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Sam Bradford could easily be traded again

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Last year at 4:01 p.m. ET on the first day of the league year, the Eagles and Rams dropped a bomb on the NFL, swapping quarterbacks Nick Foles and Sam Bradford. This year, it’s possible that the Eagles could unleash another Bradford-related surprise.

Based on the terms of Bradford’s contract, he could be traded by the Eagles.

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, the first $5.5 million installment of Bradford’s $11 million signing bonus isn’t due until March 18, 2016. The second is due on or before September 1, 2016. So the Eagles have yet to pay Bradford a penny; they could transfer his entire contract to a new team.

It’s not unusual for contracts to contain a lag between the signing of a contract and the payment of the signing bonus. But with the Eagles reportedly reaching a deal with quarterback Chase Daniel and with the terms of Daniel’s deal on complete and total lockdown until 4:00 p.m. ET at the earliest, it’s entirely possible that the Eagles will do what Bradford feared they’d do if he had signed an extension after arriving via trade a year ago — abruptly flip him to another team, like the Browns or the Texans or the 49ers.

Even though the Eagles haven’t paid Bradford’s bonus, they’d be responsible for the full $11 million under their 2016 cap. But they would get a full credit for the money in 2017, allowing for the bonus money to essentially be carried over by a year. Besides, the move also would clear Bradford’s $7 million salary off the books, creating a net cap gain for 2016 of $1.5 million.

We’re not reporting that it’s happening or speculating that it will or otherwise doing anything other than pointing out that, given the structure of Bradford’s contract (which per a source with knowledge of the deal does not contain a trade clause), it could happen.

Last year, when Foles and Bradford were swapped, no one saw it coming. This year, if Bradford goes the way of DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso, it shouldn’t be as big of a surprise as it was in 2015.

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47 Responses to “Sam Bradford could easily be traded again”
  1. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 9, 2016 2:20 PM

    What a mess in Philly

  2. thesmartest1 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:22 PM

    That would be GM suicide. So the starting QB would be??

  3. vipod4ever says: Mar 9, 2016 2:22 PM

    Makes sense, no?

    Bradford reminds of Humpty Dumpty on the wall!

  4. Bob says: Mar 9, 2016 2:23 PM

    ” … which per a source with knowledge of the deal does not contain a trade clause …”

    Do you mean it does not contain a “no-trade” clause?

  5. grogantomorgan says: Mar 9, 2016 2:25 PM

    Don’t think they got Chase Daniel to start …. if they did then the Eagles are in line for the 2016 “Suck for Luck Award”.

  6. kurdishpats1 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:25 PM

    Bradford to 49ers. Kap to Denver, in three-way trade sending a 2nd to Philly.

  7. theseekeroffun says: Mar 9, 2016 2:25 PM

    New HC, blowing up the roster, no guards and no O line depth. It looks a mess in Philly.

  8. Mike Rigz says: Mar 9, 2016 2:27 PM

    Clever reporting guys, and a must click & read, but this is a long shot.

  9. diablo19709 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:28 PM

    They traded up to get the first QB sliding back. They have made it clear they are not re engineering, they are rebuilding- again!

  10. bobbyhoying says: Mar 9, 2016 2:29 PM

    People laughed when I said they would go with Chase Daniel and a rookie. If the have #8 maybe Chip would trade the 49ers pick for Sam and 8. Sam knows Chip’s system and he did not want to learn a new system.

  11. andyisfat says: Mar 9, 2016 2:30 PM

    Bye bye Sleeves.

  12. lonespeed says: Mar 9, 2016 2:31 PM

    Who wouldn’t want to trade for a future Hall of Very Average quarterback?

  13. gotitan says: Mar 9, 2016 2:31 PM

    @kurdishpats1 says:
    Mar 9, 2016 2:25 PM

    Bradford to 49ers. Kap to Denver, in three-way trade sending a 2nd to Philly.
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    Dreaming, like the saying the Titans got ripped off in the Murry “trade” where we simply dropped 13 spots in the 4th round for him.

  14. wiltsjunk says: Mar 9, 2016 2:33 PM

    the first thing i thought of when i heard that they are swapping with miami and getting the #8 pick is that now they had a reasonable shot at Goff or Wentz, whichever of the two doesn’t get picked by the Browns.

    I’d be all for a trade of Bradford, they aren’t winning anything with him.

  15. laces out says: Mar 9, 2016 2:33 PM

    “We’re not reporting that it’s happening or speculating that it will or otherwise doing anything other than pointing out that”

    so the Giants likely won’t trade JPP or Jenkins but it’s possible

  16. vonmillertime says: Mar 9, 2016 2:37 PM

    Come to Denver Sammy!

  17. coltzfan166 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:40 PM

    Who would trade for him?

  18. madnova says: Mar 9, 2016 2:40 PM

    I would think any trade would be farther down the road, though. Let the dominos fall a bit- wait for Orsweiler to sign, and then position Bradford as a possible “cheaper” or fallback option for the teams considering making a trade with the Titans for dibs on Goff/Wentz. And then maybe they have the ammo to be the team that jumps up to get the QB.

  19. troylok says: Mar 9, 2016 2:41 PM

    Interesting theory, but I can’t imagine they would get that much for him. Now, what could be interesting is if the trade was to San Francisco where Bradford would be reunited with Chip Kelly and Kapernick wants out. Could Kapernick be included in a deal?

  20. seatownballers says: Mar 9, 2016 2:41 PM

    Trade to Denver , doubt he could do much in Houston

  21. bleedgreenphilly says: Mar 9, 2016 2:42 PM

    Makes no sense. $11 million in dead cap space to move up in the draft? Did PFT forget we’re trying to get Fletcher Cox signed to new deal?

  22. tccoats says: Mar 9, 2016 2:42 PM

    Even though the Eagles haven’t paid Bradford’s bonus, they’d be responsible for the full $11 million under their 2016 cap. But they would get a full credit for the money in 2017, allowing for the bonus money to essentially be carried over by a year. Besides, the move also would clear Bradford’s $7 million salary off the books, creating a net cap gain for 2016 of $1.5 million.

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    Can someone explain this….especially the part about a net cap gain of $1.5M….. 7 minus 5.5 is 1.5 cap gain, 7 minus 11 is 4 cap charge

  23. ytownie says: Mar 9, 2016 2:44 PM

    Guarantee he doesn’t play sixteen games next fall. Thats a lock.

  24. justintuckrule says: Mar 9, 2016 2:44 PM

    Philly loves themselves some March don’t they?

  25. 2dimesandanickelback says: Mar 9, 2016 2:48 PM

    “easily…”

    doesn’t another team have to want the guy to make an easy trade? I know QBs with a history of injury and mediocrity are in high demand and all..

  26. a1b24312 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:49 PM

    There would be no GM suicide because they don’t have a GM.

  27. steelerben says: Mar 9, 2016 2:55 PM

    tccoats says:
    Mar 9, 2016 2:42 PM
    Even though the Eagles haven’t paid Bradford’s bonus, they’d be responsible for the full $11 million under their 2016 cap. But they would get a full credit for the money in 2017, allowing for the bonus money to essentially be carried over by a year. Besides, the move also would clear Bradford’s $7 million salary off the books, creating a net cap gain for 2016 of $1.5 million.

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    Can someone explain this….especially the part about a net cap gain of $1.5M….. 7 minus 5.5 is 1.5 cap gain, 7 minus 11 is 4 cap charge

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    Bradford signed a two year deal, which means the cap hit for his signing bonus is spread over two seasons, $5.5 million per year. The Eagles would be responsible for the $5.5 million this season, but not the other half, which would be charged to his new team next year. The $7 million salary would go on the books for the team that traded for him. This opens up $1.5 million this season for the Eagles.

  28. a072455 says: Mar 9, 2016 2:57 PM

    What! Does mean Butt-Fumble will be out of a Job? I enjoy that Jets Patriots game. The only thing that topped Scanchz’s butt-fumble was the Vikings Jim Marshall scooping a fumble and ran uncontested to his own end zone…….

  29. wallabear says: Mar 9, 2016 2:57 PM

    Bradford has always been “damaged goods” since injuring his shoulder, at the end of his collegiate career with the Okie Sooners. In front of a crowd of 78K+, Bradford lost the BCS National Championship to this “dude” named Timmy Tebow (and Urban Meyer). So there’s your picture of the “$50M ‘Guaranteed'” Bradford, then drafted by the Saint Louie Rams before ever playing in an actual NFL game. SMH

  30. winged warrior says: Mar 9, 2016 2:58 PM

    bradford and #8 to cleveland for #2

  31. 23rdusernameused says: Mar 9, 2016 3:06 PM

    bleedgreenphilly says:

    “Makes no sense. $11 million in dead cap space to move up in the draft? Did PFT forget we’re trying to get Fletcher Cox signed to new deal?”

    They don’t have to sign Fletch’ just yet, he’s got another year on his current deal. I could see Howie waiting ’til next Feb to sign him.

  32. throwingstones20 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:08 PM

    At that salary no one is touching him.

  33. jlbay says: Mar 9, 2016 3:11 PM

    Gotitan, dropping 13 spots in the 4th round is getting ripped off for taking on Murray, or did you not see him average a whopping 3.6 yards per carry, miss picking up blocks on critical downs, step out of bounds instead of picking up an extra yard and being tackled by playing pretty much touch football last year.

    No way the Eagles should have been able to unload that LOAD on any team . . . I would have expected the Eagles to give up their 4th for the Titans 5th round pick to take this washed up – never was.

    But good luck with him, he will get your franchise QB killed just by the blocks he doesn’t want to make. Seriously go back and look at game tape, the dude simply avoids blocking assignments and pick ups.

  34. eaglesfanalways says: Mar 9, 2016 3:13 PM

    Wow…let’s put 2 and 2 together to get 5! Most likely scenario is Sanchize is traded/released and Daniels is Bradford’s backup.

  35. douchebigelow says: Mar 9, 2016 3:20 PM

    Best of luck Sam getting traded out of the dumpster fire that is Filthadelphia. The most hapless, pathetic franchise in the NFL.

    #1960

  36. sharptop27 says: Mar 9, 2016 3:37 PM

    Sanchez to Denver

  37. topwonk says: Mar 9, 2016 3:49 PM

    Exactly – as I pointed out when the Chase Daniel signing was reported. It may not be Sanchez the Eagles are looking to move, but Bradford. Took some heat for that one, but as Mike says, Bradford’s contract is set up to allow for that. With Doug Pederson’s man-love for Chase Daniel, and the Eagles moving up to #8 in the draft as part of the Dolphins deal and possibly targeting a QB there, the idea of a Bradford trade is not so far fetched.

  38. doggeatdogg says: Mar 9, 2016 3:57 PM

    What the blazes is going on in Philly.

  39. eagles777 says: Mar 9, 2016 4:00 PM

    Especially, since Osweiler’s new contract makes Sam a bargain.

  40. bleedgreenphilly says: Mar 9, 2016 4:07 PM

    23rdusernameused says:
    Mar 9, 2016 3:06 PM

    They don’t have to sign Fletch’ just yet, he’s got another year on his current deal. I could see Howie waiting ’til next Feb to sign him.

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    While there is some logic in that, since there is no way he is leaving as they would just franchise him, it would be the wrong move. Fletcher’s numbers will most likely increase substantially in Schwartz’s system. Not to mention it would be a contract year too. You want to pay the man for his current production and not what should be, at least statistically, much more production next year. The Eagles want to avoid the type of deals Haynesworth and Suh got after playing for Schwartz.

  41. leroyquimby says: Mar 9, 2016 4:08 PM

    Trade Bradford to who?

  42. kfoyo808 says: Mar 9, 2016 4:09 PM

    John Elway is on line 1 for you, Howie…he was sobbing hysterically…something about please give us Sam Bradford…

  43. immafubared says: Mar 9, 2016 4:18 PM

    Bradford was totally over rated from day one and will win you nothing. He is your typical 8-8 QB. Thats what he is. So who the hell needs that?

  44. BringBackTheFlex says: Mar 9, 2016 4:31 PM

    If the 9ers are smart they are quaking in their boots with Kelly on board. They can actually see what a team has to do to recover from his machinations. They will not allow him to make a single personnel decision.

    Of course, if they were smart they wouldn’t have touched him, or given Kaepernick $100M, or put Tomsula in charge last year, or….

  45. therealtrenches says: Mar 9, 2016 4:36 PM

    Headline should say: “players on teams can be traded.”

    This article reveals little more than that obvious truth.

  46. dohczeppelin says: Mar 9, 2016 4:51 PM

    Eagles are going into a full rebuild. They’re going to suck this year, and probably next year too, but unloading all of these contracts and stocking up on draft picks is the key to long term success. Otherwise they would be paralyzed for the next 4 to 5 years.

    Sometimes you just have to rip the band-aid off.

  47. justanotherfan101 says: Mar 9, 2016 5:54 PM

    Of all the improbable scenarios, this is one of the most far fetched. Since Chase Daniels is at best a backup QB, how does signing him change anything in Philly.

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