Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie says he believes in quarterback Sam Bradford, but also believes trading up to get Carson Wentz was a wise investment in the team’s future.
Lurie told TheMMQB.com that the Eagles think Bradford is the quarterback of the present while Wentz is the quarterback of the future, and the team had to make bold offseason moves to have both in the fold.
“We see it differently than I guess some other people may,” Lurie said. “We see Sam as absolutely the right guy to quarterback the team. We are so rarely able to draft in the Top 5 in the draft. It’s only been twice in about 15-20 years. So we saw the opportunity, and we liked two quarterbacks. We had to make the move to secure having a potential franchise quarterback for many, many years. Having a lot of assets at the most important position in the NFL is a good strategic move for now. And it can only benefit us. Because in the NFL, it’s the one position you can’t just go get. And so when you have an opportunity, you’ve gotta take your shot, and you’ve gotta be bold. Otherwise, if you say to yourself, you know, it is probably a 50-50 shot that maybe the quarterback will be really good, you can’t let that deter you. So that’s how I look at it: You either have a really good QB and you compete for the Super Bowl, or you don’t and you are probably not competing for the Super Bowl. And that’s simple.”
As much as Lurie wants to justify the Eagles’ moves this offseason, however, it seems unlikely that the Eagles would have signed Bradford to an $18 million a year contract if they had realized they’d be able to move up in the draft and get Wentz. Bradford might be the guy this season, but the decision to trade up for Wentz shows that Bradford is not the right guy beyond this season.