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Sam Bradford | Quarterback

Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/8/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 224
College: Oklahoma
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According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sam Bradford contemplated quitting football after his 2014 ACL tear.
Fellow former Oklahoma QB Josh Huepel reportedly had to talk Bradford out of it. This isn't exactly breaking news, as Bradford previously admitted to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he "didn't want to come back" following his latest injury. Still, the mere fact that Bradford contemplated retirement so recently sends up a red flag, particularly to teams interested in Bradford if the Eagles try to flip him in a draft-day trade up for Marcus Mariota. Since his college days, 27-year-old Bradford has undergone right shoulder surgery and two left ACL reconstructions. Mar 30 - 1:15 AM

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot believes the Browns are not done upgrading at quarterback, and expects the team to target either Oregon QB Marcus Mariota or current Eagles QB Sam Bradford.

It's no secret by now that the Browns previously tried to trade the No. 19 overall pick for Bradford, first to the Rams and (allegedly) later to the Eagles. Specifically, Cabot writes that she thinks the Browns "will try to trade up to draft Marcus Mariota, and I also think they could make another run at Sam Bradford." If the Eagles are willing to deal Bradford as rumored, they would presumably want both of Cleveland's first-round picks with eyes on getting to No. 2 overall, where Mariota is likely to be selected.
Mar 29 - 8:00 PM

Owner Jeffery Lurie said the Eagles evaluated Sam Bradford in 2010 as the "best young quarterback we'd seen...probably since Peyton Manning coming out of college."

Bradford was an absolute monster at Oklahoma, winning the Heisman trophy as a sophomore in 2008 and finishing his college career with an 88:16 TD-to-INT ratio. He was also strong for the Rams in 2010, taking home Rookie of the Year honors under Pat Shurmur -- now the Eagles offensive coordinator. Injuries have since sabotaged Bradford's career, allowing the Eagles to trade for a gamble on upside in their quest to find a franchise quarterback. If we believe Chip Kelly and Lurie, the plan is Bradford and not a pursuit of Marcus Mariota in the draft.
Mar 26 - 8:24 AM

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio confirms the Browns offered the Rams a first-round pick for Sam Bradford.

Paolantonio got the word directly from Rams GM Les Snead. Per Snead, the Bills were also interested. With multiple confirmations of the Browns offering the Rams a first-rounder, it stands to reason they were the mystery team that offered the Eagles a first-round pick just one day after they acquired Bradford. Although the Browns are unlikely to find an upgrade on Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel at this point, they'll certainly keep looking.
Mar 24 - 7:01 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan confirms the Browns offered a first-round pick for Sam Bradford.

Per Caplan, the Browns offered their second first rounder, the No. 19 overall selection. The Browns also own the No. 12 pick. It's unclear if the offer came before or after Bradford's trade to Philadelphia. Owner Jimmy Haslam seems hellbent on finding a "franchise quarterback," but only has Josh McCown to show for it. This is something to file away in case Oregon QB Marcus Mariota falls to No. 12. Perhaps Eagles football czar Chip Kelly would then be willing to play ball with the Browns.
Mar 17 - 2:38 PM

NFL Network's Charley Casserly reports the Browns offered a first-round pick for Sam Bradford.

Per Casserly, it's unknown if the pick was offered before or after Bradford's trade to Philadelphia. Our guess is before, but it's certainly possible the Browns are the team Eagles coach Chip Kelly referred to in last week's presser. The Browns have been engaged in a quixotic quest to upgrade their quarterback position this offseason. So far, all they've managed is giving erratic journeyman Josh McCown $6.5 million guaranteed. By default, Johnny Manziel is still in the team's 2015 plans. That would likely change if they add another signal caller to their quarterback room.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 1:20 PM

Sam Bradford (ACL) is meeting with Eagles brass on Monday to "get on a new rehab track."

Eagles coach/GM Chip Kelly has been lauded for his "football science," but it will be put to the test with Bradford. Kelly has appeared to have some genuine success with keeping his players healthier than the norm, but Bradford is going on 28, and coming off of his second left ACL tear. By Week 1, it will have been 22 months since he last played in an NFL game.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 16 - 8:57 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson passes along buzz from the Pro Day circuit that "some coaches" around the league are "not convinced" the Eagles will keep Sam Bradford.

There's belief in league circles that Bradford will be used as trade bait to get to the Titans at No. 2 overall, where Chip Kelly could select Marcus Mariota. Kelly's affinity for Mariota is well known. Kelly has shown he isn't scared to make bold, complicated football decisions. It's anyone's guess as to what he'll do. We also wouldn't rule out a trade up to No. 1 overall. Bradford's pocket-passer style would fit well in new Bucs OC Dirk Koetter's offense.
Mar 15 - 12:12 PM

Going back to his final season at Oklahoma, Sam Bradford has appeared in just 52 of a possible 93 games.

The Rams struggled to surround Bradford with weapons and impressive coaching staffs, but it was ultimately his lack of durability that rendered his St. Louis tenure such a frustrating question mark. Eagles football czar Chip Kelly appears genuinely ahead of the curve when it comes to keeping his players healthy, but Bradford will be his toughest case yet. Bradford has the tools to succeed if he can somehow stay on the field.
Mar 12 - 6:32 PM

Sam Bradford (ACL) says he'll be ready for training camp.

Bradford said he began a throwing program 2-3 weeks ago. Bradford also acknowledged the Eagles took a "leap of faith" by acquiring him, and that he'll have to compete for the starting job. If he's at full health, Bradford will be the favorite over Mark Sanchez.
Mar 11 - 4:47 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Rams "never felt Cleveland was serious" about acquiring Sam Bradford.

Eagles football czar Chip Kelly made waves Wednesday when he said someone has already offered Philadelphia a first-round pick for Bradford. Speculation centered heavily on the Browns, who have been on a quixotic quest to find a franchise quarterback. The Browns own the Nos. 12 and 19 picks in next month's draft, but we highly doubt one of those selections will be turned into Bradford.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 11 - 4:24 PM

Chip Kelly says the Eagles have already been offered a first-round pick for Sam Bradford.

Kelly said so twice at Wednesday's press conference justifying the team's trade for the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 draft. There's no real reason not to take him at face value, but perhaps Kelly is already trying to drum up a trade market. Kelly also lavished praise on Bradford, and hinted he'd be the team's Week 1 starter. The Eagles' quarterback situation could get more confusing before it gets clearer.
Mar 11 - 1:39 PM

According to PhiladelphiaEagles.com, coach/GM Chip Kelly identified Sam Bradford as a "special talent who can make this offense soar."

The Eagles' website says the team studied Bradford "very, very extensively" before Tuesday's trade, and believe he's a player with "special accuracy, touch and a big arm." Chip's in-house website still believes Bradford is capable of making "every throw from every position on the field." All team-produced materials should be taken with a grain of salt, but it's gushing that should give at least a little pause to the idea that Philly only acquired Bradford to flip him in a potential trade up for Marcus Mariota.
Mar 11 - 12:15 AM

The Browns reportedly tried trading for Sam Bradford before he was shipped to the Eagles in the Nick Foles deal.

Despite coming off back-to-back ACL tears, there was a multi-team market for Bradford's services. The Philadelphia Inquirer is somewhat noncommittal, but tentatively expects the Eagles to keep Bradford and start him in 2015, as opposed to using Bradford as a trade chip to move up and draft Marcus Mariota. We'll believe Bradford is staying in Philly if the sides strike a restructured contract. Bradford's 2015 base salary of $12.985 million is entirely unreasonable for a player of his injury-riddled and largely ineffective pedigree.
Mar 10 - 10:48 PM

Eagles acquired QB Sam Bradford and a 2015 fifth-round pick from the Rams in exchange for QB Nick Foles, a 2015 fourth-round pick, and a 2016 second-round pick.

Stunning. If Bradford starts less than 50 percent of the games this season, the Eagles will also get a 2016 fourth-round pick. If he gets injured and doesn't play at all, the Eagles will receive a 2016 third-rounder. The Eagles are taking on a player significantly more expensive and injury prone than Foles. Bradford has more pure arm talent than Foles, but isn't necessarily more accurate. It's another bold, polarizing move from coach/GM Chip Kelly. For what it's worth, Bradford will be reuniting with his rookie-year coordinator Pat Shurmur. If he can stay on the field — a colossal "if" — he'll have breakout potential in Philly, but Rams fans have heard that chorus for years. He'll battle Mark Sanchez in camp. It's unclear what, if any, effect this will have on Philly's rumored pursuit of Marcus Mariota.
Mar 10 - 4:01 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Sam Bradford
2Mark Sanchez
3Matt Barkley
4G.J. Kinne
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3Darren Sproles
4Chris Polk
5Matthew Tucker
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Ryan Mathews
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Darren Sproles
WR11Jordan Matthews
2Miles Austin
3Jeff Maehl
4Will Murphy
WR21Riley Cooper
2Josh Huff
3Quron Pratt
WR31Josh Huff
TE1Brent Celek
2Zach Ertz
3Trey Burton
K1Cody Parkey