The Philadelphia Eagles' big trade with the Cleveland Browns to move up to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft has drawn mixed reviews. It appears Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is among those not in favor of the deal. Per Adam Schefter:
It’s only natural, but those who have spoken to Sam Bradford say he is not happy with today’s trade.
"He’s hot," said one source. "Who wouldn’t be? This is Philly saying, ‘We don’t see (you) as long-term answer.’ He’s mad and wants to show everyone who’s best.’’
It's not hard to see why Bradford wouldn't be thrilled with this trade. The Eagles traded a lot to move up to No. 2. They clearly see that rookie as their quarterback of the future. A pick spent on a quarterback isn't in Bradford's best interest. He'd probably rather see the team draft an offensive lineman or a running back or a wide receiver.
With that said, Bradford did sign a two-year deal with Philadelphia. The deal is essentially a one-year contract anyway so it's not like he should have expected to be viewed as the undisputed long-term answer.
Bradford might not be happy but he's likely going to be Philadelphia's starter in 2016. The team has made it clear they don't intend to trade him. His salary largely prohibits a potential deal anyway.
Bradford needs to channel his anger as motivation to play well in 2016. The 28-year-old injury-prone passer has been average at best for the entirety of his career so now is as good of a time as ever to step up and prove his worth.