Eagles to Trade for Sam Bradford

The NFL is rapidly becoming a trading league today as the Eagles intend to trade Nick Foles to the Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford. Bradford is a former number 1 overall draft pick, but has been consistently injured during most of his career. Foles was injured last season and has yet to start a full slate of games, though he was the catalyst for an Eagles playoff run in 2013.

The Eagles will take on the final remaining year of Bradford’s contract which is currently valued at $12.985 million. The Eagles could extend him or renegotiate that figure down to be more in line with his more recent production. Considering they just traded for him I would imagine a short term extension is more likely than a pay cut unless Bradford is just looking for a change of scenery and was willing to take a cut to make the deal happen.

The Rams will carry $3.595 million in cap charges for Bradford, but that will represent a savings of $12.985 million. Foles costs next to nothing this year, just $1.542 million. Foles is also in the final year of his contract and could be extended if the Rams view him as their long term solution. Extending Foles now, if they believe strongly in him, will result in a better contract for the Rams if he were to play out his deal and succeed.

The Eagles will now have two highly drafted, but largely considered “bust”, quarterbacks on their roster in Bradford Mark Sanchez. Both are considered somthing of reclamation projects and both have been considered poorly coached throughout much of their careers. Sanchez just signed a $4.5 million contract yesterday with the team with a few million in incentives tied to playing time. Given Bradford’s injury history he may have a better chance at earning them.

  • buk

    This is unbelievable! All the cap space Chip cleared with McCoy/Alonso trade he just gave away for QB making a ton of money coming off 2 ACL tears. I’m sorry, football is about talent, productivity and durability. Foles,McCoy,Maclin and Desean Jackson were incredibly productive players while on the field. Now they are all gone and taken on Alonso and Bradford who’ve had major injuries in the league and in college. And you never give up a young proven starter like Foles on a new rookie CBA deal for an oft injured Bradford making a ton on the old rookie deal. No wonder Gore got cold feet.

    • eYeDEF

      I really don’t think this deal makes any sense at all unless a renegotiation is in the works. He’s not going to commit 13 million bucks, even for just one year, to a QB who has never been able to stay on the field. I’m going to give Chip the benefit of the doubt and assume Bradford’s going to be renegotiated downward before dismissing him as an imbecile.

      • McGeorge

        What leverage do the Eagles have?
        Eagles> “Renegotiate or we’ll cut you”
        Bradford> “Go ahead, and eat the loss of those draft picks”
        Eagles “Uh, ok, we’ll pay you”

        Why would the eagles want to give Bradford a new contract? He hasn’t had a good year and has been injured 2 years in a row. It’s weird, unless it’s for a trade.
        Is Bradford that much better than Foles?

        • Dan Kunze

          I am with the rest of the crew here. There has to be more to this than we are seeing.

      • buk

        This is beyond renegotiation. Is Chip a doctor because since he’s not he can’t predict Bradford durability coming off major injuries in the past. Not to mention he actually gave up draft picks as well as taking on that salary plus the injury history. He can play God with WR and RBs but you don’t take these kinds of risks with QBs and survive if it doesn’t work out. The Rams had all kind of cap issues, why should the Eagles have to give up draft picks to absorb Bradford’s deal.
        I’m still stunned!!!

  • McGeorge

    Maybe Bradford is trade bait for the draft. The Eagles can offer him and draft picks for Mariota.
    The thing is – I would be hesitant to take Bradford over Foles. Bradford has had back to back ACL tears and when healthy hasn’t been especially good.

    I was hoping the Jets could trade Mariota to the Eagles, but I wouldn’t want Bradford.