a blog by La Kifo
According to Jason Cole, Sam Bradford probably will "ask for a trade" or "some way to get out of Philadelphia so that he can move on with his career somewhere else, with a team that is going to be invested in him long-term."
IThis report is coming off a couple of news stories. First was that Bradford was again reportedly upset that the Eagles traded up to the 2nd pick. Following that report, came one that Howie Roseman vice president of Eagles, stated they were taking a quarterback with the pick.
If the latter is true than I misinterpreted a quote. Or I just wasn't made aware of the entire quote. Either way a mock draft 2.0 will be coming out. Shit has changed.
If the Eagles take a QB at #2, then it will be a huge mistake. They just signed Bradford to a deal, and they signed Chase Daniel to a huge deal for a back up. In the range of 5-7 million per year.
They are going to trade away a hefty list of picks for Carson Wentz? 3 to 1 odds he is a bust. I do not hate the idea of Wentz being taken 2nd overall, it is just that they gave up so much. In my eyes, Wentz is pretty unproven, and has a few different things he has to work on.
Trading away Bradford would result in 18 million in dead cap, money counting against the teams cap room, and 5 million the following season. Marcus Mariota, the #2 overall pick in the 2015 draft, received a contract of 4 years $24 million. Mariota was payed well over 4 million last season. Rookie contracts are structured based on the position players are drafted. Whoever is drafted 2nd overall this season will make similar money to Mariota.
Drafting Wentz makes the Eagles automatically worse. Lets run a little simulation, see how that would turn out for Philly. Bradford demands a release or trade, their starting quarterback is then Chase Daniel. Cap restrictions and possibly even cap penalties will hold back the Eagles for years giving them better and better draft picks. The problem is, they gave away two very important picks. They will be wasting the prime years of a young and talented defense. Years that should be spent challenging the Washington Redskins as they make large additions. Not to mention good offensive players whose prime years would be wasted, Ryan Mathews, Zach Ertz, Reuben Randle, Jordan Mathews.
Sorry Philly, you guys got screwed. Something seemed off about Doug Pederson. Something was definitely off about him paying a back up quarterback more than $5 million a year.
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