Eagles Wake-Up Call: Wentz To Deal With Bradford ‘Professionally’

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

The first day of the draft came and went, and Sam Bradford remains on the Eagles roster. What’s more, the team that reportedly inquired about him — the Broncos — moved up and selected Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch with the 26th overall pick, thereby closing the door on a potential landing spot more than likely.

Not that Howie Roseman planned on dealing his projected 2016 starter in the first place.

“No,” said Roseman, when asked if he would honor Bradford’s request to be traded. “Sam’s our quarterback. We’ve been clear about that from the first time we had this conversation. Whenever he comes back we’ll welcome him with open arms. This is the voluntary period of the offseason so players have the right to do what they want.”

Doug Pederson tried to put a positive spin on it, saying that it would give the other quarterbacks an opportunity to get more reps in the interim, but obviously this is far from ideal. For one, the new head coach is in the process of installing a brand new offense, and the chosen leader of said offense is no longer showing up for work. Bradford has not been in contact with either Roseman or Pederson since issuing a trade demand, they said.

So there are the potential effects this all could have on 2016, and then there’s the issue of how it could impact the hopeful quarterback of the future in Carson Wentz. Read more »

Eagles Select Carson Wentz With No. 2 Pick

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Not there was much doubt, but the Eagles did in fact nab North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The 6-5, 237-pound Wentz completed 64.1 percent of his throws over his four years with the Bison, tossing 45 touchdowns to 14 interceptions.  He also ran for over 1,000 yards with 13 scores. Wentz becomes the highest-drafted player ever from the FCS level.

The Bismarck, North Dakota native broke his right wrist and missed two months his senior season but returned to lead the Bison to their fifth straight FCS title, throwing 17 touchdowns to four interceptions along the way. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Business Side With Bradford

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Eleven million sunk, or eleven million saved? How the Eagles choose to view that quandary will go a long way in deciding the path forward when it comes to Sam Bradford.

There are several factors at play here. To gain some further clarity on the business side of things, we called on former agent and salary-cap expert Joel Corry.

“It’s a hard trade to make because no matter what the Eagles are responsible for $11 million to Sam Bradford. Granted, only $5.5 million of the signing bonus has already been paid — the other $5.5 is due on September 1 — but you’re not going to be relieved of the obligation of paying it in a trade [based on precedent],” he said.

“It’s really how they view the cash: we’re committed to 22 [million guaranteed] and it’s only 11 [that we’re left with]? Or, I don’t want to pay $11 million to this guy for nothing. It depends on their orientation. That will really determine how serious they are about trading him.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Johnson Welcomes ‘Better’ Offseason Approach

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Like Zach Ertz and Jordan Matthews, Lane Johnson said he also traveled to Oklahoma to spend time with Sam Bradford this offseason – though his visit was more of the rocking chair and lemonade variety.

“No, I did a lot of sitting,” he said when a reporter jokingly asked if he was out there running routes for the quarterback. “I had to rest this offseason. I was tired.”

Johnson skipped the MMA training during the break (though he may spend a month there later in the offseason, he said) and pulled back on the weight lifting so that the body could heal. The 25-year-old dealt with knee and ankle injuries (at a minimum) over the course of the season. With 44 starts and three NFL seasons now under his belt, he is feeling it more than he once did and taking his cues from other veteran linemen on how to properly recover in-between seasons.

“You’re not working out, lifting, you feel like you’re not up to any good. But I felt it was necessary to get the body back right,” said Johnson.

Particularly after three seasons working under Chip Kelly. Read more »

Report: Bradford Likely To Ask For Trade Out Of Philly

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Upset by the Eagles’ decision to move up in the draft for a quarterback, Sam Bradford is looking to cut ties with Philly according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report.

“I’ve talked to a source who said it’s likely that Bradford is going to ask for a trade at some point in time, or some way to get out of Philadelphia so that he can move on with his career somewhere else with a team that is going to be invested in him long-term. That’s the kind of solution that Bradford is looking at at this point in time.

“The question for Bradford is whether he’s willing to take some kind of pay cut to make that happen. He has $11 million he’s been paid already by the Philadelphia Eagles as part of the two-year deal that he signed before the start of free agency.”

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Risk Of Trading Up

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

It’s hard to ignore the symmetry in all of this.

Here’s first-year head coach Doug Pederson, sitting in the two-hole and poised to roll the bones on a potential franchise quarterback, just like his mentor Andy Reid some 17 years ago. We know Jeffrey Lurie is leaning on the past for guidance following several wrong turns, but this is getting downright eerie.

There is reason enough to follow the blue print. Thanks in large part to the quality of play that Donovan McNabb brought to the quarterback position, the Eagles enjoyed eight winning seasons, five NFC championship appearances and a Super Bowl trip during the 11 seasons that Reid and McNabb were paired together.  As that big piece of Eagles history shows, if you get the quarterback part right, you have a real chance at achieving sustained success.

But that ’99 draft was as much cautionary tale as it was promotional video for going QB early. Read more »

Eagles Trade For No. 2 Overall Pick

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

The Eagles are going after their franchise quarterback.

The team announced Wednesday that they have acquired the No. 2 overall pick from the Cleveland Browns. In return, they will surrender their first (No. 8 overall), one of their thirds (No. 77 overall) and a fourth (No. 100 overall) to Cleveland this season along with a first in 2017 and a second-round pick in ’18.

The Eagles will get a 2017 fourth-round pick as part of the deal as well.

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