Count former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann as one who is questioning Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller Sam Bradford's competitive fortitude for his trade demand and absence from the team's offseason program.
Theismann criticized how Bradford has handled the Eagles' decision to trade up and draft quarterback Carson Wentz at No. 2 overall in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday (via theScore.com's Mitch Sanderson):
I can not believe what Sam Bradford is doing with the Philadelphia Eagles. The impression that I get is that this guy here doesn't want to compete. He's not interested in playing quarterback. He's not interested in competing at the quarterback position. He wants it handed to him on a silver platter. Well that's not the way life is.
If you think you're that good, you should be able to beat out a rookie who has no earthly idea of what the NFL looks like. If the Redskins drafted somebody No. 1 and I was (in a position like) Sam Bradford and I've already banked $98 million, then bring it on, guys. Bring it on. And it's disappointing to me because I like Sam. Heck, last year I did a radio show in Philadelphia and I said, 'Sam Bradford has the ability to be a Pro Bowl player.' Then all of a sudden Tom Condon, his agent, comes out and says, 'Well the Eagles had a right to notify him.' Bologna.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Bradford's trade demand and refusal to participate in team activities April 25—days before Philadelphia brought Wentz aboard to be the presumed franchise QB.
Under new head coach Doug Pederson, Philadelphia has invested a ton of money in the most important position on the field. Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman has unequivocally stated Bradford will be the starter, at least for now, per PFT Live (via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk).
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While it is easy to see Bradford's side, as the Eagles haven't shown much faith in him as the long-term answer, Theismann did have a strong point.
If Bradford is good enough to be No. 1 on the depth chart and deserves to be touted as a franchise QB, he should relish the chance to show off how much further ahead of Wentz and Daniel he is.
Theismann's lack of sympathy for Bradford is notable, because it doesn't only stem from an old-school mentality. Theismann can also relate to Bradford, who's trying to bounce back from a twice-torn ACL, as Theismann's career ended on a brutal broken leg, which he suffered on a hit by Lawrence Taylor in 1985.
The fact that Theismann is still calling out Bradford to such a large degree—as a former QB on an NFC East rival of the Eagles, no less—makes him a loud, opposing voice to Bradford's strategy.
It's hard to imagine the situation between Bradford and the Eagles ending well, but at least there's plenty of time before the 2016 campaign kicks off for both parties to sort out their issues.