The Philadelphia Eagles decision to move up to the No. 2 pick has left quarterback Sam Bradford rather displeased. Adam Schefter reported a source said Bradford was hot about it, and now Jason Cole is weighing in. Cole is saying Bradford is likely to ask for a trade or release to get into a better situation.
I've talked to a source who's said it's likely Bradford is going to ask for a trade at some point in time or some way to get out of Philadelphia so that he can move on with his career somewhere else with a team that's going to be invested in him long-term. That's the kind of solution that Bradford is looking at in this point in time.
The question for Bradford is whether he's willing to take some kind of pay cut to make that happen. He has $11 million he's been paid already by the Philadelphia Eagles as part of the two-year deal he signed before the start of free agency.
Now for the Eagles, they've expressed that Bradford is the starter for right now. They would like to have a bridge between whoever they have in the draft that they take at No. 2 and eventually when that person becomes the starter. However, the Eagles can likely turn to Chase Daniel who they signed to a $7 million a year contract to be the interim starter if they let Bradford go. So the Eagles have options. The question is whether Bradford is going to push on his options.
I get why Bradford is annoyed. However, this is the second mention of wanting to go somewhere where a team is invested in him long-term. He signed a 2-year deal with the Eagles. He might have figured it was a chance to prove himself, but it is still only a two-year deal. The Eagles clearly were not 100 percent sold on him at this point in time.
Of course, the likely selection of Carson Wentz all but guarantees Bradford will be gone at the end of his two-year deal, if not after the first year. He wants at least a little more security than that. His best bet right now is likely to play out this season, put up as good a year as he can, and force a trade to a more desirable option. He will not get an impact weapon with that first round pick, so that certainly would give him reason to not be happy as well.
If he does ask for a trade, I don't see the Eagles granting that request. They would eat a large chunk of dead money, and there's nothing they can do about that. It could certainly add more craziness to the quarterback market, but I just don't see it happening.