Remember how it was reported just hours ago that Sam Bradford didn't ask for a trade and wasn't going to? Yeah, well, about that. From NFL insider Adam Schefter:
"Eagles have been informed Sam Bradford wants to be traded and he will not be showing up for their off-season program any longer, per source."
Schefter's report fits what Jason Cole first reported last week. Schefter was also first to report that Bradford was very angered by the Eagles' decision to trade up to the No. 2 overall pick.
I’ve talked to a source that has said it’s likely Bradford is going to ask for a trade at some point in time or some way to get out of Philadelphia so that he can move on with his career somewhere else with a team that’s going to be invested in him long-term. That’s the kind of solution that Bradford is looking at in this point in time.
The question for Bradford is whether he’s willing to take some kind of pay cut to make that happen. He has $11 million he’s already been paid by the Philadelphia Eagles as part of the two-year deal he signed before the start of free agency.
The new part here is that Bradford is actively trying to force a trade out of Philadelphia by not attending voluntary offseason workouts.
If this newest report is true, it's a bad look for Bradford. What did he really expect when he signed what's essentially a one-year contract earlier this offseason? Did he really not expect the Eagles to invest in other quarterback options?
It's worth noting that a Bradford trade would create $11 million in dead money for the Eagles. At the same time it would save $1.5 million in cap space. As Cole notes, Bradford might need to re-work his contract in order to facilitate a deal.
The Eagles are likely disappointed by this news. They've made it clear they view Bradford as their starter for the 2016 season. Both head coach Doug Pederson and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman have publicly committed to Bradford as the team's starter.
Assuming Bradford gets traded, veteran backup Chase Daniel would presumably be the Eagles' starting quarterback until the rookie (Carson Wentz?) is ready to play.
It remains to be seen if there's a market for Bradford. He wasn't expected to have many suitors in free agency. The Jets, Broncos, and (potentially) the 49ers are teams around the NFL with quarterback vacancies.
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