By Jack Ryan
For Eagles big boss Howie Boy Roseman, I have one distinct message:
Sign quarterback Sam Bradford or get off the pot!
Like a lot of teams in late February and early March, the Eagles are blowing smoke about their potential free agents.
Including Bradford, who, according to Howie Boy, the Eagles “would like to have” back in 2016.
“We’ve all been clear that we like Sam, and we’d like to have him back. It goes then between all of us and whether we can figure something out that makes sense on both sides,” Roseman said. “Sometimes we get into a situation where we sit here and it will make sense from the team’s perspective but when you’re talking about a negotiation, it’s also got to work for the other side and the player, and we understand that.
“But hopefully this will all work out and we’ll look at that depth chart when we line up here in July and be really excited about the position.”
The interview was with the team’s website so it’s possible there weren’t going to be hard-hitting, grab-Roseman-by-the-lapels, did-you-order-the-Code-Red type of questions.
With Bradford it all boils down to whether he’s willing to take less money than he’s accustomed to making.
It’s hard to imagine him taking less than something in the $16-18 million range, if only because that’s just what quarterbacks make. But it’s also hard to imagine the Eagles being excited about paying Bradford that much cash after a year of seeing him struggle in an offense he was supposed to flourish in.
Bradford feels like the ultimate untapped-potential guy, someone who should put up massive numbers in the right situation, except he always falls a little flat or ends up getting injured.
At 28 he’s still young — sort of — but he’s crossing over into the territory where people are going to be willing to bet their personnel future on him magically maturing into a top-tier quarterback.