The Philadelphia Eagles have "upped their offer" to quarterback Sam Bradford at the 2016 NFL Combine this week, and are "making a strong push" to sign the former first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, according to Fox Sports' Mike Garafolo.
The terms of Philadelphia's latest offer aren't known, but it's expected to be a the "top of his expected range on the open market." The organization would like to have him under contract prior to March 9 when he would hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent. The Eagles, of course, have made some major changes this offseason, and decided to go in a new direction in hiring head coach Doug Pederson.
The former NFL quarterback and now Eagles head coach has mentioned as likely to draft a potential quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft, and reportedly view Chiefs quarterback and soon-to-be NFL free agent Chase Daniel as more than a backup. While speculation continues to swirl as to who will be the quarterback in Philadelphia next season, it sounds like the Eagles front office is leaning toward Bradford.
Bradford struggled to stay consistent his first season in Philadelphia, but finished with some strong numbers with career-highs in both completion percentage (65) and yards (3,725). While Bradford has shown that he can succeed in the league, questions continue to remain about his ability to stay healthy, as he has only completed a full 16-game season twice in six seasons in the NFL.
Bradford's injury history dates back to him playing at Oklahoma, and even if the Eagles sign Bradford to a long-term contract, it wouldn't be surprising to see them take a quarterback in this year's draft. The Eagles finished in second in the NFC East this past season with a 7-9 record, and are looking to solidify their quarterback position while filling other holes on their roster.