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Doug Pederson: Eagles still want to draft a quarterback

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 19: The Philadelphia Eagles announce their new head coach Doug Pederson on January 19, 2016 at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Eagles did the business they needed to this week, locking up starting quarterback Sam Bradford for the next two years.

But that won’t preclude them from adding to the depth chart this spring, as coach Doug Pederson said he hoped to add one in the draft, even if they can wait a little longer now.

You have to continue to bring in competition,” Pederson said, via Matt Mullin of PhillyVoice.com. “You have to continue to develop every position, quarterback being, obviously, the focal point. You look forward into the draft, if there’s a guy there that you can develop and mature and bring along.

“You have to continue to create depth and competition at the position so it’s not out of the question. But at the same time, we have to make sure it’s the right fit for us.”

And of course, now that Bradford’s taken care of, it’s no longer necessary to force one with the 13th overall pick, which they might have had to do otherwise.

Asked about using his first-rounder on 13, Pederson immediately began backpedaling, saying: “Oh, I don’t know about at 13.” And he insisted that any pick of a passer wouldn’t undermine Bradford.

“He would have no problem with [us drafting a QB],” Pederson said. “And listen, you’re going to continue to develop your roster and you have to in the National Football League. You’ve got to stay two-deep or three-deep at some spots, and we’re going to continue to bring guys in, quarterback being one of them.

“That doesn’t mean he has to be the Day 1 starter as a rookie. So, again, if you can develop young talent, it just makes you better, especially later in the season when you need those guys.”

The Eagles owe Mark Sanchez $4.5 million for next season, but otherwise have just McLeod Bethel-Thompson on the roster. So they roster spot is there for a draft pick, so Pederson can potentially groom him for the time beyond Bradford’s latest deal.

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11 Responses to “Doug Pederson: Eagles still want to draft a quarterback”
  1. hollymolley says: Mar 4, 2016 6:59 AM

    The eagles would be wise to take a very good look at Chris Hackenberg. Just a thought …

  2. eagleswin says: Mar 4, 2016 7:08 AM

    “He would have no problem with [us drafting a QB],” Pederson said. “

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    22 million guaranteed says that he has no reason to care about the Eagles drafting a QB. He’s probably going to finish out the contract on IR anyway so someone has to play.

    It’s not like his pay is based on his play anyway. They still roll out his college tape from 7 years ago to show his highlights.

  3. birdzflyinhigh says: Mar 4, 2016 7:35 AM

    Signing Bradford means the Eagles can now take the best available player at 13, if they feel that’s Lynch, than they will draft a QB at 13.

  4. chaser44 says: Mar 4, 2016 7:40 AM

    release sanchez, sign another veteran backup for the season and draft connor cook in the 3rd-4th round. They have 2 3rd round picks so maybe the second one. Use the first on O-line, sign another #2 type wr to play with ertz, Mathews, agohlar and send murray to dallas.

  5. key2heat says: Mar 4, 2016 8:38 AM

    HA. Pederson was allowed to call plays in only the second half of games because Andy Reid was trying to train him. Now this dude is a head coach and working in the draft room.

  6. usg1 says: Mar 4, 2016 9:00 AM

    chaser44 says:
    Mar 4, 2016 7:40 AM
    release sanchez, sign another veteran backup for the season and draft connor cook in the 3rd-4th round. They have 2 3rd round picks so maybe the second one. Use the first on O-line, sign another #2 type wr to play with ertz, Mathews, agohlar and send murray to dallas.

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    You plan is just all full of problems.

    1st – They would save only 3.5 million cutting Sanchez, and signing another veteran backup would cost that much and maybe more, so it would be better to keep Sanchez. Otherwise, cut Sanchez and just let whoever you draft at QB to be the backup. That is the only way that makes sense.

    2nd – Highly unlikely Connor Cook lasts to the 3rd round, and even though our second 3rd rounder isn’t much further back, it would be stupid to wait that much longer if he were there.

    3rd – They have bigger needs than another #2 WR than to waste the little cap they have going to sign one. The Eagles 1-3 WRs (Agholor, Matthews, Huff) will be relatively unchanged going into next season.

    4th – The only way Murray gets traded is if he redoes his contract and takes less, which Murray doesn’t want to do. He wants to be able to have his cake and eat it too, and it just isn’t happening.

  7. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 4, 2016 10:06 AM

    ……Call the Philadelphia PD !!!….Sanchez is STEALING $$$ from the Eagles. Cut this bum and go get Chase Daniel.

  8. chaser44 says: Mar 4, 2016 11:25 AM

    You plan is just all full of problems.

    1st – They would save only 3.5 million cutting Sanchez, and signing another veteran backup would cost that much and maybe more, so it would be better to keep Sanchez. Otherwise, cut Sanchez and just let whoever you draft at QB to be the backup. That is the only way that makes sense.

    2nd – Highly unlikely Connor Cook lasts to the 3rd round, and even though our second 3rd rounder isn’t much further back, it would be stupid to wait that much longer if he were there.

    3rd – They have bigger needs than another #2 WR than to waste the little cap they have going to sign one. The Eagles 1-3 WRs (Agholor, Matthews, Huff) will be relatively unchanged going into next season.

    4th – The only way Murray gets traded is if he redoes his contract and takes less, which Murray doesn’t want to do. He wants to be able to have his cake and eat it too, and it just isn’t happening.
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    I will bet any amount they cut sanchez this offseason and bring in some other vet to backup or be 3rd string.

    they have 19mil in cap space right now, plenty of money. I don’t see them spending another high pick on a wr after consecutive years of Mathews in second, huff 3rd, agholar 1st round picks. A veteran wr to come in with speed is more than reasonable.

    The murray to dallas thing is a dream I know and thanks for explaining something I already know along with everyone else about his money. I am hoping that since he wants to go there and they may seem to want him back, he is willing to rework his deal.

  9. nflgtcfl says: Mar 4, 2016 1:45 PM

    They will draft one in 3rd or 4th. Anything higher is stupid based on Bradford’s contract.

    Cut Sanchez. It is over. He has ability, but he is a tease. if your QB goes down for 4 games, he may keep those games close and have decent stats. But he will lose most of them.

    Bring in someone like Hasslebeck instead. Or a young guy to compete with the QB they draft.

  10. levanderwilliams says: Mar 4, 2016 8:47 PM

    Way to show all your cards before the draft, you jacka$$!!!

  11. RPMan says: Mar 5, 2016 1:37 AM

    We should give Dak Prescott a look as a 3rd round pick. He seems like the perfect kind of guy who can benefit from developing behind Bradford for a few years and then starting assuming Bradford walks or isn’t retained after the 2 years (although I hope Bradford’s “best is yet to come” as he said).

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