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Eagles aren’t expected to franchise tag Sam Bradford

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Teams can begin applying the franchise tag today, but it doesn’t appear the Eagles are in any hurry to participate.

According to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News, the Eagles aren’t expected to use either the franchise or transition tag to squat on the rights of quarterback Sam Bradford, setting the stage for him to hit the free agent market.

While they have a glaring hole in their depth chart if they don’t retain Bradford, they apparently don’t consider it enough of one to justify paying Bradford around $20 million for one year.

Bradford looked reasonably proficient at times last year, and would likely draw interest on the free agent market. But with the Eagles working to lock up a number of young players to long-term deals, having Bradford sitting there as a $20 million anchor on the cap could prevent some of the moves they want to make.

Of course, that means they’d have to find someone to replace him, since it’s unlikely they view Mark Sanchez as the answer.

New coach Doug Pederson has background with Chiefs backup quarterback Chase Daniel, but the market isn’t exactly flush with answers.

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  1. phootballphorever says: Feb 16, 2016 8:19 AM

    Chase Daniel? Please no.

  2. jjb0811 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:23 AM

    The Eagles still have a glaring hole at QB w/ bradford on the roster.

  3. mysterytonite says: Feb 16, 2016 8:28 AM

    Guy has been criminally overpaid and overated since he got in the league. Let him walk. You will probably get similar production without the injury risk with a guy like chase Daniel. Not t mention the money you’d save. You can’t pay 20 million for a guy who’s had mediocre production and is a superior injury risk. Don’t tell me he has t had any weapons, some people have phd’s in Sam Bradford excuse making. If you can get him at about 12 a year I’d roll the dice but he obviously has a very inflated opinion of himself, especially a guy who considered quitting not to long ago. The money would be better served on the o-line.

  4. eagleswin says: Feb 16, 2016 8:28 AM

    If this guy wasn’t the 1st overall pick years ago, he would’ve faded into the background as an average backup QB.

    He has been in the league 6 years, missed 1.5 years due to injury, never led his team to the playoffs and had a 19-15 TD/INT ratio last year, last of the big money rookie QB contracts.

    It still boggles the mind that Kelly traded for a QB that hadn’t played in almost 2 calendar years, had to be talked out of retirement, his 13 mill salary, and who was also going to be a UFA.

    Bradford can spin last year as knocking off the rust after his multiyear layoff and also blame Kelly for not putting him in a position to succeed if he so desires.

    The bottom line is Bradford has already made much more money than many QBs that have been way more productive than him solely because of his college career.

    The sad part is someone will probably pay him top 5 QB money and then get fired for it.

  5. dolphins4 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:33 AM

    I hope the Eagles will re sign Sam Bradford to a long term contract. He gives them the best chance to win now.

  6. officialgame says: Feb 16, 2016 8:39 AM

    BROCK OSWELER?

  7. ctiggs says: Feb 16, 2016 8:45 AM

    Why would they Bustford has made a boatload of money for relatively doing nothing.

  8. intrafinesse says: Feb 16, 2016 8:55 AM

    Bradford has all the leverage. No one is going to pay him 20MM this season.
    He can shop around and go where he wants, and the Eagles can’t stop him.
    The Browns might be a good destination. For once they don’t have to draft a QB, and if Bradford plays OK, they are a 500 team. They can afford to pay an extra couple of million on a prove it deal.

  9. jonathankrobinson424 says: Feb 16, 2016 8:57 AM

    …as a Eagles fan , as soon as the Eagles signed both TE’s, Curry, and soon Cox , Bradford should have seen the writing on the wall. It was a failed experiment & the Eagles will let him walk. Bring in Chase Daniels (over pay him if need be) and draft a QB of the future.

  10. jjackwagon says: Feb 16, 2016 8:58 AM

    With Maclin and Conley, the Chiefs should be starting Chase Daniel but they won’t.

  11. patsxsaintsfan says: Feb 16, 2016 9:03 AM

    I’d let Bradford walk before I pay him the money he got last year he has NEVER been healthy all year. Make his contracts incentive based from his playing time with an option to cut every year or so almost exactlylike kaepernicks deal. Otherwise you could sign 2 free agents who could help

  12. captainwhodat says: Feb 16, 2016 9:07 AM

    Eagles aren’t expected to franchise tag Sam Bradford…as they should: Bradford had the misfortune of being drafted by the Rams and Jeff Fisher who retarded his development…

  13. eagles1960 says: Feb 16, 2016 9:11 AM

    Good.

  14. eagles1960 says: Feb 16, 2016 9:15 AM

    Good

  15. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 16, 2016 9:16 AM

    peace out Sam, nice knowing ya! NOT WORTH anywhere NEAR 20MM!~

  16. vusnu says: Feb 16, 2016 9:22 AM

    I’d tag him and draft a young QB and let him sit for a year.

  17. myeaglescantwin says: Feb 16, 2016 9:26 AM

    The most important part of this offseason is fixing the OL.

    If they can’t do that, then there’s no need for a brittle $20,000,000 QB.
    IF they tell me that they WILL fix that OL and bring Bradford back,,, I’m down with that.

  18. mysterytonite says: Feb 16, 2016 9:26 AM

    “Bradford has all the leverage. No one is going to pay him 20MM this season.
    He can shop around and go where he wants, and the Eagles can’t stop him.”

    Sure if money is his sole motivation which I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t. People keep building the legend of Bradford up like he is this high upside untapped talent when in reality, he is a greedy, brittle fraud. The best thing he has ever done has kept his mouth shut and let the hype machine spin out of control. Let him walk, he is nothing more that a borderline starter in a qb hungy league. Better off going with someone with legitimate upside like Osweiler.

  19. myeaglescantwin says: Feb 16, 2016 9:28 AM

    personally, I’d hang that tag on him and shop him.
    Anything better than a 5th rounder is SOLD!!

  20. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Feb 16, 2016 9:29 AM

    “since it’s unlikely they view Mark Sanchez as the answer.”

    If Sanchez is the answer, do you really want to know the question (unless it involves butt fumble)?

  21. 1bigtex says: Feb 16, 2016 9:40 AM

    So what would the franchise tag number be? $20 million? For Sam Bradford? Seriously??? Hopefully, Sam was leasing in Philly and didn’t buy. Unless Mr. Bradford is as dumb as Kanye West, he’s rich for a long time and he’ll get the chance to catch on someplace else and cash some decent checks.

  22. 700levelvet says: Feb 16, 2016 9:57 AM

    There all garbage….. Evey QB named in this article…

  23. intrafinesse says: Feb 16, 2016 10:01 AM

    Bradford can decide where he wants to go.
    He doesn’t have to take the most money, he can choose a team he’d like to play for.

    He has the leverage over the Eagles in that they can’t forcibly keep him, other than by franchising him, which no one will do.
    You’re right in that it is a QB hungry league, so it’s likely he’ll get signed, and soon.
    As for being greedy, the 25MM was a figure thrown out by his agent, and unlikely to be a serious number. He signed his contract under the old CBA. The Rams over paid him. Now that contract is up.

    I’d keep him for a mid-level price, say 12.5MM for one year, since they have no other QB. The Eagles are in a bad situation QB wise, they have no one else , other than Mark Sanchez. Going with Sanchez is equivilent to tanking 2016 for a good pick in 2017, which may be smart. Maybe let Bradford go, tank this year, and get a good pick in 2017.

    ——————–
    mysterytonite says:
    Feb 16, 2016 9:26 AM
    “Bradford has all the leverage. No one is going to pay him 20MM this season.
    He can shop around and go where he wants, and the Eagles can’t stop him.”

    Sure if money is his sole motivation which I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t. People keep building the legend of Bradford up like he is this high upside untapped talent when in reality, he is a greedy, brittle fraud. The best thing he has ever done has kept his mouth shut and let the hype machine spin out of control. Let him walk, he is nothing more that a borderline starter in a qb hungy league. Better off going with someone with legitimate upside like Osweiler.

  24. sufferingbirdsfan says: Feb 16, 2016 10:05 AM

    It’s bad enough we bailed the Rams out of his old contract. It would be absolute stupidity to turn around a overpay him again with a new one. We have plenty of pass rushers and running backs. Let’s use them and take a shot with a kid in the draft. He won’t be much worse than Bradford and he’ll come a hellava lot cheaper.

  25. wallabear says: Feb 16, 2016 10:31 AM

    Better of a fit in Cleveland. But Cleveland could really compete a lot better with Brock Osweiler. So that sets the stage for both Osweiler and Bradford, if they both hit the free marketplace. Osweiler to the Eagles would be fascinating. Cleveland-Eagles-Rams: that’s about it when it comes to any starting QB openings.

  26. danm1978 says: Feb 16, 2016 10:34 AM

    myeaglescantwin says:
    Feb 16, 2016 9:28 AM
    personally, I’d hang that tag on him and shop him.
    Anything better than a 5th rounder is SOLD!!
    ——————————————————-
    I’m guessing that you’re being sarcastic….
    They can tag him, and try trade him. No one will take him at that price though😀

  27. nfceastfan says: Feb 16, 2016 10:53 AM

    intrafinesse says:
    Feb 16, 2016 8:55 AM
    Bradford has all the leverage. No one is going to pay him 20MM this season.
    He can shop around and go where he wants, and the Eagles can’t stop him.
    The Browns might be a good destination. For once they don’t have to draft a QB, and if Bradford plays OK, they are a 500 team. They can afford to pay an extra couple of million on a prove it deal.
    ————————————————————————
    They actually can stop him if they chose to. That’s what the speculation is about whether they’ll franchise them or not.

    Obviously reporters seem to think they’ll move on. We’ll see.

  28. nfceastfan says: Feb 16, 2016 10:57 AM

    danm1978 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 10:34 AM
    myeaglescantwin says:
    Feb 16, 2016 9:28 AM
    personally, I’d hang that tag on him and shop him.
    Anything better than a 5th rounder is SOLD!!
    ——————————————————-
    I’m guessing that you’re being sarcastic….
    They can tag him, and try trade him. No one will take him at that price though 😀

    =========================================
    At what price? Bradford would get the lesser franchise tag, and negotiate a contract with any team that wants him. It’s what smarter front offices do.

  29. therealtrenches says: Feb 16, 2016 11:11 AM

    I’d be fine with bringing in Chase Daniel to keep the seat warm for the guy they draft to be his successor, IF the draft was a little stronger in the QB department. As it is, these kids are over valued because of the need at the position.

  30. gmfw7 says: Feb 16, 2016 11:13 AM

    i had a conversation about this yesterday, and i’m going to say the same thing i told my buddy. this idea of the eagles franchising bradford or giving him a new contract with a annual salary near $20mil is completely and solely media driven. the eagles aren’t going to franchise him or pay him $20mil a year on a new deal for one extremely important reason…they don’t have to.i am in the bradford camp, for what it;s worth. i think he performed well last year…very well the last two months. his numbers in the last 8 games were in the top half of nfl starting QBs…i believe in the top 10 actually. this while learning a new offense and coming back from two wasted years with injuries and a team around him that turned on the head coach and seemed to give up for the most part. we philadelphia fans have a tendency to put unrealistic expectations on players, and it seemed like bradford took a lot of heat from eagles’ fans that wasn’t necesarrily warranted last season. i would be happy to see them retain him and give him another 2 years to see what he can do with some younger o-linemen, another WR threat and a revamped defense under one of the most successful having said all of that…the eagles aren’t going to have to franchise him or pay him $20mil a year because he isn’t going to get an offer for $20mil a year from any other team in the league. unless howie plans on bidding against himself i find it hard to see a situation in which the eagles’ hands are forced and they need to give him such a large contract or tag him. the media is continuing with this narrative that either we have to pay him that much or he’s gone, but why?? have their been any reports of teams who are really interested and who have enough cap space to offer him that much money? is there any team with a coaching staff who knows him personally enough and has worked with him enough to believe he is deserving of that kind of money? if so…who? please stop with these articles about this huge payday he is definitely going to receive unless you have some evidence that it’s going to happen. the guy still has to prove he can stay healthy, which he still wasn’t able to do for a full 16 this year. i’d be happy if we were able to get him for 2 years/ $25 million fully guaranteed and see if he plays himself into a bigger contract. i know that’s probably a little low and some wishful thinking…realistically i can see him maybe getting $15 a year…$17 at the absolute max if there is a bidding war. however, im not sure he goes for the highest paying job. he’s already made $60mil on his rookie deal and i can see him taking a little less if it’s from a team he believes has a real chance on winning. to do that the eagles need to do a couple things: 1. draft o-line help 2. add one more corner in an early round of the draft 3. add a WR with legit speed and/or size to compliment the weapons in house and 4. add a 4-3 pass rusher to team with vinny curry and brandon graham in schwartz’ defense. i would really love to see them put a priority on mario williams. had a bad year in the 3-4 last year which was an obviously poor fit, but had huge numbers for 3 straight seasons before that WITH SCHWARTZ AS HIS DC…he could really put the d-line and the defense over the top. williams, logan, cox, and curry is a front 4 no QB would be excited to face and would have the potential to end the season amongst the league leaders in sack totals as a group

  31. steelerben says: Feb 16, 2016 11:15 AM

    The question, and this is always the question when it is time to move on at quarterback, is who are you going to replace him with?

    It is easy to say Brock Osweiler, but chances of him being available are pretty slim. Peyton coming back for one more year with the Broncos seems unlikely, even if he does come back for one more season. The free agent class is otherwise headlined by such top flight options as EJ Manuel, Geno Smith, and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    There are no NFL ready quarterbacks coming out of college this season and anyone that might be worth taking in the first round to polish up will be gone before the Eagles are on the clock.

    Does anyone feel more comfortable going into a season with Sanchez, Lewis and (TBD) as your depth chart? Bradford might be asking for a silly amount of money, but if you can negotiate him down to a realistic amount it would be far better than going into next season with no one at quarterback.

  32. Walt Gekko says: Feb 16, 2016 11:40 AM

    To me there is one other possibility:

    Seeing if the Redskins would be willing to take on a bad contract in exchange for RG III (who the Skins are likely cutting before March 9). This may sound nuts, but I can see where Dan Snyder might very well do such a trade, overriding the front office because I think the LAST thing Snyder wants to see happen is RG III winding up in Dallas or LA (Cowboys being a much bigger rival than the Eagles even if the Eagles are a division rival, Rams being the team that fleeced the Redskins so the Redskins could move up).

    Doing a trade with the Eagles where RG III agrees to re-structure his remaining year that is $16.2 Million guaranteed into perhaps a three-year deal that is $18 Million guaranteed total with a fourth-year option as well as other incentives that would pay RG III like an elite QB if he played like one AND would also add additional years that probably would be around $20 Million a year at a time by then when elite QBs could be pushing $30 Million.

    That to me might be a way to letting Bradford go be more palatable to everyone.

  33. ebdug says: Feb 16, 2016 12:11 PM

    Yep, Daniel should be starting and Bradley should be riding the bench. I’d be impressed if the NFL got this one right.

  34. kennylc2015 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:17 PM

    I understand the Eagles need a QB, but so many teams get in trouble because they essentially say “well, we need a QB… this guy is a QB so there you go.”

    I take the view point that if the QB is not there now, no big deal. Just focus your attention elsewhere and worry about it next year.

  35. gmfw7 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:18 PM

    @walt gekko…your “possibility” has one huge flaw buddy…why would any team be willing to give the redskins assets in return for a QB with that high a contract who is going to be a FA very soon and can be signed for much less and with out having to give anything up? the only way a team is giving up anything to get griffin is if he agrees to drop his 2016 salary from $16mil to about $5mil tops. and he isn’t going to want to do that because he has an injury history so he going to want to get as much guaranteed money as he can in case he gets hurt badly again. he may be willing to play on a one year “show me” contract, but even then he’s probably going to want a decent guarantee for that one year just in case fate chooses to make it his last year. also, i don’t think the eagles are interested in the slightest right now. it was an intriguing idea last year because of chip kelly’s fondness for mobile QBs to run the read option, but he’s gone now and nothing has indicated doug pederson is interested in that style of QB. i can tell you what, though…even if pederson is interested in him, he won’t go after him. it’s his first year as a head coach and he knows he has to give the owner, the players and the fans a reason to believe he can take this team to the super bowl. if he puts his chips in the middle on a bet on RGIII, it will be all on him if things don’t work out. if they turn around and go 4-12 this season he will most likely be shown the door. however, if they resign bradford short term they are going to draft a qb at some point this year…so if the team fails in 2016 then pederson was just “working with what he had” and is grooming “his guy” to take over. new coaches usually get an extra 2 years by drafting a QB and giving everyone the idea that the kid needs a year or two before they really can count on him to lead them…pederson will use that same strategy because he’s not an idiot and this is a business

  36. sharrerwwonka22 says: Feb 16, 2016 2:25 PM

    They shouldn’t anyway, those deligations are usually made for top tier players at their respective positions, not one’s who would be hard pressed to even win a starting job on 90% of other nfl rosters. He’d be a #2 qb on the majority of above .500 teams from this past season, and might not even make the roster on others. Paying him top 5 money at his position would not only be financial suicide, but would also show that the team has given up hope on winning much for the near future. He wasn’t even the best qb involved in the eagles/rams trade, that’s saying something.

  37. tonopahrick says: Feb 16, 2016 3:39 PM

    He should get the franchise band aid

  38. hollymolley says: Feb 17, 2016 7:08 AM

    A close look at Chris Hackenburg could be a wise move for the birds. Not a starter, but huge potential. Just sayin …

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