Bradford waves the white flag, rescinds trade demand

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Sam Bradford has surrendered in his battle with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bradford’s agent, Tom Condon, told Sal Paolantonio of ESPN that Bradford has rescinded trade demand, will show up to offseason workouts, and is committed to fulfilling his contract with the Eagles.

That was just about the only option available to Bradford if he wanted to keep playing in the NFL. Bradford just accepted a contract with an $11 million signing bonus two months ago, and unless he was willing to give back the money and retire, he was stuck with that contract. Bradford may not like the fact that the team he signed with just drafted Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick, but that’s life.

Paolantonio said this morning on Mike & Mike that when Bradford first made his trade demand, Bradford’s camp thought the Eagles would trade him to the Broncos. But when that deal didn’t get done, Bradford was out of options.

Bradford is expected to release a statement later today.

68 responses to “Bradford waves the white flag, rescinds trade demand

  1. 1. Publicly Calling out your employer puts you in a tough position. You better have the goods – otherwise it is going to come back and haunt you.

    2. Remind me again what Bradford has accomplished in his NFL Career? He’s probably not a top 20 QB.

    3. Calling them out like this makes it look like you are afraid of competition – which doesn’t help any trade value you may have previously had.

    He should be grateful that the Eagles made him that contract offer before they decided to trade up in the draft. He is overpaid now, and should be looking at this $11 million bonus as funding his retirement.

  2. finally caved. maybe everyone raggin on him finally woke him up. if you are afraid to battle a rookie, when the team has even said THERE IS NO BATTLE, you look weak and foolish.

    especially when only signing a TWO YEAR DEAL.

  3. What an ungrateful player. If someone gave me all that money I’d probably sleep on the 50 yard line at night so I could wake up on the field in the morning.

  4. “After much thought, I realized the best way to get back at the Philadelphia Eagles was to play for them.” – Sam Bradford, while holding shoulder in pain

  5. I’m too lazy to look it up but has there ever been a QB in the history of the NFL that has received more money (over multiple contracts) for such little production?

    And then he complains about it?

  6. I predict that Mr. Bradford does not fare well in the following 200 comments…

  7. Crying like a little baby just because the team drafted a QB will cause any respect you had with your teammates to dwindle. They signed him for only two years anyway which means his long-term future with this team was in question. I hope Wentz is the starter in week 1.

  8. No one would like their employer hiring a new, young, and cheaper replacement; and then have their employer expect the new guy to ‘learn the ropes’ while you work hard.

    Of course, most people have no leverage against that, and don’t get paid millions of dollars to do it.

    I get why he’s unhappy about it. And I’m sure he wants to win now, not set up the team to win in a few years. But, going public in the fashion he did was a mistake.

  9. The good news for the Eagles is that Bradford needs to play well this year or be relegated to career backup so he should be motivated.

  10. He has certainly made the Eagles look bad for paying a mediocre QB that much money.

    Asking for a trade before the ink is even dry on a contract that overpays you is just being a whiny little rat.

  11. Nice tantrum Bradford. As if your reputation couldn’t get any lower. In any case the NFL is a very forgiving league if you go out and ball out…which admittedly would be a first for you…so you can still redeem yourself.

  12. Wentz better keep his guard up. His inaugural cheese steak will probably have a mouse trap in it.

  13. Too late. Damage is done. He’ll have to play like a hall of famer every single down or the Philly fans will eat him alive. He’ll be holding the clipboard by midseason.

  14. Seriously, what other team would want him after all this. He was already overpaid his entire career. Then he whines because they drafted someone who they hope will be their franchise QB (the Rams thought so too when they drafted Sulky Sam) and tried to force a trade only to find out nobody wanted him. Sam should be grateful he got any deal this year since he’ll only play a handful of games before he’s out for the year again. It’s not like he has lit the NFL on fire when he’s healthy either. I just checked. His highest QB rating was in 2013 when it was 90.9, probably because he only played 7 games. He has thrown for 78 TD and 52 INTs. I believe those numbers are usually what you’ll see in a backup who is called “servicable.” Not exactly what you would expect to see in a start. Sam should just be happy he’s employed. I bet when this contract runs out, he won’t get another one.

  15. whatjusthapped says:
    May 9, 2016 9:26 AM
    I’m too lazy to look it up but has there ever been a QB in the history of the NFL that has received more money (over multiple contracts) for such little production?

    And then he complains about it?
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    Matt Flynn.
    $14.5 million with Packers, $8 million with Seahawks, $6.5 million with Raiders, another $2 million spread out over 3 teams. It’s not as much money as Bradford got, but it is for much, much less production.

  16. If he thought the fans in Philly were tough, wait until this year.

  17. No one seems to consider that perhaps, just perhaps, the Eagles front office lied to Bradford’s face. He possibly have brokered a longer term deal with the Broncos or Jets if not for resigning with the Eagles.

  18. And also… the Broncos also drafted their QB of the Future in Paxton Lynch. So Lynch in Denver, Wentz in Philly, looks like Sam has run out of young QB’s to run from. Time to step up and win some games if you want that next Big Pay Day in a year or two.

  19. Good to see the tantrum is over….and the Eagles didn’t have to send him to bed without dinner to get it…..

  20. I’ll say this…..Bradford was wrong for whinning and all but in all fairness he wasnt all that bad last season.Poor kid didnt have much blocking at all….So if Wentz is the QB you wont see much improvement in the QB position

  21. I think Philly fans will be throwing pacifiers at Sam Bradford instead of snowballs.. Philadelphia fans hate overpaid cry babies.. Retire Bradford.. I think the Eagles should donate $50 dollars to everyone that turns in a Sam Bradford jersey to the Children’s hospital of Pennsylvania.. Those kids have more heart then he ever will..

  22. Probably much easier to return with his tail between his legs given the fact that he had $11M in his front pocket.

  23. torn on this one.. i dont like the bashing people generally give players when they hold out or demand trades, once a contract is signed it the only move the players really have, But.. im not sure where Bradford thinks he is wanted, and wanted for the stupid contract that the eagles gave him. is only move is to bet on himself and show he worth something in the next season or two before he gets the bump

  24. Oh no, Bradford is in bad shape.
    With the guarantee, he’ll have earned $100 million during his career. And more if he actually plays well and doesn’t get cut after the season and gets signed again.

    Imagine that, try hard and instead of making $100MM, you can make a lot more.

    I feel a lot of sympathy for poor ol’ Sam. Boo hoo, I’m crying , and lot’s of tears are flowing.

  25. Woopdeedo. If I were the Eagles, I’d bench him. He is nothing special anyway and the reason he was going to stay home and pout is because he knows he’s just keeping the position until Wentz is ready and then he’ll be gone.

  26. dietrich43 says:
    May 9, 2016 9:35 AM
    No one would like their employer hiring a new, young, and cheaper replacement; and then have their employer expect the new guy to ‘learn the ropes’ while you work hard.

    Of course, most people have no leverage against that, and don’t get paid millions of dollars to do it.

    I get why he’s unhappy about it. And I’m sure he wants to win now, not set up the team to win in a few years. But, going public in the fashion he did was a mistake.

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    Bradford came off as a whiny baby. This is the NFL. Younger guys are brought in all the time to take the jobs of older players. Bradford is being paid a lot of money to play for the Eagles and he should have been mature enough to just shut up and play the position and show that he is not going to allow anyone to take his job, just as hundreds of players all around the league are doing.
    Defending Bradford for his public crying is ridiculous. Besides, what makes him think he’s so good that he could pout like this? What has he ever done to make anyone think he’s that good?

  27. Rich ungrateful punk…As are the Eagles…see you wimps at century link nov 20th and bring your crybaby qb with you.

  28. He can’t even commit to his own trade demand. This guy has no heart. It’s going to be a very desperate teams that signs him next.

  29. Wise move to honor the contract, where else is he going to get that money. He didn’t have to resign with the eagles.

  30. “Bradford waves the white flag, rescinds trade demand”
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    Even the French are laughing at Bradford.

  31. He’s finally ready to sore with the Eagles!
    He’s finally ready to soar with the Eagles!
    Make up your mind, will ya!

  32. “phootballphorever says: May 9, 2016 9:25 AM What an ungrateful player. If someone gave me all that money I’d probably sleep on the 50 yard line at night so I could wake up on the field in the morning.”

    Agreed. I would also launder the dirty jocks and mow the football field.

  33. Bradford never would have signed with the Eagles if they told him they were bringing in Wentz. He’s had some touch lick during his career. He’s better than most of you realize. I don’t blame him at all.

  34. cardinalsfan20 says:
    May 9, 2016 10:13 AM

    No one seems to consider that perhaps, just perhaps, the Eagles front office lied to Bradford’s face. He possibly have brokered a longer term deal with the Broncos or Jets if not for resigning with the Eagles.

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    Ummm, he had that option prior to signing with the Eagles. How does that conversation go, anyway? “Hey, I have a $64 million 4 year deal on the table with the Jets, but you know what, screw it. The TWO years I’m getting from the Eagles shows they’re committed that I’m the man!”

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