Josina Anderson of ESPN spoke to coaches at West Virginia’s Pro Day who said that they aren’t convinced that Sam Bradford will end up being the team’s starting quarterback, and don’t see him as a system fit in Philadelphia.
Instead, the coaches told Anderson that they could see Bradford being trade bait for the Eagles to trade up to No. 2 overall.
The Eagles wound up sending a Nick Foles and a 4th-round pick (2015) and a 2nd-round pick (2016) to the Rams for Bradford and 5th-round pick (2015). Philly also gets a conditional 2016 pick from the Rams that will be based on Bradford’s playing time.
Some have questioned what the Eagles gave up — particularly the second-round pick — to get a quarterback who’s in the final year of his contract and is coming off of two major knee injuries.
However, HC Chip Kelly tried his best to put the speculation that they could trade up for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota to rest after the Bradford trade was announced last week.
“Let’s dispel that right now,” said Kelly, via USA Today. “…I think that stuff’s crazy. You guys have been going with that stuff all along. I think Marcus is the best quarterback in the draft. We will never mortgage our future to go all the way up to get somebody like that because we have too many holes that we’re going to take care of.”
Interestingly enough, Kelly said he “was offered a first-round pick for [Bradford] this morning from another team,” and added that there were other teams were interested in trading for Bradford.
Even Rams HC Jeff Fisher mentioned that they were offered a low first-round pick for Bradford in recent months.
The question is, of course, what the Titans think of Bradford and whether they would be willing to trade out of No. 2 overall. The Titans would have to being to sign Bradford to an extension at some point in order to justify making a move down the board that far. You don’t trade the No. 2 overall pick for a stop-gap quarterback who will eventually reach the open market.
Either way, it’s an interesting nugget to come across on a slow Sunday morning.