Sources around the league and close to Bradford tell Cole that Bradford is not interested in accepting a “substandard deal” and would instead prefer play out the season and see what his market value would be next year.
The other issue is that Bradford doesn’t know where he’s going to be in the end or if the Eagles will keep him. Bradford reportedly believes there’s still a chance Philadelphia could move him in a trade.
In recent weeks, the idea that the Eagles could flip Bradford in an attempt to get up to No. 2 overall for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota has come up, so it’s hard to blame Bradford for wanting to see how things play out in the next week.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reported last weekend that there haven’t been any meaningful talks regarding a new contract between the Eagles and Bradford.
Florio attributed the speculation in league circles that Bradford could possibly be traded for the second time this offseason to the lack of contract talks between the two parties.
It’s worth mentioning that Eagles HC Chip Kelly has said previously that Bradford won’t be used as a bargaining chip, but it’s hard to take what’s being said by teams at face value this time of year.
Bradford, 27, has yet to live up to his draft status and is coming off of back-to-back ACL tears, so there are some serious concerns/question marks about him moving forward.
He has one year remaining on his six-year, $78 million contract that included $50 million guaranteed. Bradford stands to make a base salary of $12.985 million for the 2015 season to go along with a cap figure of $12.985 million.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Bradford would free up $12.985 million in cap space for the Eagles.
Bradford last appeared in an NFL game during the 2013 season. He finished the year throwing for 1,687 yards while completing 60.7 percent of his passes to go along with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions over the course of seven games.