After quite a few months of speculation, Sam Bradford won't be hitting the market this year after all. The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to keep Bradford on for a 2-year deal, the team announced. The deal is worth $36 million over the two years, with $26 million in guarantees, according to the NFL.
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This is a calculated risk for the quarterback, who probably wouldn't have done much as a free agent because of his season last year with the Eagles. However, under a new head coach, they are hoping he will flourish.
The contract will likely have a huge impact on free agents like Ryan Fitzpartick and Brock Osweiler as well.
Bradford has had an interesting story. Coming into the NFL, he was one of the most promising looking quarterbacks. However, his career has been marred by injuries, poor coaching, and just general bad luck. He was particularly troublesome under Chip Kelly who was just fired.
However, many people believe that he still has a ton of untapped potential. The Eagles, many believe, were wise in what they did because they can try to culture Bradford into what they want, but they also only have him for two years if he doesn't improve. They also paired him with Doug Pederson, who is a former NFL quarterback, so maybe he will improve that way.
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The deal comes in at $18 million a season and puts him 14th in the NFL for starters, right near Tony Romo. His guaranteed percentage puts him third behind Philip Rivers and Eli Manning.