The Philadelphia Eagles announced today that they have signed quarterback Sam Bradford to a two year deal for $36 million with $26 million guaranteed. Bradford will now solidify the Eagles quarterback position for at least the next two years.
Bradford did not have an extremely strong season in Chip Kelly’s offense this past season, but he provided glimpses of why he was selected number one overall by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2010 NFL Draft. Bradford will have a fresh start in new head coach Doug Pederson’s offensive system.
Bradford will provide continuity for the Eagles offense as they transition to Pederson’s offense, but it is fair to question whether Bradford really is the answer for the Eagles quarterback position. Bradford is a quarterback who does not fit with the elite of the NFL, but also does not fit with the bottom tier quarterbacks of the league, which makes it diffcult to decide how much Bradford’s value is.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Sam Bradford ranked 31st out of 33 qualified quarterbacks in Total QBR (42) in 2015, ahead of Nick Foles (30), Joe Flacco (41). Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post tweeted, “Sam Bradford has gotten $76 million in guaranteed money in his career while winning a grand total of 25 games.”
Andrew Brandt of ESPN stated the reality of the Bradford deal. Brandt tweeted, “Eagles/Bradford deal a statement on the scarcity at position, fact teams don’t let QBs hit market. Other options: Chase Daniel? Rookie?” While Bradford may not be the best answer for the Eagles, he is the most secure option for this offseason. The Eagles now have their quarterback for the next two years, but will still gauge the market and draft to find their franchise quarterback.