Sam Bradford, Eagles Agree to New 2-Year Contract

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews (81) is congratulated by quarterback Sam Bradford (7) after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford was set to hit free agency this offseason as arguably the top player at his position on the market, but the Eagles were able to lock down the signal-caller with a new contract.

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Eagles Announce New Deal for Bradford 

Tuesday, Mar. 1

On Tuesday, the Eagles announced that they signed Bradford to a two-year contract.

Bradford's Agent Comments on Negotiations with Eagles

Monday, Feb. 29

"With regard to the tag, I couldn't tell you," Bradford's agent, Tom Condon, told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday before a deal was reached (via Matt Lombardo of "That's a decision they'll have to make by tomorrow if we haven't come to some resolution. In terms of exactly what's going to happen one way or another, I'm sure we'll have some conversations today." 

Pederson Comments on Bradford Negotiations

Wednesday, Feb. 24

"All I know is if Sam wants to be in Philadelphia, he’ll be in Philadelphia," new Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said, per Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

Bradford Was Favorite to Remain with Eagles All Along

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report passed along what he was hearing regarding Bradford's free agency:

Cole later clarified by saying, "NFL people expect Bradford back in Philly with [the] Eagles, but he may certainly test free agency."

Roseman Commented on Eagles' Interest in Bradford

Friday, Feb. 19

Tim McManus of Philadelphia magazine provided comments from Roseman, who spoke about Bradford on a podcast with Dave Spadaro:

We've all been clear that we like Sam, and we'd like to have him back. It goes then between all of us and whether we can figure something out that makes sense on both sides. Sometimes we get into a situation where we sit here and it will make sense from the team's perspective but when you're talking about a negotiation, it's also got to work for the other side and the player, and we understand that. But hopefully this will all work out and we'll look at that depth chart when we line up here in July and be really excited about the position.

Bradford Reportedly Sought Lucrative Contract Extension

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Bradford reportedly asked the Eagles for $25 million a year when negotiating a contract extension, ESPN's Jim Trotter said on NFL Insiders on Tuesday (via Ryan Phillips of the Big Lead).

Bradford Struggling to Impress in NFL

Bradford, 28, threw for 3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this season.

While Bradford improved as the season went on, he's never posted the sort of elite numbers that would justify a $25 million-per-year payday. Further, Chip Kelly's spread system generally has made quarterbacks look pretty good, including Nick Foles, who threw for 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions in 2013 but was benched in St. Louis this season in favor of NFL journeyman Case Keenum.

Nonetheless, Pederson expressed excitement at the prospect of working with Bradford and said he would fit "perfectly" into the system he wants to run in Philadelphia, per Dave Zangaro of CSN Philadelphia.

"I think Sam, he's got all the tools, there's no question," Pederson said, according to Zangaro. "There's no denying that. Got good size, got a great arm, good mind for the game, and it's just a matter of now, just plugging him in and cutting him loose and utilizing those strengths in this system."