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Eagles Unlikely To Franchise Sam Bradford

Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the Eagles are not expected to use their franchise tag on QB Sam Bradford.

Bowen doesn’t rule out the possibility that the Eagles could re-sign Bradford at some point this offseason, but they’re not going to commit the $20 million it run them to use the franchise tag.

According to Bowen, the team won’t use the transition tag on Bradford either.

Should Bradford move on during free agency, Bowen could see the Eagles have interest in free agents quarterbacks such as Brock Osweiler, Chase Daniel and possibly Nick Foles if he’s cut by the Rams.

New Eagles HC Doug Pederson told reporters at the Senior Bowl a few weeks ago that Bradford would “love to be back” in Philadelphia next year.

Yeah he’d love to be back,” Pederson said, via NJ.com. “That’s a thing we have to continue to look at. I think he is a kid that would definitely fit the kind of offensive structure that I’ll bring.”

Bradford, 28, played out the final year of his six-year, $78 million contract that included $50 million guaranteed.

The free agent market for quarterbacks isn’t very deep with Bradford, Kirk Cousins, and Ryan Fitzpatrick being the most notable players, so it will be interesting to see where he ends up and the kind of contract he signs.

In 2015, Bradford threw for 3,725 yards while completing 66 percent of his passes to go along with 19 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 12 quarterback out of 37 qualifying players.

We have Bradford featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.