The Philadelphia Eagles announced yesterday that they will be signing Sam Bradford to a new deal with the NFC East franchise.
Bradford has agreed to a two-year deal with the team, which keeps him away from the free agent market without the organization using their franchise tag. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the contract is worth $36 million, with $26 million of that guaranteed.
The 28-year-old has only been in Philadelphia for a year, after arriving via a trade that saw Nick Foles sent to the St. Louis Rams, who are now in Los Angeles. He didn't have the best of first seasons with the team, and questions were raised if he would be staying with the franchise, especially after Chip Kelly was fired.
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However, those doubts have been dismissed for the time being, as Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and their new head coach Doug Pederson have decided to keep hold of Bradford.
Yet, the deal has come as a surprise to many NFL fans, and they showed their disbelief of the deal when Schefter announced the news.
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Bradford missed two games last season for the Eagles due to a sprained shoulder and a concussion in a game against the Miami Dolphins in week 10. He went 7-7 as a starter in 2015, throwing for 3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, acquiring a quarterback rating of 86.4.
Before his injury against the Dolphins, the offense was terrible, as they failed on several occasions to complete drives. The offensive line wasn't good enough, which drastically affected Bradford as he threw 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. It also affected running back DeMarco Murray, who couldn't find the form he had back at the Dallas Cowboys.
Once his shoulder had recovered, the former first overall pick improved, completing 65 percent of his passes, throwing for eight touchdowns and four interceptions, and also achieving a passer rating of 93.2.
Bradford still has a lot to prove, as injuries have been a problem for him since he entered the league. He hasn't played a full season since 2012, and he has missed 31 regular season games since being drafted in 2010.
Nevertheless, the former Oklahoma quarterback has the full support of the new Eagles head coach, as Pederson described him in his introductory press as a "perfect fit" for the offense he plans to run, according to ESPN.
The problems on offense may not have been all his fault in 2015, but Bradford can do his best for 2016 by making sure he stays injury-free and doing his best to help the Eagles win games. At least with a year under his belt now, he will have better chemistry with his teammates, and hopefully, he can put the team in a position where they can succeed.
In essence for Bradford, this is a two-year job interview with the Eagles in order to secure a longer-term contract.
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