Report: Bradford To Play Out Final Year Of Deal
Sam Bradford plans to play out the final year of his contract rather than sign a new deal with the Eagles this season, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
This shouldn’t come as any great surprise. Bradford has little incentive to sign a long-term deal with the Eagles now, as Joel Corry laid out for us a couple months back.
“You can’t really do anything with his deal because Bradford is not going to sign an extension right now. Any extension you offered him wouldn’t be worth his while most likely because he is in a buy-low position right now. Coming off two injury-plagued years, what type of deal could he get?”
Chip Kelly acknowledged that the Eagles have spoken with Bradford about his contract, and reports have indicated that the team is interested in locking him into a new deal. But those talks apparently haven’t progressed much.
The former No. 1 overall pick is in the final year of his rookie contract. Inked before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement reined in the value of rookie deals, Bradford has already banked $65 million in five NFL seasons and is due just a shade under $13 million in 2015.
While there is some risk in turning down the guaranteed money that a new contract would offer (especially for a player with the injury history of Bradford), the QB has made enough money to where he can take that gamble without breaking much of a sweat.
“It will be a no-brainer for him to turn [an offer] down. He’ll bet on himself,” predicted Corry. “If he can perform like [Mark] Sanchez did for the most part or Nick Foles in the system, staying healthy, he sets himself up to reap a huge contract next year from the Eagles or somebody else.”