May 8, 2016
Philadelphia Eagles Rumors: Sam Bradford Expected To Return To The Eagles In The Next Few Weeks

Ever since the Philadelphia Eagles drafted former North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, rumors have been heating up regarding Sam Bradford and his future with the team. While the Eagles' front office has stated numerous times that Bradford is still the team's starter, he is apparently upset with the Wentz selection. Rumors have recently come out stating that Bradford could retire, but the latest report believes that he will return to the team and be the Eagles' starting quarterback to start the 2016 season.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Bradford has recently been involved in trade rumors that connected him to the Denver Broncos and New York Jets. While the Broncos and Jets both drafted quarterbacks in April's draft, neither of them are ready to start this season. Since both teams are expected to compete for the playoffs, they really need to address their quarterback situations. Regardless, it appears as though neither of them will be trading for Bradford. While Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has stated numerous times that Bradford is not on the market, the team apparently still fielded calls. As Fox Sports reports, the asking price is much higher than any of the teams are willing to pay.

Since it is unlikely that Bradford will be traded, his only options are to retire or play for the Eagles. As ProFootballTalk reports, Bradford is expected to be back with the team sometime in the next few weeks. Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson recently spoke to 97.5 The Fanatic and confidently stated that he thinks Bradford will be the Eagles' starting quarterback this season.
"This week or probably next week. I haven't really talked to him, but word on the street from guys that have is that he'll be back pretty quick and be ready for OTAs."
Bradford really has no leverage at this point. While the Eagles were not up front with Bradford regarding their plans to draft a quarterback, he signed a short-term deal. The deal is technically for two years, but the Eagles can get out of it after only one year. Bradford's best option is to show up as soon as possible and begin the year as the team's starting quarterback. Since he has to learn a new system, he is going to need as many reps as possible in order to be at his best.
If Bradford changes his mind and decides not to report to the team, there is still a chance that he could retire. While he is only 28-years-old, Bradford has made millions of dollars to be a mediocre NFL quarterback. Regardless, he is still a competitor, and he truly believes that the second half of his career can be better than the first.

As reported by Philly Influencer, Rueben Frank of CSN Philly recently stated that he thinks Bradford will retire.

"I think he's gonna retire, honestly. The guy's made what, what did we say, $95-$100 million…You know, whatever. Easy come, easy go. I think he's gonna retire. I think he's had enough. I don't think he wants to be here. Honestly, I don't think anybody else wants him. Maybe you get a 3 or 4, but I doubt it. I think it's done. I think it's over with. I think Chase Daniel starts your season, plays five or six games, whatever Doug Pederson played, I think it's seven. And then Carson Wentz comes in and he's your quarterback for the next 10 years."
While Frank works closely with the Eagles, he was still only speculating regarding Bradford's future. Money aside, Bradford still may want to continue his career in the NFL. While his first season with the Eagles did not go as planned, he did show improvement towards the end of the season. In addition to poor offensive line play and his receivers dropping numerous passes, Bradford actually showed promise. While it is unlikely that he can win the job over the long term, he can use this season to audition for other teams for the 2017 season.

With Sam Bradford still not reporting for offseason workouts, rumors will continue to speculate about his future with the Philadelphia Eagles. While retirement is one option, it is much more likely that he returns to the team sometime in the next few weeks.

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