How did Sam Bradford ever think he was going to be the long-term solution at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles going forward?
Let me preface what I’m about to write by saying that I have never been a Sam Bradford fan. I thought signing him was a huge mistake and was not impressed with how he played at any point in his career. Much like Kevin Kolb, he is a quarterback that has gotten paid a lot of money over his career and never had to go out and earn a dime of it.
So with all that being said, is Sam Bradford really this stupid, or is he trying to work the system to his advantage?
Bradford went into this offseason under a huge cloud of uncertainty. In his final few games of the 2015 season, he did start to show some signs of being the QB everyone seemed to think he could be, but then Chip Kelly was fired and Bradford’s future was up in the air.
After testing the waters to see if any other team was interested in his services (which they weren’t) Bradford signed a two-year, $35 million contract that included $22 million in guaranteed money and a signing bonus worth $11 million. He was named the starting QB by new head coach Doug Pederson and seemed content even as he knew the Eagles were going to try and land a quarterback in the draft and that if he was going to be the long-tern answer at the position, he was going to have to earn it.
Then the Eagles did the deal with the Cleveland Browns and moved up to get the No. 2 overall selection and used it to grab QB Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State.
Turns out once Bradford saw he was going to have to compete with a No. 2 overall selection instead of someone from the third or fifth round, he wasn’t so interested in “earning” the starting job anymore. His agent, Tom Condon, promptly announced that Bradford wanted to be traded and would not be participating in any Eagles voluntary preseason activities. It is still unclear if he will show up at the team’s first mandatory minicamp in early June.
Which brings me back to my original question: Is Sam Bradford really this stupid?
Did he really think he was going to be the team’s long-term solution at quarterback? On just a two-year deal? Everyone and their brother seemed to realize that if the Eagles had a chance to move up and grab Wentz or California’s Jared Goff, they were going to jump at it. Were Bradford and Condon really naïve enough to think that if the Eagles had a chance, they were going to pass because they had Bradford locked up for two whole years?
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So instead of sucking it up, going out there and showing the rest of the NFL what he can do while getting paid a ridiculous amount of money, Bradford instead decides to act like a bitch and stay home. God forbid he should actually have to earn any of the money he is getting paid.
But the best part was when Condon was recently asked on “The Business of Sports” podcast if his client would be willing to return any of the signing bonus if it meant getting what he wants from the Eagles and being traded.
“I think that I probably ought to hold off on any questions in regards to cash.”
Kind of says it all right there, doesn’t it?
Bradford has yet to actually have to earn any of the money he has made during his career, instead riding the coattails of his No. 1 overall selection in 2010 and what he might be able to do if he wasn’t hurt all the time.
Personally, I hope the Eagles keep him, bench him for the next two years and then unload him to some team with no hope of making the playoffs.
Sam Bradford. Yet another thing we can all thank Chip Kelly for.