Broncos Move On From Bradford
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — The Broncos reached out to the Eagles earlier in week to take Philadelphia's temperature on Sam Bradford when it became clear that veteran wants out of Philadelphia.
The Eagles, however, have not shown much interest in moving the veteran quarterback and the reigning Super Bowl champs are now shifting their focus into acquiring another signal caller into other areas, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Bradford has requested a trade from the Eagles, but to this point Philadelphia has shown no inclination to grant Tom Condon permission to shop the disgruntled starter, who is upset because Philadelphia plans on drafting his ultimate replacement on Thursday night.
The Eagles' latest deal to move up to the second-overall spot in the draft came six weeks after the team handed Bradford a two-year extension that guaranteed the quarterback over $20 million in 2016.
Condon, though, sees the landscape and doesn't believe Philadelphia is attempting to build a contender around Bradford, a reality which could hurt his client's future negotiating power in another city once the Eagles pull the trigger and the hand the team over to presumably Carson Wentz.
“It’s his right to demand a trade and he wants to be traded,” Condon said. “Basically, our contention is that the team could have used the draft picks on offensive and defensive players for this season, to win this season. If the plan was to build for the future, where does that leave Sam this year?”
The danger here from an Eagles' perspective is that the lone goal of the organization moving forward should be ensuring that Wentz (or Jared Goff) succeeds, and placing a rookie in a locker two stalls down from an angry veteran expected to mentor the rookie is playing with fire.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen