S Walter Thurmond
The player they should lock up next is Thurmond, who handled the transition from corner to safety well and finished with the 26th-best overall grade at the position. He’ll be 29 when the 2016 season starts, and provides the valuable ability to cover the slot when needed. The team will also have to consider his injury history, however, after Thurmond played more snaps last season (1,219) than in the previous three years combined—but when healthy, he’s been consistently above average.
QB Sam Bradford (above)
This will depend heavily on price, and whether new head coach Doug Pederson thinks Bradford is the long-term answer at QB. Last season, Bradford was solid, finishing with the league’s 10th-highest passing grade, and leading all quarterbacks in accuracy percentage when pressured (74.6 percent). But there isn’t much evidence that he can stay healthy, given that he logged more than 1,000 snaps for just the third season of his six-year career (out all of 2014). And with a likely steep price, the team might instead opt to look at a QB with the 13th draft pick.
If that’s the case, QB Chase Daniel could be an interesting lower-cost option after spending the last three seasons with Pederson in Kansas City.
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