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 Open Thread: NFL Draft Edition

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

After months of speculation, we can put the mock drafts and conjecture — at least for the first round — to rest. The draft kicks off at 8 p.m. tonight on ESPN and NFL Network, and we’ll post random tidbits as they roll in into this thread. Read more »

Déjà Vu: Carson Wentz And the Community Bowl

Kameron Wingenbach (left) and Carson Wentz playing for Century High School in the MDU Resources Community Bowl. (Photo courtesy of Wingenbach)

Kameron Wingenbach (left) and Carson Wentz playing for Century High School in the MDU Resources Community Bowl. (Photo courtesy of Wingenbach)

BISMARCK, ND — The summer before his senior year at Century High School in Bismarck, North Dakota, Kameron Wingenbach occasionally woke up a bit frustrated. One of his best friends, who doubled as his quarterback on the varsity football team, called him way too often to get extra practice in.

“Sometimes he would have to beg people to come out,” Wingenbach now says.

After rolling out of bed, Wingenbach would come out of the garage and see Carson Wentz sitting in his driveway in his 2004 gold Nissan Frontier. They often drove to the MDU Resources Community Bowl, while Wentz would try to cajole three or four other guys into joining them. Read more »

Mock Draft Roundup: Later-Round Options

Roger Goodell and the 2014 NFL Draft Prospects (USA TODAY SPORTS)

Roger Goodell and the 2014 NFL Draft Prospects. (USA Today Sports)

The day has finally come. At 8 p.m. tonight the 2016 NFL Draft will get underway. We know already that the Eagles will take a quarterback with the second overall pick in the draft, and the expectation is that it will be Carson Wentz.

The Eagles have seven overall picks in the draft: 2nd overall (the quarterback), 79th, 153rd, 164th (from Pittsburgh), 188th, 233rd, and 251st (from Arizona). Let’s check in with the NFL experts from around the net to see who they have the Eagles taking. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Live From Bismarck

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports Images)

Carson Wentz. (USA Today Sports)

BISMARCK, ND — Even before the plane touches down in North Dakota, the differences between Bismarck and Philadelphia are crystal clear. You expect the open plains to give way to those familiar skyscrapers at some point, but they never do.

Once you land, you open up your Uber app to discover the ride-sharing service doesn’t operate in North Dakota’s capital. Then you look around for taxis, don’t see any and wonder: Where am I? It’s the small things you notice first.

While Carson Wentz will be in Chicago for the draft today (or “Carson Wentz Day” as the mayor declared it in Bismarck), T-Mac will hold things down for us at the NovaCare Complex. I’m in Wentz’s hometown to learn more about the place, people and philosophies that shaped the Eagles’ presumptive No. 2 overall pick. 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 »

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