Howie Roseman Comments on Sam Bradford's Potential Return to Eagles

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIFebruary 19, 2016

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford (7) walks off the field after beating the New York Giants 35-30 in an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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The Philadelphia Eagles have a decision to make in regard to quarterback Sam Bradford, and executive vice president Howie Roseman would like to re-sign the former No. 1 overall pick to a new deal.

"We've all been clear that we like Sam, and we'd like to have him back," Roseman told Dave Spadaro of (via Tim McManus of Philadelphia magazine). "It goes then between all of us and whether we can figure something out that makes sense on both sides."

The then-St. Louis Rams traded Bradford to Philadelphia on March 13 in exchange for quarterback Nick Foles. After going 18-30-1 as the Rams' starting quarterback, Bradford went 7-7 while throwing 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions under head coach Chip Kelly in 2015.

There are multiple factors to consider when discussing Bradford's future with Philadelphia. The team hired Doug Pederson as Kelly's replacement after firing the new San Francisco 49ers head coach prior to the Eagles' Week 17 game against the New York Giants.

It's unclear whether Bradford is the quarterback Pederson wants.'s Ian Rapoport noted Pederson, the former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator, views free agent Chase Daniel as starting-quarterback material. The Eagles also hold the 13th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft and could address their signal-caller situation in that fashion.

Philadelphia also has the franchise tag, which it would need to use by March 1, per CBS Sports, but using it on Bradford would come at a high cost. ESPN's Adam Schefter noted Bradford's franchise tag would come in around the $20 million range (via Phil Sheridan of

On Feb. 8, Schefter reported the Eagles are not going to use the franchise tag on Bradford and that bringing Foles back to Philadelphia is an option.

"You sit in the office right now, and there's not a lot of names on the quarterback depth chart that are under contract right now," Roseman said, per McManus. "And so we've gotta look at every option. We've gotta look at every possibility, and they go from starting possibilities to backup possibilities to who's going to be our third."

Bradford has not made it to the playoffs in his career, and the Eagles have many avenues to address the quarterback situation. If Philadelphia re-signs Bradford, don't expect the price tag to be high.


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