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The Philadelphia Eagles surprised many people with their decision to trade former starter Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for the perennially injury Sam Bradford.

The move is a gamble no doubt but, almost one week into training camp, the signs are that Bradford is good to go and has been training at full intensity.

And, if today's latest reports are to be believed, the Eagles' confidence that the former first overall pick can become a franchise starter is growing by the day.

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As reported by ESPN, the Philly franchise are looking into securing Sam Bradford to a short-term extension that would see him through the 2016 season.

Bradford's current contract, a monster six year, $78 million contract signed when entering the NFL back in 2010, is due to expire after the 2015 campaign and earlier reports suggested he would likely play it out.

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Back in June it was reported that Sam Bradford, who has suffered consecutive season-ending ACL injuries, was so confident in bouncing back in 2015 that he would not enter into contract discussions until 2016.

The idea being that if he showcased his undoubted talent, he would get close to matching the $12.5 million the Eagles will pay him this time around.

Many thought Philly themselves would be happy with that situation as to offer Bradford a new deal before he had proved his fitness would be a significant risk.

Impressing

The impressive start Sam Bradford has made to life with the Eagles may have had something to do with the franchise's change of heart on the matter.

Bradford has led the first-team offense so far in Eagles camp, over Mark Sanchez, and head coach Chip Kelly even compared the QB to Peyton Manning and Drew Brees this week when discussing his potential:

"Peyton Manning switched teams because of an injury,'' Kelly told the media at camp. "Drew Brees switched teams because of an injury. So we went down that path."

Gamble

Of course, with a host of pre-season games still to come, and Sam Bradford having not thrown a pass in anger in the regular-season since October 2013, Philadelphia Eagles fans might be concerned to see their team ready to place such faith in his hands.

A short-term deal doesn't tie Bradford down too long in Philly but it would still represent a leap of faith from the organization without the quarterback having shown anything on the gridiron as of yet.

Eagles fans: Should your team be talking an extension with Sam Bradford already? Good or bad move? Have your say in the comments below...

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