The St. Louis Rams are getting in on the trade action on Tuesday, and it looks like they came out on top. St. Louis sent quarterback Sam Bradford and a fifth-round draft pick in 2015 to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Nick Foles, a fourth-round pick in 2015 and a second-round pick in 2016. But it gets a lot more complicated than that based around how much Bradford actually plays for the Eagles this coming season.
If Bradford starts fewer than eight games this coming season, the Eagles get St. Louis' fourth-round pick in 2016. If he gets re-injured, the Eagles get St. Louis' third-round pick in 2016. In either situation, Philadelphia still sends in 2016 second-round pick to the Rams.
Bradford has been a solid quarterback when healthy, but he's been decidedly ... the opposite of that a whole lot more than ... that in recent years. Bradford has missed 25 of his last 32 games, and is making a massive amount of money. He's been nothing but a huge problem for the Rams and honestly, I was looking forward to Jeff Fisher sticking with Bradford for another season.
But this trade is actually huge for them. Foles has more upside than Bradford at this point, and in any of those situations, they still come out with better draft picks. I'm struggling to find the reasoning behind Philadelphia's decision on all of this. They're trading for this injury-prone guy, giving up premium draft picks and are set to pay him a boatload of money. Not only did they screw themselves, they just bailed the Rams out of a bad situation.