Wake-Up Call: Condon Explains Bradford Holdout

Sam Bradford. (USA Today Sports)

Sam Bradford. (USA Today Sports)

Despite reports about Sam Bradford’s frustration over the Eagles’ trade for the No. 2 pick in the draft, Adam Schefter’s story about the quarterback demanding a trade yesterday and skipping the offseason program came as somewhat of a surprise.

Bradford’s agent, Tom Condon, spoke to SiriusXM NFL Radio last night about Bradford’s unhappiness. Condon emphasized that the Eagles starting quarterback wants to go somewhere he feels he can win the job long-term if he plays well.

“None of this is personal, it’s just business. And so from our perspective it is that Sam wants the opportunity to try to go some place and not only be the starter, but be the starter there long-term,” Condon said. “There’s a couple of things that go along with this. If you’re on a two-year contract and the second pick in the draft is behind you, then you better really play well because you’re going to hear it from the fans if you don’t. You better play well or your teammates are going to be looking at you sideways and wondering about when the next guy is going to step in. Read more »

Draft Daily: Leonte Carroo, the Rutgers Receiver

Leonte Carroo. (USA Today Sports)

Leonte Carroo. (USA Today Sports)

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. We’ve already covered more than a dozen players, including Carson Wentz, Kenneth Dixon, Kolby Listenbee, Braxton Miller and Pharoh Cooper. If you have a player you think should be covered, shoot us an email (jpaunil@phillymag.com).

THE BACK STORY

Leonte Carroo has good hands, that much we know. It’s also clear he has great ball skills and can generate big plays. But what is in question, which is something that could play a big role in where he’s drafted, is if he’ll cause problems off of the field in the NFL.

Last September, Carroo was charged with assaulting a woman, who alleged that he picked her up and slammed her against a concrete surface. Soon thereafter, former Rutgers coach Kyle Flood indefinitely suspended Carroo. Read more »

Report: Bradford Demands Trade, Will Skip Workouts

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

After conflicting reports over Sam Bradford’s desire to request a trade, Adam Schefter tweeted this morning that the Eagles starting quarterback not only wants out of Philadelphia, but he’ll skip the off-season program as well.

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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 »

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