By Peter Gleason
Okay, boys and girls, here’s where the Eagles stand with their three-headed quarterback situation:
Big boss Howie Boy Roseman traded for Carson Wentz less than two months after signing incumbent Sam Bradford to a two-year contract, a move that angered the former first overall pick.
Even if Wentz isn’t ready to play, Bradford is now going to spend the next year looking over his shoulder. Eagles fans probably weren’t going to chant for Chase Daniel if Bradford struggled early in the year, but they’re certainly going to shout for Wentz, especially given the furor with which Philly fans reacted to Bradford’s public trade request.
Nothing about the Bradford situation feels tenable or helpful to either side.
The Eagles would likely take back the Bradford deal if they could, and while he’s probably a better short-term option than Daniel, the Eagles would do well to get Bradford’s salary off their cap for 2017. They already owe $164.1 million on their cap next year without re-signing defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, and while $17 million would come off the cap if Bradford moves on, they could get that figure up to $22.5 million if they moved on from Bradford this year via trade.
The only problem is that the Eagles don’t want to deal Bradford. Roseman very clearly said that Bradford would remain the team’s starter in the immediate aftermath of the Browns trade, and while that could have been a smokescreen to try to ensure the best possible compensation in a trade, the Eagles reportedly rebuffed all trade offers for their nominal starter during the draft. So Bradford doesn’t want to be there, the fans don’t want him there and other teams want him elsewhere, but Philly is keeping him anyway.
The Eagles may end up finding that there isn’t a common ground that makes sense for a trade. It may not be worth it for them to trade Bradford unless they get a Day 2 pick, and with the variety of quarterbacks available on the market, it’s hard to justify making that sort of deal when there are similarly-skilled passers available who don’t require any draft pick compensation attached (Ryan Fitzpatrick, for example) or who earn lower salaries (such as Nick Foles). They’ve consistently overvalued Bradford over the past 14 months, so it’s no surprise that they continue to do so now.