Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford ended his brief and ultimately fruitless holdout returning to the team this week and rescinded his trade request upon arrival.
Many of Bradford's teammates welcomed the 2010 No. 1 overall pick back into the building with open arms, despite him posturing for a trade to a team where he could be the starting quarterback after the Eagles' blockbuster trade to move up to draft North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.
Rather than landing in a situation where he has an opportunity to be the starting quarterback for the long haul, Bradford is resigned to being a highly-paid placeholder for Wentz this season and auditioning for that next opportunity.
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Sure, Bradford and his agent Tom Condon could have drawn out their power play until late into the summer when a team that loses their starting quarterback to an injury could come knocking on the Eagles' door with an offer that is too good to pass up. However, it seems Bradford has come to his senses and will have plenty of incentive to have a strong 2016 campaign.
"A lot of money," Bill Polian said on ESPN Tuesday, when asked what is at stake for Bradford this season. "The Eagles can get out of the contract next year by paying him essentially $4 million. So, if he does not play well that will mean that his career has gone downhill from the start.
"There likely will be no big payday for him in the future. He becomes nothing more than a journeyman backup. If he has a good year the Eagles can either keep him, can trade him -- that's the more likely scenario -- recoup something they gave away for Wentz and then he is in a position where he can demand a long-term extension."
Bradford finished last season -- his first in Philadelphia -- with 3,725 yards passing, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 13 starts. If he can build on the success he had in the second half of the season in which he tossed 10 touchdowns and four interceptions, he could regain at least a modicum of control over the future of his career, at least in Polian's estimation.
"This is about the money," Polian said. "It's about a long-term extension for him in a place where he feels he can be long-term. It all hinges on him playing well. If he doesn't play well, his career, effectively, as a high-earning quarterback is over."What drew Carson Wentz to the Eagles NJ Advance Media Eagles contributor Matt Lombardo discusses what seems to have made Philadelphia an attractive landing spot for No. 2 pick Carson Wentz. 4/29/16 (Matt Lombardo | For NJ Advance Media)
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