Barwin Believes Bradford Will Be Back
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — Count Connor Barwin among those who believe Sam Bradford will be back as the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles sooner rather than later.
The Eagles' veteran linebacker turned defensive end in Jim Schwartz's new 4-3 scheme, who spoke to Bradford recently, appeared on Philadelphia's WIP Friday and acknowledged Bradford's unhappiness with the organization trading up to draft his presumptive successor, Carson Wentz, but claimed the veteran will be back in "a week or two."
“I think obviously he didn’t see it coming and was surprised by it," Barwin said, "but I expect him to be back in the next week or two and be the starting quarterback next year."
Bradford has been silent publicly but his agent Tom Condon has said the veteran will not attend any of the team's voluntary workouts and asked for the Eagles' permission to seek a trade, something the organization has denied to this point.
With a new head coach and a new offensive system being implemented Bradford would have a very difficult time getting up to speed and being the Week 1 starter if he skipped all the voluntary activities and just showed up fro mandatory minicamp as well as training camp, something Barwin seemed to agree with.
“He’s still on the team. He’s gotta come to work, and from my conversation with him it sounded like he was coming back sooner than later,” Barwin said.
Voluntary workouts for veteran Eagles players resumes on May 17.
“I think all of us see Sam as the starter for the next year or two to help mentor, but Carson will be the quarterback of the future," Barwin admitted.
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