Report: Eagles to Explore Re-Acquiring a Familiar Name

February 8th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Filed under Eagles, Football, General, NFL.

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Super Bowl Sunday is usually a very quiet day, that is filled with six hours of pregame shows, that preview the upcoming battle between the league’s two best teams. This year’s Super Bowl Sunday has a bit more buzz, than years past.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news this morning, that the Philadelphia Eagles do not plan to franchise tag quarterback Sam Bradford, but “still have some interest” in re-signing him. This is not so breaking news if you’re an Eagles fan, as this has long been a topic of discussion. In the event of a possible Franchise Tag for Sam Bradford, his 2016 salary would be pretty close to $20 million. For the past eight weeks, the hot topic in Philadelphia has been “Is Sam Bradford worth the money?”

Bradford was acquired by the Eagles back in March of 2015, in exchange for Nick Foles. The move was immediately met with a boatload of criticism, primarily because of Bradford’s track record of injuries. He was just coming off of a second ACL tear in the same knee, and the Eagles pretty much banked their future on him. Initially, the Birds were disappointed with Bradford’s slow start. He looked uncomfortable in the pocket, and subsequently, made some very questionable decisions. Despite the rocky start, he finished strong down the stretch. The former Oklahoma Sooner finished the year 3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

Over his final five games, Bradford completed roughly two-thirds of his passes for over 1,400 yards. He also threw for 8 TDs with only 4 interceptions. These stats brought to mind the immediate question, about whether Bradford could put forth these numbers in a full season. Speculation immediately began, that the team would franchise Bradford, as a way to give him one more season without a long-term financial commitment.  After this report, it certainly looks as if Bradford won’t be back in 2017, unless he takes a pay cut.

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Despite the Eagles reported interest in bringing Bradford back, Schefter is also reporting that the Eagles could be looking to bring back a familiar name….Nick Foles.

This is a very intriguing development in what promises to be an interesting offseason for Birds, as it hasn’t even been a full 12 months since they moved Foles to St. Louis (now Los Angeles). Foles struggled terribly this season with the Rams, eventually being subject to a benching, in favor of former Houston Cougar Case Keenum. Foles finished the season with just over 2,000 yards, but a putrid 7-10 TD/INT ratio. In his time with Philly, Foles compiled over 6,000 yards with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

The caveat to bringing back Foles however, is that whatever team acquires him will have to take the financial hit as well- a guaranteed $7.75 million salary in 2017. For a signal-caller with his stat production, that is a lot of money to invest, even if it is for just one season.

While Schefter is a rather reliable source, it doesn’t look as if this report is concrete. Eagles insiders Les Bowen and Jeff McLane took to Twitter, to debunk the ESPN Insider’s tweet saying:

The Eagles currently hold the 13th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and are widely expected to draft a QB. Whether they actually do or not, time will tell. The first round doesn’t go live until April 28th though, so let’s enjoy Super Bowl 50 in the meantime.

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