The Philadelphia Eagles are hoping for a smooth relationship between their two quarterbacks, but rumors indicate that Carson Wentz doesn’t intend to remain the backup for long.
The Eagles created a mess of a quarterback situation when they gave Sam Bradford a two-year, $36 million contract extension and then followed it up almost immediately by trading up in the draft to snag the North Dakota State quarterback. Bradford responded by demanding a trade.
The tensions have since eased, with Bradford rescinding his trade demand and re-joining the team. Bradford also released a statement saying he was committed to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I’m excited to be back on the field today with my teammates and coaches,” he said (via Fox Sports). “The business-side of football is sometimes a necessary consideration. My attention and efforts are focused on the participation in and preparation for a championship season: I am committed to my teammates and the Eagles organization for nothing less.”
Carson Wentz also said he doesn’t expect any tension with Bradford. Wentz had not spoken to Bradford yet, but said he was confident that all of the team’s quarterbacks would “compete and push each other,” which would only be a benefit to the team.
“Personally, I don’t think there will be a lot of tension. People might make it out to be but the coaches and everybody will be on the same page and I think it will be a really good working relationship for sure,” he said, (via NFL.com).
Wentz added that he expected “everybody in that quarterback room and in the entire organization is going to compete and push each other, so I think it will only benefit the team.”
But rumors indicate that Carson Wentz isn’t content to wait in a backup role behind Sam Bradford. As NJ.com noted, Bradford has a lot of good things to say about Bradford, but has put off all questions about whether he’ll be the team’s No. 2.
“All I care about is winning,” Wentz said when asked if he will be fine as a backup. “If the team is wining I’m going to do whatever I can to help the team, whether that is third-string, backup, the starter — it doesn’t matter. I’m going to do what I can to help the team and we’ll see how that plays out.”
This week, the Philadelphia Eagles took a step forward by signing their No. 2 overall pick. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that quarterback’s rookie deal is worth $26.67 million, including a signing bonus of $17.6 million. He has been moving forward with the team as well, joining the Eagles for a three-day voluntary camp early in the week and participating in a rookie camp on Friday.
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Wentz has looked impressive in his limited work so far, but Sam Bradford is still seen as the logical choice to start this season. In 14 games last year, he threw for 3,725 yards and 19 touchdowns, completing 65 percent of his passes.
Even if the rumors are true, the Philadelphia Eagles may not deviate from their plan to groom Carson Wentz behind Sam Bradford. A $36 million contract is a serious investment for a quarterback, and benching Bradford would slash whatever trade value he might have should the Eagles be ready to move to Wentz full-time next season. The Eagles have also likely seen the dangers of teams that have moved rookie quarterbacks into starting roles too soon, as those experiments have often resulted in stunted growth and sometimes even lost careers for quarterbacks thrown into the mix too quickly.
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