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Eagles News: Some think Sam Bradford might just retire from the NFL

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/7/16.

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Will Sam Bradford retire? - PFT
So what happens with Bradford? Via PhillyInfluencer.com, Reuben Frank of CSN Philly thinks Bradford will retire. It could end up being the only way out of the corner into which Bradford has painted himself. But it would be expensive; he’d immediately forfeit the $11 million signing bonus he received earlier this year from the Eagles if he retires. Still, there’s a potential Carson-Palmer-in-2011 appeal to a retirement decision. Like the former Bengals quarterback did five years ago, Bradford could call it quits (losing the signing bonus but avoiding the fines and forfeitures that would arise from holding out while under contract) and wait for another quarterback to tear an ACL or pop an Achilles or (like former Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell did two days before the trade deadline in 2011) break a collarbone.

Huge benefit of drafting Carson Wentz is that he's very inexpensive - PhillyVoice
As the chart above shows, Elliott is not only the ninth-highest paid back in the NFL, but there is not much of a difference between him and the second-highest paid back, LeSean McCoy, who is only scheduled to make  $1.77 million per season more than Elliott. Also note the dropoff from Elliott to the tenth-highest paid player in the list, C.J. Anderson. Applying that same concept to the quarterback position, Carson Wentz will be just the 27th highest paid quarterback in the NFL in terms of average yearly cap number.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Analyzing the UDFAs - Birds 24/7
The Eagles drafted West Virginia’s Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round, so they seem set at running back, but I’m interested to see how Doug Pederson uses Byron Marshall in training camp and the preseason. While the Eagles list Marshall as a running back, most draft sites seem to call him a receiver. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein called him "a jack of all trades type, [but] he is simply not a master of any," labeling him a fifth- or sixth-round pick. As a junior at Oregon in 2014, Marshall became the first player in conference history to accumulate 1,000 receiving yards (2014) and 1,000 rushing yards (2013) in his career. However, the running back/receiver/kick returner injured his ankle last year, which required surgery and shortened his season.

Frank Reich on Sam Bradford: 'This business sometimes gets a little bit messy' - PennLive
"This business sometimes gets a little bit messy," said Reich, who talked with media Friday night before hosting a charity event in Lebanon for New Covenant Christian School. "And you got to be able to handle that. That just comes with the territory and you really got to commit to working through those situations."

Just call new Eagles tackle 'Big V' - Inquirer
Vaitai started three seasons for the Horned Frogs and was a second-team all-Big 12 performer in 2014 and 2015 at both right tackle and left tackle. He must adjust to Doug Pederson's system from a high-scoring, fast-paced, spread offense and learn some of the technical aspects. But he has the benefit of time. "I can learn quick," Vaitai said. "The first two years of my college career, we had a pro-style offense, too, and so we went three-point all the time at tackle and guards. And then once the spread offense came, we had to get used to getting off. We had to get used to getting on two-point. But going off of three, I don't think it's going to be a big adjustment."

Jason Peters, offensive line have shot at redemption - ESPN
It is tempting to dismiss Doug Pederson’s contention that the 2016 Philadelphia Eagles have more talent than the 1999 team that Pederson played on. The ’99 Eagles had a defense with Brian Dawkins, Jeremiah Trotter, Hugh Douglas and Troy Vincent. That alone would give Andy Reid’s team the edge on Pederson’s squad. One area that is hard to argue, though, is the offensive line. If the 1999 offense doesn’t look as good, either in the passing game or the running game, that is largely because of the line. Tra Thomas was in his second season at left tackle, but Steve Everitt was at center and the right tackle was journeyman Lonnie Palelei.

How Much Better Is This Defense? - PE.com
Is it possible that in an action-packed offseason for the Eagles, maybe the most valuable addition to the team, the player who might have the most significant immediate impact, has been overlooked? Rodney McLeod's entire football career has kind of gone that way ...

Jevon Kearse, Brodrick Bunkley, his mom, Andy Reid, and a $50K steak dinner - CSN Philly
The tall tale comes courtesy of former Eagle Jevon Kearse who says he personally only had to drop about $12,000 on his rookie dinner when he played for the Tennessee Titans. Defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, however, had to drop something in the $50K range when he was a rookie in 2006 with the Eagles, according to Kearse.

Here’s why it’s so much easier for NFL teams to sign their rookies - SB Nation
Getting rookies signed to contracts is much, much easier now than it used to be.

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