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Eagles QB Sam Bradford demands to be traded, plans boycott

By The Sports Xchange
Eagles QB Sam Bradford demands to be traded, plans boycott
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is demanding to be traded. File photo by Matthew Healey/UPI | License Photo

Sam Bradford plans to boycott the Philadelphia Eagles and demanded a trade with the expectation the franchise intends to draft its quarterback of the future with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on Thursday.

The Eagles signed Bradford to a two-year, $36 million contract in March and after hiring Doug Pederson to replace Chip Kelly as head coach, brought in backup Chase Daniel with a three-year deal worth up to $21 million.

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Bradford, according to acting personnel boss Howie Roseman, remained entrenched as the starter even last week when the Eagles parted with a package of draft picks, including a first-rounder in 2017 and a second-rounder in 2018. That move assured the Eagles one of the top two quarterbacks in the 2016 draft: Cal's Jared Goff or Carson Wentz from North Dakota State.

It also seemed to signal the end of any commitment to Bradford, who was acquired via trade from the Rams in 2015.

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Bradford was reportedly enflamed by the trade and ESPN reported Monday that his representatives demanded a trade and informed the Eagles that Bradford would not report. Bradford would have $18 million in dead money and a cap hit of $12.5 million in 2016.

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There would be interest in Bradford if the Eagles decide to oblige his request, but Daniel, 29, is a career backup with two starts in seven seasons. He attempted only two passes in 2015 with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Roseman said last week that part of the attraction to the quarterbacks in the draft was the ideal setup he envisioned with a rookie training behind two experienced veterans.

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But if the Denver Broncos are willing to part with the 31st overall pick in the draft for Bradford, the Eagles might just be inclined to talk. The Broncos, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers -- the underlining irony of trading Bradford to a Kelly-run organization would be in play -- have all shown a high level of interest in adding a quarterback this offseason.

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