While many believe that the Philadelphia Eagles are going to go after Chase Daniel to be their starting quarterback, two veteran reporters for the Philadelphia Inquirer insist that the Eagles’ Plan A includes signing Sam Bradford to a contract extension. One of the reporters is Jeff McLane, who is the Eagles beat writer.
Bradford – whose going to be the most sought after quarterback because Kirk Cousins and Ryan Fitzpatrick are expected to stay with their teams – is not expected to get the franchise or transition tag by the Birds. Teams have until Tuesday to use the franchise or transition tag.
Ford wrote, “Bradford would be welcomed back with open arms, but not necessarily an open wallet.” McLane even says that he doesn’t believe that Bradford will have a lot of suitors.
He’s expected to test the open market – but may see that his best option of winning is to stay with the Doug Pederson-led Eagles. Talks between the two sides are ongoing, but there’s reportedly a gap in the deal.
Once he’s a free agent, the Los Angeles Rams could re-add him, as they are expected to use Case Keenum as the starter, while some believe that’ll never happen. However, if they can get a better starting quarterback, then that’ll go with the new signal caller.
Bradford was the St. Louis Rams quarterback, before being traded to the Eagles last off-season for Nick Foles and draft picks. Foles then signed a two-year, $25 million deal with the Rams early in the season.
Two other teams being mentioned for Bradford are the Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco 49ers. The Browns desperately need a long-term quarterback, as Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel are not the answer, as Manziel will be released by the team in a couple of days.
The 49ers could make sense since their head coach is Chip Kelly and he was the one, who acquired Bradford when he was the Eagles head coach. But the 49ers would have to rid themselves of quarterback Colin Kaepernick first.
Ford writes that he’s skeptical that Bradford would want to be re-united with Kelly, who struggled in his option-based offensive system. He even writes, “Bradford would voluntarily sign up for another chance to get killed in a Chip Kelly offense.”
It’s hard for any quality quarterback to pick the Browns. New head coach Hue Jackson is going to have a hard time selling the team to free agents – even though he’s already said that he would like to sign all of the Cincinnati Bengals free agents.
The Browns are also considering Jared Goff and Carson Wentz has quarterback options for the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
If Bradford walks, McLane says that the Eagles have a back-up plan, which would likely include Daniel. Also, they could use the 13th overall pick to draft a quarterback, which would likely have a choice of Paxton Lynch, Connor Cook or Chrstian Hackenberg, who went to Penn State Nittany Lions.
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