Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is putting his money where his mouth is and backing himself for a big comeback year, if reports today are to be believed.
Taking a chance
According to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, the perennially injured quarterback is planning to play out the final year of his bumper contract in the hopes that proving his health in 2015 and playing well for the Eagles will help him secure a more lucrative deal down the line.
The former first overall pick is set to earn $12.958 in the 2015 season but, after failing to complete a full regular season since 2012, Philly would be foolish to offer anywhere near that figure at this stage.
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The decision is a risky one considering Sam Bradford's uncertain immediate future. The former Rams man is yet to return to full health from his most recent ACL injury and will have to win-out against Mark Sanchez for the starting job in Philly before Week One of the season even arrives.
If he can prove his doubters wrong however, and stay on the gridiron whilst producing efficient performances in a fluid Eagles offense, the potential income on any new contract will undoubtedly increase.
Having missed the entirety of the 2014 season when still a St. Louis Rams player though, there are still serious doubts as to whether Bradford will ever make good on his obvious potential.
Work to do
Those doubts remain now that he is at the Eagles and early indications don't exactly match up with Sam Bradford's high hopes for the 2015 campaign.
During the recent offseason workouts there were numerous reports stating the QB looked a long way from full health and was even still walking with a limp.
Although Bradford has a couple of months still to go until he must start producing on the field that isn't exactly what you want to hear if you are an Eagles fan hoping for a comeback year. Or for that matter if you are a team - Philadelphia or otherwise - contemplating paying high for Sam Bradford in 2016.
Only time will tell if the quarterback's decision to back himself pays off but one thing is for certain; 2015 is looking like a boom or bust year for Sam Bradford.
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