Last week the Eagles got stability in their quarterback position, and Sam Bradford got a franchise tag contract without really getting a franchise tag contract.
Here’s the way his contract breaks down:
Bradford got a two-year contract that can make him a maximum (with incentives, roster bonuses and such) of $35 million. He got an $11 million signing bonus, but his salary cap this year for the Eagles is a manageable $12.5 million. In reality, Bradford will make $18 million this season in salary and the Eagles can buy him out of the second year of the contract for $4 million. Essentially, they have guaranteed him $22 million and he may only play for them for one season. Read more »
According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice, the Eagles interviewed NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah for their head of player perosnnel job.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) March 1, 2016
According to Kempski, a spokesperson for the Eagles “confirmed that the interview took place, but said that the Eagles did not make a formal offer.” Read more »
Here’s a collection of the best Eagles-related material to keep you satiated on this football-less Sunday. Read more »
During a nearly two-hour NFL Draft conference call Tuesday afternoon, much of which was spent discussing quarterbacks, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said he believes finding a quarterback should be the Eagles’ No. 1 priority heading into the draft.
“If I’m the Eagles, my priority list is quarterback at No. 1,” Mayock said. “I don’t know what they’re going to do with Sam Bradford, but they’d better figure it out.”
Mayock then spent a good chunk of time talking about the Eagles’ potential interest in Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.
“If they think there’s a franchise quarterback at No. 13, they’d better take him,” he said. “My belief is that [Jared] Goff and [Carson] Wentz will be gone. The question is, is Paxton Lynch there? And if Paxton Lynch is there at No. 13, if they believe he’s the guy, they’d better take him. Read more »
With the combine just around the bend, here are some elite links to check out this weekend.
Josh dropped the word “uninspiring” in the first sentence of his wide receiver position outlook last week, and for good reason. The Eagles’ wideouts were a comatose bunch in 2015; Jordan Matthews aside, no Eagles receiver hauled in more than 400 yards. It was the first time since 1991 that the Eagles had just one wide receiver with 400 yards.
But the corps is young, and believed to be talented. By jettisoning Riley Cooper and committing to the future, the Birds’ top three wide receivers heading into 2016 — Matthews, Josh Huff, and Nelson Agholor — have an average age of 23.
Will the Eagles feel the need to add another young face via the draft? Will they look to free agency for depth? Josh believes the latter. If they choose the former, here are some names to watch during the Combine as we prepare for the Draft.
What offseason? Here’s what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
Three things circulate inside my mind for this column. But where would any sports blog in Philadelphia be without first talking about the problems of the Philadelphia Eagles.
ITEM ONE. The Eagles have reportedly expressed interest in re-acquiring Nick Foles as their starting quarterback. This item is courtesy of ESPN’s insider Adam Schefter, who has been tweeting that the Birds are not that interested in putting a franchise tag on quarterback Sam Bradford and would rather try to go to war with Foles. To this I say, “Please God, no.” I don’t want to see Nick Foles anywhere near the Eagles practice facility much less as the starting quarterback next season. That ship sailed a long time ago. Foles wasn’t very good here, save for one fluke season, and was even worse with the St. Louis Rams, where he was benched in favor of Case Keenum. What in hell Doug Pederson sees in Foles is beyond me. But apparently the new Eagles coach likes him — which makes me question Pederson considerably. Read more »
This week we’ll continue to take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. In the first five installments, we covered the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, and offensive linemen. Now, it’s on to the safeties.
STATE OF THE ROSTER
Despite going into the offseason with perilous uncertainty at the second safety position, the Eagles’ safeties were one of the bright spots on an otherwise disappointing defense.