The Philadelphia Eagles signed quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson earlier this week, but their bigger question of course is the future of Sam Bradford. The quarterback is a free agent, coming off the best year of his career. If the Eagles do not place the franchise tag on him, he would likely be the best quarterback on the open market. Kirk Cousins would give him a run for his money, but Washington is expected to franchise him.
Recently, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman talked about the Eagles interest in re-signing Bradford. It was a lot of the usual chatter we hear when it comes to contracts in advance of free agency. The team would like to re-sign him, but obviously it is going to come down to money:
"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," said Roseman. "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."
Until Bradford's situation is resolved, he will remain on the radar for most quarterback-needy teams. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback situation remains a question, and Chip Kelly's history makes it easy to connect the dots. It remains to be seen how much Kelly will or will not push for Bradford, but I have to think it at least remains a possibility.
The 2016 NFL Combine gets started later this week, and we'll start to hear more rumors on a variety of topics. I suspect we'll start to hear a little more about the state of the 49ers quarterback position as the week progresses.