To describe the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback situation as awkward wouldn't be inaccurate. Sam Bradford, the team's projected starter in 2016, has made it known (through his agent) that he feels like he doesn't have a long-term future with the team. The Eagles are merely his "next best option" since he couldn't successfully force his way out of Philadelphia.
The reason why Bradford wants out, of course, is because the Eagles traded up to No. 2 overall to Carson Wentz. The North Dakota State rookie isn't expected to play much in 2016, but it's no secret he's projected to be the team's franchise quarterback of the future. For his part, Wentz doesn't think the Eagles' quarterback configuration will be an issue.
"Personally, I don’t think there will be a lot of tension," Wentz said during his pre-rookie minicamp press conference. "I think people might make it out to be but I think the coaches and everybody will be on the same page and I think it’ll be a really good working relationship, for sure.”
“I think the relationship with [Bradford] and the relationship with the other quarterbacks in the room is going to be great. I think it’ll be a really competitive atmosphere. Hopefully we’ll all learn together and grow together and really push each other and ultimately lead to benefiting the team and winning a lot of ball games.”
For now, Wentz's relationship with Bradford is on hold. The rookie said he hasn't spoken to the veteran quarterback yet and he hasn't reached out in order to do so. Wentz expects to meet Bradford on Monday, which is a day before Eagles OTAs begin next Tuesday, May 17. In the meantime, Wentz has met some of his new veteran teammates. Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz were the first two names he listed. Coincidentally, those two players are some of Bradford's biggest advocates on the team.
Though only a rookie, Wentz handled questions about Bradford on Friday like a well-seasoned veteranl His mature demeanor and ability to deflect drama should go a long way in maintaining the great relationships with his teammates he expects to have.