“We’ve all been clear that we like Sam, and we’d like to have him back. It goes then between all of us and whether we can figure something out that makes sense on both sides,” said Roseman, via PhillyMag.com. “Sometimes we get into a situation where we sit here and it will make sense from the team’s perspective but when you’re talking about a negotiation, it’s also got to work for the other side and the player, and we understand that. But hopefully this will all work out and we’ll look at that depth chart when we line up here in July and be really excited about the position.”
Roseman said previously that they have time to figure out what they’re going to do at quarterback, and plan to consider all of their available options.
It’s worth mentioning that Roseman didn’t rule out the possibility of pursuing current Rams QB Nick Foles should he be available. However, Roseman didn’t address Foles by name, considering that this would’ve been tampering.
On Thursday, Matt Lombardo of NJ.com reported that a “more realistic” salary for Bradford is between $16-$18 million per year.
The franchise tag would run a team close to $20 million, so assuming these figures are accurate, Bradford could be looking at a salary just a few million off.
Recent reports have said that the Eagles are not expected to use their franchise tag Bradford, which means he’ll likely test the open market in the coming weeks.
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.