Bradford Not Concerned About Potential Competition
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — Sam Bradford is the Eagles starting quarterback as the team begins its first voluntary minicamp under Doug Pederson Tuesday and the Oklahoma product isn't all that worried about that becoming a short-term title on April 28.
"That's a little above my pay grade," Bradford deadpanned when asked if he was concerned about the Eagles moving up in the draft to select a potential franchise signal caller like Carson Wentz.
“...I learned a long time ago to stay away from that kind of stuff," the QB continued. "It’s not the first time I’ve gone through a situation like this. I think I learned a long time ago not to worry about anything I can’t control.”
That's mentality is almost dogma for Bradford now because he had to answer similar questions last year when Chip Kelly tried to throw the kitchen sink at Tennessee for the opportunity to draft Marcus Mariota.
“I really don’t pay attention to any of that stuff,” Bradford claimed. “If it happens, it’s something I’ll deal with when it happens. But if it doesn’t happen, there’s really no sense in wasting time over it or thoughts or energy on that.”
Bradford, who re-signed a two-year, $35 million deal with the Eagles earlier this offseason, which includes $22 million in guarantees for 2016, is probably taking the right approach.
Two NFL sources confirmed to 973espn.com Tuesday that the Eagles, particularly Pederson, love Wentz as a prospect and Cleveland is now leaning toward trying to trade out of the No. 2 spot. That said, the lack of a second-round selection is hampering Philadelphia's attempts to get something done.
And that means Sam remains the man for the foreseeable future, a reality he is looking forward to as he prepares to be a full participant in OTAs for the first time in three years.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve had just a normal offseason,” Bradford said. “It’s great (to be healthy). It’s extra reps, especially when learning a new system. Being able to go out there today and be able to participate at 100 percent, to be able to get out there and go through the calls, make decisions. The more reps you get, the more comfortable you become.”
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen