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Possible Suitors: San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns
Once upon a time, an oft-injured, disappointing former first-overall draft pick was offered a $72 million extension. He turned it down. Laughter ensued.
Actually, that may not be true.
"That offer must have gotten lost in the mail," Bradford said, according to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I never saw that one."
Whatever the case may be, Sam Bradford turned in a tepid season that helped get head coach Chip Kelly—the architect of his move to Philadelphia—fired.
Granted, Bradford was just as doomed in Philadelphia as he was in St. Louis. His team fell apart around him in open revolt against the headmaster, so we should take his statistics with a grain of salt.
He was 12th in PFF ratings this season—not bad considering he missed a couple of games—but just 24th in Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA), according to Football Outsiders. Instead of taking off in Kelly's vaunted offense, Bradford had trouble getting off the ground yet again.
Adding in his injury history, it's tough to see any team throwing a ton of money at the 28-year-old. But he will have options and suitors, not least of which will be his current team.
San Francisco will be a popular predicted landing spot for Bradford, as he'd be following the guy who traded for him out west. But that seems too easy, and the 49ers already have Colin Kaepernick, though replacing the latter won't be too difficult.
How about landing on a playoff team with a star receiver, an established head coach and a good defense? The Houston Texans make a ton of sense.
Signs with...Houston Texans