Wisniewski: Quarterback Drama Has ‘Blown Over’
Stefen Wisniewski joined SiriusXM NFL radio yesterday to discuss the Eagles’ quarterback situation and how his teammates feel about Doug Pederson compared to Chip Kelly, and he said the tension Sam Bradford created by demanding a trade has since dissipated.
“I think it’s definitely blown over from the viewpoint of the other players — I think from the coaches as well,” the offensive lineman said. “(Bradford) seems to be the No. 1 quarterback. Now, is that set in stone? I don’t know for sure, but it certainly seems to be that way right now. And he’s looked good through OTAs and minicamps.”
The free-agent signing added that while he didn’t play under Kelly, his teammates are “very excited” about Pederson and the coaching change. He also raved about Carson Wentz.
“It’s definitely been a short time so far, but I’ve seen him make a lot of good throws,” Wisniewski said. “His athleticism is very impressive and just kind of the way he’s carried himself’s been good. He seems like he’s a smart kid. He’s grasping the offense well. He seems like a hard-working kid, so those are all good signs, what you want to see early on from a younger quarterback.”
Howie Roseman similarly praised Wentz, as well as Bradford and Chase Daniel, when he appeared on 94WIP’s Morning Show today. He also discussed Fletcher Cox’s contract extension, which Todd France said took 15 months to negotiate.
“It’s challenging, especially the longer that it goes on, the more contracts that come through. … When you talk to Jim [Schwartz] and he tells you about the kind of difference Fletch is going to make in this system, it doesn’t exactly lower the price tag in your mind. And that’s a good thing,” Roseman said, before explaining the logic for all of the Eagles’ contract extensions this offseason.
“We’re either going to pay them now, or we’re going to pay them a year from now, but the price tag just goes up. So maybe by doing it now, we can save some money going forward and add more players to our team.”
Roseman also reiterated the need for continuity, and how it’s “hard to envision any more drastic changes” because of the time of year and how tight they are against the salary cap. Toward the end of his appearance, he added that he’s uncertain if the Eagles’ have a team that’s good enough to make the playoffs.
“I don’t know,” Roseman said. “I think we have some talented pieces, but I can’t tell you that I sit here and evaluated — gone through the schedule and gone ‘We’re going to win this game, we’re going to lose this game.’ When you’re in the offseason, you’re in building mode. And right now, that’s what we’ve been in is building and trying to get some building blocks in place so we can have a team going forward that’s competing every year.”