Sam Bradford and the Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly no longer discussing a contract extension – which, if you’re the Eagles, makes perfect sense. Bradford, 27, has been peanut brittle in the NFL, having played in just seven games over the last two seasons.
So why would the Eagles reward the former No. 1 overall pick with a fat deal? Wouldn’t they want to see results before investing in him long-term?
“Absolutely, and I think that’s why nothing has really happened on these talks,” Sports Xchange NFL writer Howard Balzer said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “If the Eagles are going to do something, they want to do it without having to pay the huge dollars. And so I guess the agent figures, ‘Well, let me try. He played well in the preseason. Let me see if I can get them to agree to something.’ But it just doesn’t make any sense. It’s best for both parties, really. Bradford, he’s going to bet on himself. He’s made enough money in his career for not hardly playing that the thing you’re going to do is, ‘Okay, I’m going to show them I can play. I’m going to show them I can stay healthy.’ And if that happens, he’ll get a huge deal after the season. That’s why nothing’s happened. I don’t understand what the big (deal) is. It’s (been) going on for a few months. Put it off to the end of the season. That’s the only thing that makes sense.”
Bradford, who was traded from St. Louis to Philadelphia in the offseason, will open the season as the Eagles’ starting quarterback, with Mark Sanchez serving as back-up and Tim Tebow serving as nothing. The polarizing quarterback was cut by the Eagles earlier this week and will resume work with the SEC Network.
Ultimately, why was the 28-year-old Tebow cut, especially after the Eagles traded Matt Barkley to the Cardinals for a seventh-round pick?
“Obviously they didn’t like Barkley enough and they were able to get a draft pick for him,” Balzer said. “Certainly the assumption was when they traded Barkley, ‘Oh, Tebow’s got the team made,’ and Tebow Nation was rejoicing. And obviously there was shock when he was cut anyway. The reality is Chip Kelly has a certain way of looking at quarterbacks, and the one thing he wants is a quarterback that’s accurate – and that’s the one thing that Tebow is not. That’s not to say that he can’t add some things to your team, but in the NFL – where you’ve got a precious 53 spots and only 46 of them dress for games – it’s pretty hard to put out a guy who might help you convert a two-point conversion or might help you here and there. It’s just difficult to do that. And that’s the reality. That’s the reality that all teams see. The guy is just not capable.”
Tebow has thrown just eight passes since 2011, when he led the Broncos to a playoff win over the Steelers before ultimately losing to the Patriots in Foxboro the following week. He has not played in an NFL game since 2012.
“Who knows?” Balzer said. “Maybe things will get better for him somewhere down the line. It’s hard to imagine they will because he’s just not a good enough consistent passer to play in the NFL.”