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Eagles News: Behind the scenes of the Sam Bradford trade

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Inside the Trade that Could Reshape the 2016 Season - The MMQB
The two general managers recount all the action that led to the Eagles sending Sam Bradford to the Vikings for two draft picks the week before the season starts. Plus 10 takeaways from cutdown weekend and more.

Roseman: Birds Weren’t Looking To Trade Bradford - Birds 24/7
“We did not go into this wanting to trade Sam Bradford. We did not call anyone on Sam Bradford. But after the trade offer they made, we just felt like this was the right decision for our football team,” Roseman said. “The only circumstance that changed was this trade offer from the Vikings. This was not our blueprint. This was not part of the plan.”

What the Sam Bradford trade means for the Eagles - BGN
Thoughts on the big trade.

Historically, Philadelphia quarterbacks stink after the Eagles trade them - PhillyVoice
The Eagles trade their quarterbacks. A lot. In fact, since 2010, they have traded Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley, Mark Sanchez, and now Sam Bradford. (They also let Michael Vick walk in free agency). On the one hand, that clearly illustrates how unstable the Eagles' quarterback situation has been since the McNabb days. On the other hand, at least the Eagles have avoided having egg on their face (Sonny Jurgensen aside, way back in the day) by avoiding the embarrassment of a traded quarterback performing well elsewhere.

Eagles Claim 3 - Iggles Blitz
WR Bryce Treggs has big time speed. He ran 4.39 at Cal’s Pro Day. As a Senior, he was 45-956-7. That is 21.2 yards per catch. No player on the roster has that kind of speed or ability to stretch defenses. Treggs is tough enough to play the slot (like Turner), but has the speed to go outside and run by starting CBs. That wasn’t a critical need with Sam Bradford at QB, but Carson Wentz has a big arm and likes to throw downfield. Adding a speedy receiver should help him and the Eagles offense. As a point of comparison, Turner’s Senior season at La Tech…45-657-3. Turner is a good possession receiver. Treggs can be a playmaker.

Sooner, Not Later, New QB Era Begins -
Sam Bradford gets traded for two draft picks, including a first-round selection in 2017. The Eagles keep nine rookies, including four undrafted players. They are deep at the line of scrimmage and thin at linebacker. It's time for the wheeler and dealer, Howie Roseman, to get back into the fray ...

No reason to think Eagles season is over with Carson Wentz at quarterback -
Yes, there is a chance that Bradford could finally turn it around, in a new offensive system that allows him more control at the line of scrimmage, and is better suited to his skill set. But why can't Wentz be afforded that same chance? If we are betting on a quarterback to reach his ceiling, Wentz sure seems like the better bet, as he doesn't have a six-year track record of not doing so. Like Bradford would have, Wentz will make mistakes this season. Unlike Bradford, however, Wentz will bring more to the offense, both on the ground and in the air, and definitely when plays break down.

Big trade marks true beginning of Pederson era for Eagles - Inquirer
It took a while, but with their trade of Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, the Eagles finally completed their journey back to 1999. They have invoked that year, a transformational one for their franchise, often since April, when they acquired the No. 2 pick in the draft with the intention of selecting quarterback Carson Wentz. The situations, 17 years apart, stand as perfect mirror images, Andy Reid-Donovan McNabb the model for Doug Pederson-Wentz. Bradford, for all the lip service the Eagles played to competing for a division title this season, was merely an obscuration to that vision. Without him, the Eagles can try to actualize it now.

Sam Bradford Eagles-Vikings trade: 10 observations - CSN Philly
While I was on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis last Saturday waiting to co-host Quick Slants with Derrick Gunn before the Eagles-Colts preseason game, I watched Wentz go through a grueling 60-minute workout on the field. Wentz was inactive for the game with his rib injury, but for an hour he fired mid-range passes to David Watford, Cayleb Jones and Marcus Johnson, for an hour he rolled out and dropped back and moved around in an imaginary pocket. For an hour he looked every bit like an NFL quarterback. Howie Roseman watched much of that workout, and Doug Pederson, Frank Reich and John DeFilippo watched parts of it as well. Watching Wentz that evening you just felt you were watching something special. Hard to explain, and I understand that you’re not going to trade your starting quarterback because of a workout a rookie had. But something changed in the last few weeks. Roseman even talked about it Saturday, how far Wentz has come recently. Even while he was unable to play or practice, his stock rose inside the NovaCare Complex to the point where the Eagles were comfortable unloading Bradford. I have a hunch that grueling workout that left Wentz an exhausted sweaty mess on the same field where he impressed the Eagles so much six months earlier at the NFL Scouting Combine had some role in all this.

Vikings didn't mortgage future in getting Sam Bradford - Star Tribune
The negotiations began Friday night and intensified — but only because of new tight ends coach Pat Shurmur, who coached Bradford in St. Louis and in Philadelphia. It was Shurmur who convinced the organization that Bradford had the intelligence and the work ethic to learn Norv Turner’s offense quickly.

Sam Bradford trade puts a bow on a wacky but productive Eagles offseason - SB Nation
The Eagles received a first-round pick for a stopgap quarterback, finishing the team’s mission to erase Chip Kelly’s legacy.

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