Bradford could blow starting job if he stays away too long

AP

Sam Bradford remains an Eagle. He also remains the team’s starting quarterback. One of those things could change in time — and not the one Bradford wants to change.

Comments from coach Doug Pederson make it clear that, at some point, Bradford’s absence will affect his status at the top of the depth chart.

“Anybody that’s not in any of the 32 offseason programs is losing valuable time at that club,” Pederson said, via Josh Paunil of PhillyMag.com. “So anybody that’s not in the offseason program, yes, would lose the time.”

Bradford reportedly isn’t taking calls from Pederson, and Pederson told reporters on Saturday that he hasn’t spoken to Bradford since Bradford commenced his quest for a trade.

It’s unclear how much time Bradford would have to miss before he’d slide on the depth chart. At some point, however, that will happen.

“I think it depends on how and when he does come back and how fast we can catch him up and put him back in that situation and see where he’s at at that time,” Pederson said, via Paunil. “Again, no one makes the team in April. We’re not making any roster adjustments and letting people go. It’s all about evaluation, and he’s in that evaluation process. But as I’ve said in the past, he was one, Chase [Daniel] is two and we’re moving on from there.”

The Eagles have insisted that they won’t trade Bradford, who apparently isn’t willing to compete after having playing time handed to him since 2010, thanks to the last windfall No. 1 overall contract.

76 responses to “Bradford could blow starting job if he stays away too long

  1. Bradford is in no position to be making demands.

    Fine him everyday he misses. Then, when he shows up, have him #2 on the depth chart and work his way to becoming the starter again.

    This isn’t how a franchise QB acts, this is how my 5 year old nephew acts.

  2. my advice to wentz do the opposite of everything sad sam has done in his career and you will be a elite qb in the nfl

  3. “But he’s accomplished so much in this league for the past 6 years. Why should he have to compete and prove himself to anybody?”

    -said no Eagles/NFL fan on the face of this Earth. Ever.

  4. Bradford should be at the bottom of the depth chart already for his “me” antics. Of course it would be different if he was any good. You can see why a guy like Ryan Fitzpatrick would be annoyed by the lowball offer he got. Bradford is a petulant child.

  5. Game of P’wned:

    One could almost imagine Bradford as Renly Baratheon, Fitzgerald as Stannis and Kaep as Theon Greyjoy.

    Sanchez makes a notable appearance as Prince Oberyn, while the serviceable Nick Foles lurks about as Beric Dondarrion.

    Pretenders all.

  6. He’s always been the BMOC and isn’t used to being challenged like this. He should be grateful he got in with the last of those ridiculous rookie contracts and realize the only constant in life is change and meet it head on like a pro rather than sulking. We all face uncomfortable change in some form or another in various points in time.

  7. I misread that headline, as I quickly skimmed over it, and thought he was going to start new career if this Eagle thing didn’t pan out.

  8. Sam, this is the same advice that I would give my son if he had your talent. Take the Kurt Warner route. He was a Superbowl winning QB when he went to the Giants, who drafted Eli Manning. He acted with class, led the team to a 5-2 record and helped to coach up Eli. He lost the starting job to the high draft pick, He went to Arizona, where the same thing happened.
    The Cards drafted Matt Lienart with a high pick. Warner once again helped coach him.
    This time he beat him out for the starting job, led the Cards to the Superbowl and earned himself a place in the Hall of Fame

  9. So we know he’s not holding out for more money, so basically he’s holding out until he is traded to a team where he is the unquestioned franchise quarterback. Which team does he think that would be? The Jets and Broncos drafted quarterbacks, too. Even SF, he has to compete with Kaepernick, since the 49ers aren’t going to be able to move his contract. Cleveland has RG3. And while none of those are great quarterbacks, they’re all going to be competition. Bradford has been given the starting job in Philly. All he has to do is show up, and show that he’s as good as he thinks he is, and he’ll either keep Wentz on the bench or get a long term deal elsewhere.

    Either he’s too dumb and full of himself to realize that this is his best chance, or he has no confidence in himself and completely lost it when he realized his career is essentially over.

  10. How petulant. Keep your head up, be a professional, and most importantly, JUST SHUT UP AND TAKE THE MONEY. He can make more in a year than most of us could make in 5 lifetimes yet that isn’t enough for him.

    Dude needs to take a leaf out Josh McCown’s book. Stop whining, just do whatever they tell you to do, and never stop quietly laughing on your way to the bank. Show some class and respect the amazing opportunity you have been given. Sheesh.

  11. Thing is, Bradford wants the Eagles in the position where they’re paying near $30m for two backups. There’s little chance they go into the season like that so will probably trade or release him.

    We don’t know what promises were made when Bradford signed his contract, but it isn’t that his eventual replacement was drafted, more the fact that the Eagles gave up so many draft choices that could have helped the team succeed now. Rarely does a veteran want to be the franchise QB on a team in total rebuild mode.

    Still, Bradford should keep his thoughts and frustrations internal rather than have his agent sounding off to the media.

  12. We’ve learned a lot about Sam Bradford over the past week. It speaks volumes that Sam is afraid to compete for the staring QB role to a player that hasn’t even thrown a pass in the NFL yet. It’s been quoted many times lately, but Sam needs to look at the way Kurt Warner conducted himself after Matt Leinart got drafted. He didn’t complain, won the starting QB job and took the Cardinals to the Super Bowl while cementing his Hall of Fame credentials.

  13. Any leverage Bradford thought he may have enjoyed ended with the 26th pick in the draft.

    At this point, barring injury/death to their starting QB, no team will take on his current salary in 2016 and teams must be scratching their heads as to his attitude and what that may mean for their team if he came on board.

    Perhaps he can hang out with Manziel for a while to help him appreciate the opportunity he has been given in life, and get his sorry arse back in for workouts and mini-camps.

  14. Bradford cashed his recent check, and he’s already loaded from before, so what are playing incentives to this guy?

    Go with Wentz and Chase, chuck the Bradford baby, and don’t look back.

  15. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    May 1, 2016 3:16 PM
    ..Take the Kurt Warner route. He was a Superbowl winning QB when he went to the Giants…He acted with class…helped to coach up Eli…He went to Arizona… Cards drafted Matt Lienart… Warner once again helped coach him. This time he beat him out for the starting job, led the Cards to the Superbowl and earned himself a place in the Hall of Fame.
    ————-
    Firstly, he hasn’t actually gotten into the Hall of Fame (unless you mean Arena). The reason being that his career was sporadic, at times superb but then very poor, hence all the trades. And as to “acting with class” – I shake my head at his still whining, 15 years after losing a SB to the Pats, with his “who knows, maybe” comments on what was proved nearly a decade ago to have been an invented story about the Pats supposedly taping the Rams walkthrough. And as to teaching younger QBs – Kaepernick got worse after Whiner privately coached him, though he clearly taught Eli and Leinart how to become sporadic…

  16. Pure Hot Air. The NFL is a business first and foremost built on winning, the week 1 starter will be the best QB on the roster, whomever that pans out to be, regardless of any off-season pouting.

  17. Badoglick makes a really good point; no team (s) did anything in the draft that make you think “we are holding out for Sam Bradford”. At this point it becomes if we could trade you we would so go find us a trading partner among the other 31 options and we will try to accommodate you. Even RG3 was the good teammate last year after getting shut down and when you look this selfish in the eyes of the fans compared to pretty much every other player in the Not For Long league that’s bad. 35 million is a lot of money to be the bridge for the new guy.

  18. Sam should fire Condon and get to work. Play well and he could somewhat inexplicably get a new big deal.

  19. Bradford can really do what he wants. Every team knows what he is at this point. Playing this year will not help his stock. If anything, it could hurt him. The Eagles aren’t a good team, and didn’t fill many holes. He sits out everything voluntary (waiting for a trade). He returns in time to avoid fines, and rides the pine. His character isn’t destroyed, as he can tell potential teams (in the future), he was lied to, and he just wants to win.

    If he wants to play with a contender, it’s not here, so playing isn’t such an issue. Perhaps he’ll end up with the Browns, and by forcing the Eagles to start Wentz, will give the Browns a top 3 pick again.

  20. Bradford looks like a complete idiot for the way he’s carrying himself.

    Come, ball out; And give the Eagles a hard decision about cutting you loose.

    Because, a good QB that can play and win right now carries a lot of weight over a QB that can “maybe” be good later. Make the decision for the Eagles very hard.

    And in a worse case scenerio, if your moved Bradford, you get another 20 mil from somebody else.

  21. ……and, with all of this, still don’t have a 1st round pick next year. Brown’s fans are enjoying the turbulence inPhilly and hoping it turns into L’s for at least 1 year.

  22. streetyson says:
    May 1, 2016 3:42 PM
    arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    May 1, 2016 3:16 PM
    I shake my head at his still whining, 15 years after losing a SB to the Pats, with his “who knows, maybe” comments
    ——-
    The theory of the spoliation inference is that when a party destroys evidence, it may be reasonable to infer that the party had “consciousness of guilt” or other motivation to avoid the evidence. Therefore, the fact finder may conclude that the evidence would have been unfavorable to the spoliator. Some jurisdictions have recognized a spoliation tort action, which allows the victim of destruction of evidence to file a separate tort action against a spoliator

  23. Just think of the tantrum he’ll throw when the guys elect Wentz as captain, based on the level of leadership each QB is showing them in camp.

    If he seriously believes his absence makes him look better than his presence, it’s probably best for the team and him that he stay away permanently.

  24. When in StL is was strongly rumored that the team didn’t sign someone who might be able to compete with him because he was too mentally fragile to be able to handle even the hint of competition. He signed a contract with Philly that no other team would even consider signing him to, and he still is acting petulant. Never liked him in StL and he continues to justify that opinion by acting like a spoiled brat.

  25. Time for a PFT poll.

    Who’s worse. Manziel or Bradford?

    I would argue Bradford is worse.

    Manziel is an alcoholic screaming for help.

    Bradford is a brat screaming like brats do.

  26. On the other hand, Bradford could blow his starting job if he actually shows up and practices next to a competent QB.

  27. Who’s trading for Bradford?! Nobody
    Dallas- Romo (big contract, drafted a QB)
    New York- Manning (future HoF, several years left)
    Washington- Cousins (clearly better, should get long term deal)
    Chicago- Cutler (yes he’s better than Sad Sam, good last season)
    Detroit- Stafford (big contract, clearly better)
    Green Bay- Rodgers (future HoF in his prime)
    Minnesota- Bridgewater (young & developing)
    Atlanta- Ryan (rough year but clearly better, big contract)
    Carolina- Newton (star, big contract)
    New Orleans- Brees (future HoF, big contract, few years left)
    Tampa Bay- Winston (#1 pick possible franchise QB, unlike Sad Sam)
    Arizona- Palmer (big contract, few years left)
    Los Angeles- Goff (#1 pick)
    San Francisco- Kap (full rebuild mode, why trade for a subpar QB)
    Seattle- Wilson (big contract, star)
    Buffalo- Taylor (breakout year, clearly better)
    Miami- Tannehill (big contract)
    New England- Brady (maybe if suspended for year not just 4 games)
    New York- Smith (see what Geno can do, Fitzmagic could be back)
    Baltimore- Flacco (big contract, clearly better)
    Cincinnati- Dalton (big contract, clearly better)
    Cleveland- Griffin III (full rebuild, see if RG3 can be healthy)
    Pittsburgh- Roethlisberger (future HoF, several years left)
    Houston- Osweiler (just signed big contract)
    Indianapolis- Luck (will get big contract this summer, franchise QB)
    Jacksonville- Bortles (young QB, looked good last season)
    Tennessee- Mariota (high pick, QB of the future)
    Denver – Sanchez (Lynch the QB of the future)
    Kansas City- Smith (big contract, clearly better)
    Oakland- Carr (young QB, breakout season last year)
    San Diego- Rivers (big contract, several years left)

  28. Bradford better change his tune quick or else he will get too far behind. This is a new offense, not Chip Kelly’s from last year. Bradford turned out to be a wuss and a selfish player. If he was a team player, he’d be in there mentoring Wentz. Bradford needs to realize there is no “I” in team.

  29. Who cares about Bradford? The Eagles have a great young QB in Carson Wentz, and a good backup in Chase Daniel. They didn’t trade the house away to move up to draft Wentz so that he could compete for the job. The job is being handed to him, and he’s more than capable of handling it. If Bradford, or anyone else doesn’t want to be an Eagle, let them walk away. That’s the way John Elway runs his team, and he’s having a great deal of success. The Eagles don’t own a Lombardi trophy, but they finally have a QB that can lead them to one. They just need to stay away from the battle of the ego games, and win some football games. The best way to win the ego battle is to win the super bowl.

  30. Dear Sam, I’m so sorry for what you are going through. I’m willing to trade places with you. You can take my position at my job, which guarantees me/you 2 weeks severance if they find somebody younger, cheaper and better (that’s abou $4,000 pre-tax). I will then take your guaranteed millions even if you/I end up sucking at your job. I know this must be hard on you. I hope my offer helps.

  31. Matt Flynn was the quarterback in Seattle that was etched in stone as the starter when Russell Wilson was drafted. He ended up winning the job outright and started as QB. It would be interesting if Wentz went in and outright won the starting job whether Badford shows up at camp or not.

  32. regarding blowfish’s post @ 3:26
    the Eagles would be in a rebuilding mode only if bradford doesn’t show up .

  33. Bradford is a moron. He has never done anything in the NFL and the Eagles are paying him a lot of money. He should shut up and get his frail butt to practice.

    Personally, I hope the Eagles ship his butt off to the Browns. It would serve him right to play for that inept organization.

  34. Regarding the above comments:

    Chris Chandler 2.0 is offensive to Chandler, as he reached and started a Super Bowl.

    Regarding the Fitzpatrick comment-I didn’t realize it was this bad, but her go the stats since Bradford entered the league
    Fitzpatrick-133td, 89 int, 35-47 w/l, 82 starts
    Bradford-78td, 52 int, 25-37-1 w/l, 63 starts

    Bradford has never come off the bench.

  35. What a chump, that Bradford.

    I used to actually have some respect for him for coming back from those knee injuries.

  36. His and the agents approach to this is, in my opinion, simply insane. If Sam Bradford was worth the money the Eagles (or the Rams in his former contract) gave him, then he would say to Wentz, OK kid here is how it is done. He would go out and lead the Eagles to an NFC East championship, win his first (for his career) playoff game and shut everyone up. If he achieved that then the Eagles would be left in a situation where they either had to take a step back in 2016 or leave Wentz on the bench. The truth is that Sam wants the big dollars, but had absolutely zero confidence in his ability to lead or win.

    Besides if he really just wanted to be a free agent, quietly go to the Eagles and offer to pay back his signing bonus in exchange for being released from his contract. But both Sam and his agent know that he will never get the money the Eagles gave him on the open market.

    It is easy to take the $11M signing bonus and then say, well with the next team I am willing to take less money . . . because he pocketed the $11M. This guy is proven to the entire league and all 32 fan bases that he is nothing but a wuss.

  37. Kinda wish he’d just retire already. It’s pretty clear he doesn’t have a burning desire to play, and unless he’d just been a complete fool with his money he has enough in the bank for several lifetimes.

  38. theaxmancometh says:
    May 1, 2016 5:01 PM
    Who’s trading for Bradford?! Nobody
    Dallas- Romo (big contract, drafted a QB)
    New York- Manning (future HoF, several years left)___________________________________________________________________________

    Good breakdown, but you probably need to re-think the Eli Manning as a Hall of Famer, he just isn’t. A QB who averages less than 240 yards per game and has thrown 2/3 the interceptions compared to TD’s in this era is not a HOF QB

  39. doggeatdogg says:
    May 1, 2016 3:58 PM

    This is what happens when you cuddle a QB since before high school.
    _________________________

    I think the word you’re looking for there is “coddle.”

  40. blowfishes says:
    May 1, 2016 3:26 PM
    Thing is, Bradford wants the Eagles in the position where they’re paying near $30m for two backups. There’s little chance they go into the season like that so will probably trade or release him.

    We don’t know what promises were made when Bradford signed his contract, but it isn’t that his eventual replacement was drafted, more the fact that the Eagles gave up so many draft choices that could have helped the team succeed now. Rarely does a veteran want to be the franchise QB on a team in total rebuild mode.

    Still, Bradford should keep his thoughts and frustrations internal rather than have his agent sounding off to the media.

    ——————————-

    They are on the hook for $22 mill guaranteed whether he’s on the roster or not. Why would the Eagles release him and eat $22 million?

    It would’ve been better if they hadn’t given him all that guaranteed money on a 2 year contract but it is what it is.

    Short of a catastrophic QB injury in camp for some team he’s an Eagle this year. Whiny attitude and all. I’m sure it wouldn’t both him to collect $22 mill on the bench and then get released ($18 this year + 4 next year guaranteed) but the Eagles should be furious.

    I wish people would stop giving Bradford the benefit of the doubt. Chip offered him a franchise QB contract last year and it was rejected because Bradford wanted to be the highest paid QB in the league. This year he signed a 2 year bridge deal after he received a cold reception in the free agent market.

    The Eagles said all offseason they wanted to draft a franchise QB and Bradford signed a bridge deal. The plan makes perfect sense to me.

  41. I’m not sure Sam Bradford is doing himself any favors by acting like a spoiled brat. The last I checked he signed a hefty contract. If I were the Eagles I’d put out there that we’d be willing to let him go if he is willing to annul his contract and return the signing bonus he’s already collected. Then Sam may quickly realize nobody is going to pay him as much as he’s getting from the Eagles–especially after he’s thrown his childish little fit. What a joke.

    Who does he think he is that he should be guaranteed to be the starter and if he isn’t he’s going to pout. Sounds like he needs to grow up. Unbelievable.

  42. eagleswin says:
    May 1, 2016 8:10 PM

    They are on the hook for $22 mill guaranteed whether he’s on the roster or not. Why would the Eagles release him and eat $22 million?

    It would’ve been better if they hadn’t given him all that guaranteed money on a 2 year contract but it is what it is.

    Short of a catastrophic QB injury in camp for some team he’s an Eagle this year. Whiny attitude and all. I’m sure it wouldn’t both him to collect $22 mill on the bench and then get released ($18 this year + 4 next year guaranteed) but the Eagles should be furious.

    I wish people would stop giving Bradford the benefit of the doubt. Chip offered him a franchise QB contract last year and it was rejected because Bradford wanted to be the highest paid QB in the league. This year he signed a 2 year bridge deal after he received a cold reception in the free agent market.

    The Eagles said all offseason they wanted to draft a franchise QB and Bradford signed a bridge deal. The plan makes perfect sense to me. ________________________________________________________________________________

    They would actually save $7 million this year and $6 million next year against the cap by releasing him – yes, $22 million is guaranteed, but there is an additional $13 million they could re-coup. They have way too much money invested in the QB position between Daniel, Lynch and Bradford.

  43. Bradford and the Eagles all know that staying away will be the worst thing for the Eagles, Wentz, and Bradford.

    The only one who would benefit from Bradford’s absence is Chase Daniels who might be able to use Bradford’s hissy fit to develop his skills to the next level and become a he regular season starter for a he Eagles.

  44. Everyone has the right to bash Sam, but I hope that everyone realizes, the team has far more to lose than Bradford in this.

    They WANT Bradford to play badly. If he plays halfway decent, they can recoup some of the picks they lost for Wentz.

    Here is what Sam is going to say to his next employer: “they lied to me and I couldn’t trust them.”

    But wait, wait wait. . . let us say Sam doesn’t have a next employer. He gets a nice 18 million dollar gift from the Eagles.

    But the Eagles, if Sam doesn’t play or doesn’t play well? Their grand plan falls apart. They don’t get any draft pick to compensate for the ones they traded away. They pay their backup QB 18 million dollars to sit on the bench (or get cut if he is a huge distraction)

    Sam might be acting like a jerk. . . but the Eagles are holding the bag here. They should have been VERY clear to Sam of what their intentions were to make sure he was on board with the plan. That miscommunication is going to hurt them far, far more than it will ever hurt the guy taking their money.

  45. brassknuckles47 says:
    May 1, 2016 3:15 PM
    Are you taking your football and going home, Sammy?

    ——————————–

    He may need to be talked out of retirement, again.

  46. He should take a look in the mirror and realize that the only reason that both the Rams and Eagles traded up to take QBs is because he has been a failure as an NFL starting QB.

  47. Looking past this season at some point (and maybe that point has already happened) he’s going to make other teams think about whether they want him around. Nobody is going to declare Sam Bradford their forever starter and having him meltdown at the thought of competing for the job is drama teams simply don’t want.

  48. If Bradford’s ego is so fragile that he couldn’t accept the Eagles’ opinion they needed to draft his replacement, what is the poor boy going to do when 67,000 fans voice their opinion of him?

  49. So little Sammy took his ball and went home. Maybe his football career is over.

  50. Poor Sammie now knows NO TEAM other than the Eagles will pay him what the Eagles are. Is he waiting by the phone for a better offer or for the Eagles to trade Wentz? The reason Sammie is pouting and refusing to take calls from the Eagles is because he is thinking about quitting football… period. He gave real thought about quitting when he was with the Rams. The guy has a lots of money saved. How much do you need to live in Oillyhoma anyway? Sam will wait until he gets fined to tell the Eagles he is DONE.

  51. God I wish we never traded for this idiot. Foles wasn’t a great QB but he was a team first guy and I can’t see him pulling this same crybaby stunt.

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