Sam Bradford: The Man In Philly

by Fred Pahlke | Posted on Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Many thought the acquisition of former Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford by the Philadelphia Eagles from the St. Louis Rams was a diversion in that Bradford would be used as trade bait for a possible drafting of Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in this year’s NFL draft. Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, formerly of the Oregon Ducks, would finagle a way to get the newest Heisman winner to the City of Brotherly Love to run his offense for the future.

That plan fell through if it was a ploy or Kelly was a Bradford believer from day one, it seems the Bradford deal will work out in a good way.  The result is that the former Oklahoma Sooner has taken the starting role at QB in Philly and through the first practices, has impressed Coach Kelly and the rest of the Eagle’s organization. Enough so to have the team trying to ink Bradford for future years, offering him an extended contract that would keep Bradford in the Eagle’s camp for 2016 and possibly beyond. With the injury bugs continuing biting Bradford during his NFL career, sources say that Bradford’s latest knee operation should hold up perfectly.   

With Bradford going full strength for the first time since the injury he suffered last year in pre-season camp in St. Louis, everything is A-OK in the Eagle’s camp.  Bradford missed the balance of the 2013 season, suffering another knee tear in game 7 of that season.

Many believe that the offensive system Kelly runs in Philly gives Bradford a better chance in not getting another injury to a knee.  With his pinpoint accuracy and quick release with an above average arm, he is a perfect choice to lead the Eagles in 2015, as Kelly’s system is a fast run and shoot offense that allows the QB to get the ball out of their hands fast as fast can be.

Kelly sees the potential for Bradford as their “franchise” player. From ESPN’s Ed Werder:

“Payton Manning switched teams because of an injury,” Kelly said of Manning, who moved from the Indianapolis Colts to the Denver Broncos after a year off following neck surgery. “Drew Brees switched teams because of an injury. So we went down that path.”

Bradford’s last year in his current contract give’s him $12.95 million for 2015.  He will have to decide to take an extension or play out the year in Philly, hoping to have a great season and then be open to all offers at the end of the year. Look for Bradford to take the extension.  And look for the deal before the season starts.

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Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 61 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder and expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A graduate of Oklahoma City University. Elementary School Principal in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years.

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