According to Rapoport, the two-game audition could open the door for Sanchez to earn himself a full-time starting job.
Beyond that, Rapoport says that Bradford’s future in Philadelphia is “murky.”
“The future for Bradford in Philadelphia is murky,” Rapoport said. “First of all, in the short term, Mark Sanchez is expected to start again on Thursday, so he’s going to get at least a two-game audition potentially for the starting job.”
Rapoport points out that the extension Bradford elected not to sign with the Eagles during the offseason essentially removed any security blanket he has moving forward.
“It’s not like the Eagles can say ‘we’ve invested a ton of guaranteed money in Bradford, he’s for sure our starter,'” Rapoport said. “If Sanchez plays well enough to, say, win two games, it seems as if the team would continue to use him as the starter going forward. And then this offseason, with seven college quarterbacks rated in the first three rounds, the Eagles will once again be exploring the quarterback market.”
In relief of Bradford, Mark Sanchez completed 14-of-23 passes for 156 yards and an interception during their Week 10 loss to the Dolphins.
Bradford, 28, is in the final year of his six-year, $78 million contract that included $50 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $12.985 million for the 2015 season before becoming an unrestricted free agent next year.
Entering today’s game, Bradford has thrown for 2,297 yards while completing 63.9 percent of his passes to go along with 11 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 19 quarterback out of 35 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Bradford’s future with the Eagles as the news is available.