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Kelly Comments on Bradford's History, Team's Thought Process
Wednesday, March 25
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com passed along comments from Chip Kelly on Bradford's history of injuries and the team's thought process during negotiations with the Rams:
Nick Foles @NFoles_9
.@STLouisRams I'm excited for this new chapter and looking forward to what's ahead in St. Louis. Go Rams!2015-3-11 00:03:01
Matt Lombardo @MattLombardoPHL
On ESPN @AdamSchefter made it sound like both Chip, Pat Shurmur have been high on Sam Bradford for some time. Face it folks, he's Chip's guy2015-3-10 22:56:07
Eagles, Rams Agree on Bradford, Foles Swap
Tuesday, March 10
After five injury-plagued and inconsistent seasons with the St. Louis Rams, quarterback Sam Bradford's time with the team is over.
The Eagles provided details on the picks that were exchanged in the deal:
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Bradford must play 50 percent of snaps next season for the Rams to retain the conditional second-round pick in the trade.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Bradford's contract will remain unchanged.
Foles took to Twitter to speak about the trade:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
Chip Kelly said he looked into Sam Bradford’s injury history, said he think it’s easier for a QB to deal with that than a WR2015-3-25 14:28:09
Albert Breer of NFL Network provided comments from Rams head coach Jeff Fisher:
Sam was a leader on our team in the locker room and on the field. He was a great teammate who was dealt some adversity but handled it all with grace and dignity. He represented himself as well as the organization in a first-class manner. I wish him nothing but the best throughout his career.
The No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 NFL draft showed flashes of brilliance during his tenure in St. Louis, but with a big cap number attached to Bradford in 2015 and the end of his contract approaching, the Rams decided it was time to move on.
Bradford now moves to Philadelphia, where he'll attempt to fit into Chip Kelly's system and get the Eagles back to the playoffs after finishing behind the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East in 2014.
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
As for the trade, Chip Kelly said the Eagles wanted to keep Nick Foles. Indicates his goal was a pick for Sam Bradford to go with Foles2015-3-25 14:28:47
Philadelphia Eagles @Eagles
#Eagles acquire QB Sam Bradford, '15 5th round draft pick from St. Louis in exchange for QB Nick Foles, '15 4th round, '16 2nd round picks2015-3-10 22:45:01
Nick Foles @NFoles_9
Thankful for the opportunity to start my career in Philly. Going to miss my teammates & Eagles fans who supported me. http://t.co/x40rRlWzZJ2015-3-11 00:02:20
NJ.com's Matt Lombardo weighed in on the Eagles' move to acquire Bradford:
Reuben Frank @RoobCSN
Chip Kelly: "If Sam Bradford never tore his ACL he never would have been traded."2015-3-11 17:25:32
Considering the former University of Oklahoma signal-caller's durability issues, perhaps the Rams felt as though the most prudent decision was to cut ties with him. After playing in 42 out of a possible 48 games over his first three NFL seasons, Bradford struggled to stay on the field the last two years.
He missed all but seven contests in 2013 after tearing the ACL in his left knee during a Week 7 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Bradford then suffered another torn ACL in the same knee during the 2014 preseason, which forced him to miss the entire year.
His recent injuries were particularly devastating because he seemed to be turning the corner. Prior to going down in 2013, he was on pace for the best season of his career with nearly 1,700 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions through seven games.
Bradford won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma in 2008 as a redshirt sophomore, becoming only the second sophomore in history to take home the award. If he's able to dodge another substantial injury, Kelly could have quite a steal on his hands.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora and Les Bowen and the Philadelphia Daily News' Les Bowen provided reaction on Wednesday:
Eliot Shorr-Parks @EliotShorrParks
Chip on if Bradford is his QB of the future: "We'll see" #Eagles2015-3-11 17:29:51
Dave Spadaro @EaglesInsider
Kelly: I think (Bradford) has a tremendous skill-set ... Praised his smarts, accuracy. Said Pat Shurmur's knowledge was helpful in decision2015-3-11 17:30:36
Foles is also no stranger to injury issues. In 2014, he suffered an injured clavicle that ended his season after just seven games. He missed one game in 2013 after suffering a concussion against the Cowboys, and he suffered a hairline fracture in his right (throwing) hand during the Eagles' second-to-last game of the 2012 season, forcing him to miss their Week 17 contest against the New York Giants.
Over the past few months, Foles has been no stranger to trade rumors. According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ Advance Media, the Eagles "made an effort to gauge the value of Foles with other teams in the league" at January's Senior Bowl. Per Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, NFL sources believe Philadelphia will make a run at drafting Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who played under Kelly in 2012.
Now, both Foles and Bradford get a chance for a fresh start in 2015 in different uniforms as they try to live up to their promise.
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