Contract extension a win for both Sam Bradford, Eagles - CSN Philly
In the short-term, the deal gives the Eagles their best shot of being competitive in 2016, while paying Bradford some big-time money. And in the long-term, if the whole thing blows up, it won't handcuff the organization for years to come. Head coach Doug Pederson, meanwhile, has been pretty clear about his philosophy on rookie quarterbacks. He likes the idea of a rookie coming in and getting the chance to learn under an established veteran. Bradford looks like the veteran. Now they just have to find the rookie. While signing Bradford and drafting a quarterback were never mutually exclusive, the shorter deal makes it seem much more likely the team takes a quarterback in the draft.

NFC East has the richest quarterbacks in football - PFT
The standings say the NFC East is one of the worst divisions in football. The bank statements say they have the best quarterbacks. They may not be the best, but for now they’re the highest paid. With Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins stepping into a $19.95 million salary for 2016 and Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford getting to $18 million per season on a two-year contract, all four of the quarterbacks of the NFC East are making great money.

Winners and losers from the 2016 NFL Combine - SB Nation
Wentz continued his positive momentum this offseason that started at the Senior Bowl in January. Wentz is everything you want in a quarterback physically and the spotlight of the combine didn't appear overwhelming for the FCS star. It's not sure whether the Cleveland Browns will take Jared Goff of California with the second overall pick, thanks in large part to how Wentz has handled the process thus far.

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