We might now know why quarterback Sam Bradford and the Philadelphia Eagles were unable to come together on a contract extension.
According to ESPN’s Jim Trotter, Bradford’s agent was looking for a contract paying elite money per year.
“One of the reasons why Chip (Kelly) didn’t try and extend Sam right away, I’m told, Tom Condon, Bradford’s agent, came in asking for 25 million dollars a year,” Trotter said, via The Big Lead. “Well, that’s not going to fly in Philadelphia, so now the question becomes, ‘what does Sam want going forward?'”
The Eagles traded for Bradford last summer, knowing he was entering the final year of his contract. Still, no deal was inked between the two sides despite extensive conversations, likely because Bradford’s camp set the negotiating bar far too high.
Nine quarterbacks make $20 million or more per season, but Aaron Rodgers currently has the highest per-year deal at $22 million. Condon knew his client wasn’t going to get $25 million, but it was a reasonable start for negotiations on his end, given Bradford’s pending free agency and the supply and demand of quarterbacks in the NFL.
The Eagles quarterback didn’t produce anything close to a $25 million season in 2015. Bradford threw for 3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, and Philadelphia won just seven of his 14 starts.
Over six seasons, Bradford has completed 60.1 percent of his passes, with 78 touchdowns, 52 interceptions and a passer rating of 81.0.
At his opening press conference, new Eagles coach Doug Pederson called Bradford a “top-notch quarterback” and said he’d fit in “perfectly” with his offense in Philadelphia.
What will the Eagles be willing to pay him to return? And will Bradford’s camp be open to coming back to Philadelphia before checking out free agency? Stay tuned. Bradford’s future figures to be one of the bigger storylines of the offseason.