Sources tell Robinson that the Eagles plan to move forward with Bradford being their franchise quarterback, even though he’s upset that the team traded up to No. 2 overall for a quarterback.
According to Robinson, the Eagles are prepared to redshirt a rookie quarterback this year, and that player is widely expected to be North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz.
Should Bradford put together a strong 2016 season, Robinson says that it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Eagles could keep Bradford for the second year of his two-year agreement.
Robinson’s source added that the Eagles plan to balance Wentz’s development with competing right now, which is why they’re willing to keep Bradford.
Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter last week that Bradford is not happy with the Eagles’ decision to move up in the draft for a quarterback.
“He’s hot,” one source tells Schefter. “Who wouldn’t be? This is Philly saying, ‘We don’t see (you) as long-term answer.’ He’s mad and wants to show everyone who’s best.’’
Eagles GM Howie Roseman confirmed that Bradford will be their starting quarterback this season and added that they have no plans to make him available for trade, even though they will be taking a quarterback at No. 2 overall.
Many were wondering if the Eagles could make Bradford available for trade, seeing as the Broncos and Jets are both in the market for starting quarterbacks. However, there are obvious obstacles to trading Bradford at this point.
Joel Corry points out that trading Bradford before June 2 would leave them with an $11 million 2016 salary cap charge because of his signing bonus. If they wanted until after June 1, these figures would improve to $5.5 million (2016) and $5.5 million (2017) in the dead money.
Albert Breer added that the second year of Bradford’s contract looks smart now, as it puts the Eagles in position to trade him after the 2016 season if their young quarterback is ready to take over.
Bradford, 28, signed a two-year, $36 million contract that included $26 million guaranteed with the Eagles over a month ago. He stands to make base salaries of $7 million and $13 million over the next two years.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading would free up just $1.5 million in available cap space while creating a staggering $11 million in dead money.
In 2015, Bradford appeared in 14 games for the Eagles and threw for 3,725 yards while completing 65 percent of his passes to go along with 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
We’ll have more regarding Bradford’s future with the Eagles as the news is available.