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Sam Bradford Trade Rumors: Eagles quarterback doesn't want to play for Chip Kelly

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Sam Bradford wants the Philadelphia Eagles to trade him. But where does he actually expect to land? There just doesn't seem to be much interest in the injury-prone quarterback who turns 29 in November. If there was heavy interest out there, Bradford probably would have tested free agency in the first place.

There are currently three NFL teams that have significant quarterback vacancies: the New York Jets, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Denver Broncos. According to NFL media's Jeff Darlington, the first two teams can be wiped off the list of Bradford's potential suitors.

"The Jets, from what I hear, are not interested in Bradford," said Darlington speaking to Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic. "Bradford is not interested in playing for Chip Kelly. There’s one team [he could play for.]"

The one team that could have interest in Bradford, as Darlington indicated, is the Broncos. Denver reportedly reached out to the Eagles about Bradford already but they determined Philadelphia is asking for too much. Another thing to keep in mind is that Denver is potentially still in the race for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. If the Broncos get Kaepernick, then Bradford's supposed lone suitor will be gone. Or even if Denver doesn't get Kaepernick, it's possible they could draft a quarterback. The same goes for other teams out there that could potentially be interested in Bradford.

If there's no market for Bradford, it's hard to see why the Eagles would trade him for anything less than what they want to get for him. They gave him $11 million guaranteed and they seem intent on having him as their starter for the 2016 season. The Eagles hold the leverage in the sense that if Bradford holds out of mandatory practices, he'll lose money.

Then again, the Eagles simply might not want to have to deal with the distraction that Bradford's absence from practice creates. And if at some point if they determine the situation is untenable, then maybe they just need to get whatever he can for him in a trade. But then it comes back to the possibility that no team out there at all might be interested in trading for him.

If that's the case, Bradford might realize that his best option is to return as the Eagles' starting quarterback for the 2016 season. Sure, he might not have any shot at returning to Philadelphia in 2017, but at least he can try to play well and hope the Eagles trade him to a new team after the 2016 season. It's not ideal but it beats the alternative of not playing at all this season.