Thoughts On The Sam Bradford TradeBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Quarterbacks Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
What an offseason it has been for Eagles’ General Manager Howie Roseman.
In the same offseason where he worked some miracles in erasing the wretched mistakes of Chip Kelly’s year of full control, unloading the contracts of DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, and Kiko Alonso, the cherry on top of ‘Roseman’s Revenge’ is today’s trade of Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings.
The perfect storm came together for Roseman.
With Teddy Bridgewater suffering a devastating knee injury, the Vikings took a desperate, shortsighted approach to save their season, sacrificing next year’s first-round pick to bring in what is essentially a placeholder quarterback that has never had a winning season, never thrown for more than 4,000 yards, and only hit the 20 touchdown mark once in his career.
Roseman had the perfect angle to maximize Bradford’s value. In order to get the Eagles to part with Bradford, their starting quarterback, the compensation would have to be extreme. This wasn’t a situation where a third or even a second round pick would have been acceptable.
It had to return a first.
The Eagles now receive unprecedented value for Bradford. Entering the season, the hope was that he would play at a high level, stay healthy, keep the Eagles competitive, and then next offseason the team MIGHT be able to squeeze a second or third rounder out of him.
Instead the Eagles pick up a first-round pick, essentially replacing the pick they already forfeited to Cleveland to obtain Carson Wentz. This was the kind of deal that was simply impossible to refuse.
If Wentz goes on to become the team’s next franchise quarterback, Roseman’s work this offseason could potentially go down as one of the best years by any league executive ever.
Say ‘Hello’ To The Chase Daniel Era
Now, the downside of the deal.
In the short-term, the Eagles are going to take a bit of a hit.
Chase Daniel becomes the team’s starting quarterback, and following a handful of unimpressive preseason showings, that doesn’t project well for the team’s win-loss margin in 2016.
Daniel doesn’t have the arm strength to stretch the field, and his smaller stature prevents him from seeing the field well. His best asset is his mobility, he’s quick and agile, capable of avoiding rushes and extending some plays.
How long will Daniel start for the Eagles?
It’s certainly hard to imagine Daniel lasting the entire season.
It seems very likely that Carson Wentz is going to take over once he’s ready, its just a matter of when, not if.
The early speculation would point to Week 5. With the Eagles having an early bye in Week 4, it seems reasonable that Daniel could play the first three games, and the team could then make the transition over the bye.
Poor Sam Bradford now has to learn his third different offense in the span of a year. Pity that.
The Eagles will end up getting a larger return for Bradford than they did for Donovan McNabb, a legitimate franchise quarterback that actually accomplished things in this league. How about that?
Bradford and the Vikings will come to Philadelphia on October 23rd, adding a whole extra layer of intrigue to that game. Who would have thought just 24 hours ago that we could be possibly be seeing Carson Wentz taking on Bradford on another team by midseason?
Assuming of course, that Bradford stays healthy enough to make it to that game.
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