The Philadelphia Eagles made an interesting move during this NFL offseason to acquire veteran quarterback Sam Bradford from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for Nick Foles. The move left a lot of people scratching their heads, especially Eagles fans.
Despite the questionable move, the Eagles are sticking by their decision to bring in a new quarterback. Bradford will also be out to prove himself in Philadelphia by not signing a contract extension and playing out the last year of his deal, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport on July 20:
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network’s NFL Total Access on Monday that Bradford plans to play out the final year of his contract, according to a source informed of his thinking. Bradford is essentially betting on himself by not signing an extension now. If he stays healthy and plays well, he could maximize dollars later.
Bradford is taking a risky gamble by choosing not to sign a contract extension with the Eagles if a deal is actually on the table in Philadelphia. The former Heisman trophy winner has struggled to stay healthy ever since making the jump to the NFL from Oklahoma back in 2010.
The 27-year-old played in a total of 49 games for the Rams in five seasons before being traded to the Eagles. Bradford only played a full 16 games in a season twice in those five years. The former number one overall pick missed all of last season after suffering another torn ACL in his left knee.
There’s no guarantee Bradford will ever be the same on the football field after tearing his ACL for the second time. Along with the doubts surrounding his future, Bradford isn’t guaranteed a starting role in Philadelphia. Bradford will have to compete with the likes of the recently re-signed Mark Sanchez as well as backups Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow.