After trading a slew of picks for the No. 2 overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles will almost assuredly take a quarterback, and that quarterback will be Carson Wentz or Jared Goff – whichever one the Rams pass on.
But where does this deal leave Sam Bradford? You know, the former No. 1 overall pick who, in March, signed a two-year, $36 million contract with the Eagles? What happens to him?
“I think Bradford is going to get traded,” Bleacher Report NFL reporter Jason Cole said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “You just can’t put those kind of resources in at your quarterback position, even on a team that’s going to be rebuilding. I just have a hard time believing (that’s what they’ll do).”
Complicating matters further is the fact that the Eagles signed Chase Daniel to a three-year deal in March as well.
“You paid Chase Daniel,” Cole said in disbelief. “You didn’t just pay Sam Bradford all that money for a two-year deal – what was it, two years, $36 million? You didn’t just pay that to him. You gave Chase Daniel $7 million a year. You’re going to pay $7 million a year for a third-string quarterback. Get the freak out of here, okay? Seriously. I just look at that and that just does not make a lot of sense to me. To invest the No. 2 overall pick, and have Bradford and have Daniel? Look, let Chase Daniel go play for a year. Let him take his lumps and let the other guy learn behind him. That’s fine. But don’t do that to Bradford. This is another year of a showcase year with a new coach?
“I know Sam Bradford hasn’t won much, and he’s been hurt a lot and his stats (aren’t great),” Cole continued. “I get that. But do the right thing by the guy. Let him go get re-started with someone else who actually wants to keep him for more than a year or two. I just don’t like that way of doing business.”
Bradford, 28, has battled injuries throughout his career and has played in just 21 games in the last three seasons. Still, he’s been relatively productive when he’s been on the field. Last season, for example, he completed a career-high 65.0 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 14 games.
That’s more than you can say about Goff or Wentz.
“It’s a crapshoot,” Cole said of the draft. “You take one of those guys at 1 or 2 – yeah, you might get Peyton Manning, (but) you might get Ryan Leaf. We’ve all seen that over the years, but here’s the bottom line: You better have one – because in this league it’s all about scoring points, and you better have a quarterback if you want to score points consistently. So the starving-man syndrome applies absolutely 1,000 percent in the NFL. If you’re starved for a quarterback, you are desperate – and that’s what these teams do.”
The Browns, who now have six top-100 pick in this year’s draft, should be lauded for pulling off the trade they did, but they still don’t have an answer under center.
“Do you have a quarterback?” Cole asked. “Right now, they got RG3 and Josh McCown on the roster. They don’t have a quarterback. Let’s see how they solve that.”