Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Sam Bradford, has been traded to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a first-round pick, and a conditional fourth-round pick. The news comes on the day all teams are required to trim their roster to 53 players ahead of the regular season.
The trade comes as a shock to many as Bradford was set to be the starting quarterback in Philadelphia this upcoming season. Head coach Doug Pederson had declared Bradford as his “number one guy” at a press conference back in May. The quarterback had also only just signed a two-year, $35 million contract, with $22 million guaranteed.
Bradford, a former first overall pick in 2010, had a disappointing season in 2015 under previous head coach Chip Kelly, with the quarterback throwing 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The injury-plagued player also missed two games last season, tallying over thirty in a six-year NFL career.
In what screams of desperation, the Vikings were in dire need of a quarterback after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a knee injury during practice last week. Bradford will reunite with his former coach, Pat Shurmur, who was the Eagles offensive coordinator last season. The Vikings’ willingness to trade a first round pick for Bradford suggests they are intent on being legitimate Super Bowl contenders this season.
With the announcement that next year’s NFL draft will be held in Philadelphia, Eagles fans will no doubt be delighted to have a first round pick once again. The organisation had traded away their original first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns, as well as additional picks to move up the draft and select Carson Wentz, second overall.
The North Dakota State alumnus was initially confirmed as the number three quarterback by Pederson, before adding there was a “good chance” he would sit out his entire rookie year. Following the trade, the presumption was that the newly acquired Chase Daniel would take the snaps. However, Adam Caplan of ESPN has reported the Eagles are now planning on starting Carson Wentz week one, against the Browns, should he recover from his rib injury.
Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman was coy in regards to who will start at quarterback, saying that it is a “coach’s decision” and “circumstances change.” Roseman has had a busy off-season, attempting to pick up the pieces following Chip Kelly’s tenure as head coach. The contract renewal of star defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, the Wentz draft pick and the Bradford trade are all moves to achieving that.
Bradford may have his bags packed for Minnesota, but it won’t be long till the Eagles see him again. The Vikings will make the trip to Lincoln Financial field to play the Eagles in a week seven match-up.