Sam Bradford Free Agency Rumors: 49ers, Browns, Texans Options Without Eagles Return, Franchise Tag?

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Feb 08, 2016 07:49 PM EST
Quarterback Sam Bradford #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles
Quarterback Sam Bradford #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania"

Sam Bradford is the top quarterback hitting free agency this offseason and if he doesn't return to the Philadelphia Eagles, he should be targeted by numerous teams on the open market.

The Eagles likely will try to bring back Bradford on a new deal, but if negotiations don't go well, the quarterback will have options for 2016. Pro Football Focus writes that Bradford could be a good fit for the Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans and Cleveland Browns if he doesn't return to Philadelphia. The Eagles may consider using the franchise tag to keep Bradford in Philly, which would put his salary at around $20 million for next season.

There have been conflicting reports about what the Eagles may do with Bradford, as Adam Schefter at ESPN reports that the team is "not expected" to use the franchise tag on the quarterback. Schefter writes that the team still has "some interest in re-signing Bradford. Schefter also reported that the team could look at bringing back Nick Foles for next season. According to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News, the Eagles have not made any decisions about using the franchise tag on Bradford. Berman also writes that the team has not talked about bringing Foles back.

Bradford had a solid season in Philadelphia after being traded by the Rams, throwing 19 touchdowns with 14 interceptions and completing over 64 percent of his passes. Pederson said to the media that the Eagles are interested in bringing back Bradford, but ESPN reports that the team could potentially let the quarterback leave in favor of taking a young player in the draft. Chip Kelly brought Bradford to Philadelphia last season and could consider signing him this offseason as a free agent. The Browns are reportedly moving on from Johnny Manziel and could target the QB even if they go after someone in the draft like Jared Goff or Carson Wentz.

Bradford's return could come down to money, as reports from earlier in the season had the quarterback asking for $25 million per year on a new contract extension. The two sides did not come close to striking a new deal during the season and the Eagles now have to decide whether or not to use the franchise tag on the quarterback if they can't reach an agreement.

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