Eagles apparently plan to go with three quarterbacks

AP

As the saying goes, if you have two quarterbacks, you have none. So what does it mean when you have three quarterbacks?

Possibly, some very unique offensive formations.

With the Eagles becoming the second team in less than a week to surrender multiple picks for a crack at one of the top two quarterbacks in the draft, the Eagles will have their new rookie (Carson Wentz or Jared Goff), Sam Bradford, and Chase Daniel on the roster.

Making the situation even more amazing is the fact that the Eagles have signed Bradford and Daniel to new contracts this offseason, with $22 million fully guaranteed for Bradford over two years and $12 million fully guaranteed for Daniel. Another $24 million or so will be fully guaranteed to the team’s newest quarterback, whoever that is.

Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman told reporters on Wednesday that Bradford is the starter, and that the team will take a quarterback with the second pick in the draft.

While Bradford may indeed be the starter right now, his contract could be intriguing to a team like the Jets, Broncos, or even the 49ers. If the Eagles agree to eat Bradford’s $11 million signing bonus, Bradford’s new team would be responsible for a $7 million base salary this year, a fully-guaranteed $4 million roster bonus due next March, and a $13 million base salary in 2017.

That’s $24 million over two years, a very affordable amount for a starting quarterback.

To get the most for Bradford, the Eagles need to project the notion that they want to keep him. They also need to send that message in the event they’d like to trade him but can’t.

If they don’t trade Bradford (or Chase Daniel), they’ll have more than $58 million in fully-guaranteed obligations to three quarterbacks, only one of whom will be playing — barring a return of the Wildcat formation to Philly.

57 responses to “Eagles apparently plan to go with three quarterbacks

  1. well, howie successfully ditched demarco and maxwell against all odds.

    maybe he gets the benefit of the doubt here, but what in blazes are the eagles doing?

  2. A $7 million base salary? Why that just coincidentally happens to be the amount Denver is willing to pay a QB…

  3. “That’s $24 million over two years, a very affordable amount for a starting quarterback.”…..except for John Elway who wants a starting QB for $7 million….or less.

  4. If Daniels drops out, then Bradford should easily win the nomination. But if not, they’ll all go to an open convention and Wentz/Goff might be in play on a second or third ballot.

  5. TheDPR says:
    Apr 20, 2016 2:36 PM

    Why assume they’ll take a QB?
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    Because of the 5th paragraph in the article.

    “Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman told reporters on Wednesday that Bradford is the starter, and that the team will take a quarterback with the second pick in the draft.”

  6. Roseman claims they will be happy with either (chocolate v vanilla) and that they did not see a better opportunity coming down the road.

    Sorry, this strikes me as Napoleon syndrome, where the Accountant/Dweeb/ non-football guy Roseman gets revenge on Chip Kelly by jumping him in the draft position knowing Kelly wanted Goff at 7.

    Goff started as a freshman, and may pan out, but its way too much to pay for what could be

    ” The Goof for Goff”

  7. .
    The biggest winners of the St Louis and Philadelphia trades are the teams of the AFC. The original #1 and #2 were owned by AFC clubs. Now it appears that both young QBs will be residing in the NFC. Good young QBs tend to disrupt the balance of power.
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  8. I have to give the Eagles credit. I like Wentz more than Goff, but I like Goff more that the top 5 listed for next year. Do you want to wait for Chad Kelly, CJ Beathard, Joshua Dobbs, Seth Russell and Mitch Leidner?

  9. You’d think with all the picks the Eagles gave away, the team would be drafting a QB to be a Day 1 starter. If the idea is to get a guy to sit and let him develop, why not wait until next year or later in the draft? Unless they truly believe that Wentz or Goff is the future. Either way, the Eagles could have really used those picks to gain depth at any other position or used the money from Bradford and Daniels to pay guys like Fletcher Cox. Hope they know what they’re doing.

  10. Considering that the Eagles keep the cap hit for the signing bonus on Bradford, doesn’t make that pretty much make Bradford’s contract a $7M 1 year contract with a team option for one more year?

    I could definitely see teams like the Broncos or Jets who really need starters and already have a strong defense in play. I could easily see them offering their 1st round picks this year for him.

  11. Good news, bad news for Ravens fan. Bad news…no chance we trade back (or at least there better be no chance). Good news…we are guaranteed one of the consensus top 5 players. I hope Bosa, Tunsil or Ramsey falls to us.

  12. getadealdonealready says:
    Apr 20, 2016 2:40 PM

    I just don’t understand teams giving up so many pics to move up in the draft.

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    Because middle-of-the-pack teams that don’t have a legit QB go 6-10 to 9-7 every year and get stuck in “QB purgatory” where they aren’t good enough to really make a playoff run, but they aren’t bad enough to have an early 1st round pick to use on a promising QB prospect. So the options are try to get a good free agent (which are rarely available) hope you get lucky with a late round QB who turns out to be a star (which rarely happens) or bet the farm and trade up for the first or second overall pick and hope it pans out.

  13. And of course, Howie is such a better judge of talent than Chip and makes better deals than Chip. What’s to worry about?

  14. “If the Eagles agree to eat Bradford’s $11 million signing bonus”, isn’t that a rather large sticking point about Bradford going to Denver??

  15. edelmanfanclub says:
    Apr 20, 2016 3:07 PM
    They dumped all of Kellys guys then do this?

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    Yeah. Why not? Why would getting rid of Kelly’s guys stop them from you doing this? I don’t understand this comment.

  16. In other words, ‘we haven’t been offered enough for Bradford yet to make a trade’.

    I still think the chances of them trading Bradford is pretty high. The price they paid Daniels to sign made everyone scratch their heads to begin with, and making this move largely confirms what everyone was thinking in that Daniels may have been brought in to start.

    I’d say the odds are on Bradford playing elsewhere next season.

  17. richie – You also traded two pretty decent players to move up to No. 8. So your little revisionist history to make you feel like your team didn’t just get hornswaggled is comical.

  18. The Eagles have ALWAYS gone with three quarterbacks.

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    But this is the first time the Eagles paid $32M for what will be their backup and 3rd string QBs.

  19. 3 Qbs isn’t a new concept. However, 3 Qbs at 58 million a year is INSANE!

    A veteran backup usually makes 1-3mil, third string is lucky to break a mil.

    When rookies are taken in the top of the first round they don’t sit 3rd on the depth chart.

  20. Many teams go with 3 QBs, absolutely nothing unusual in that.

    Paying all 3 at the level they’ll get paid at on the other hand, is not.

  21. valandraud says:
    Apr 20, 2016 3:17 PM
    “If the Eagles agree to eat Bradford’s $11 million signing bonus”, isn’t that a rather large sticking point about Bradford going to Denver??

    Val- its exactly as stated. bradford gets no vote; the $11M is already paid and if denver and philly agree on the trade compensation, the deal is as good as done. and howie would have done a great deal. and gotten rid of another chipper asset and gotten something in return….

  22. The Eagles already have one great QB and one good backup. Who’s saying they’ll for sure draft a QB. They might go for Tunsil or Jalen Ramsey. Nobody knows. I still think the best QB this year is going to be the 4th or 5th one picked. Maybe even in the second round.

  23. richiethegreek says:
    Apr 20, 2016 3:22 PM
    Why would getting rid of Kelly’s guys stop them from you doing this? I don’t understand this comment.
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    It’s not hard. Try to keep up

  24. “ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Apr 20, 2016 2:36 PM
    Lol joke of a franchise. Wish you had Andy Reid back huh?”

    Why? Andy showed you in last seasons playoffs what we saw for 14 bleepin years and the world spent 3 weeks laughing at him and the Chiefs after that loss and the time management fiasco.

    No, I’d say 14 years is enough, but hey, you have fun with that….

  25. tonebones says:
    Apr 20, 2016 5:15 PM
    The Eagles already have one great QB and one good backup.
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    In what alternate universe do the Eagles have a “great” QB? Is it the same one where Trevor Siemian is the second coming?

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