Sam Bradford Free Agent Rumors: Cleveland Browns, NY Jets, Texans, 49ers Targets Over Eagles Return?

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Feb 10, 2016 12:44 PM EST
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Quarterback Sam Bradford #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles
Quarterback Sam Bradford #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes the ball against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on September 27, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey."

Sam Bradford is hitting free agency as the top quarterback available on the market and that could make him a target for numerous teams if he doesn't return to the Philadelphia Eagles. Teams like the Cleveland Browns, NY Jets, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos all could be potential landing spots for the quarterback for the 2016 season.

The Eagles are expected to at least take a look at keeping Bradford on a new contract, but there is a chance that he could leave the team in free agency. Adam Schefter at ESPN reported last week that the Eagles are "not expected" to use the franchise tag on Sam Bradford and that the team could consider bringing back Nick Foles after he was traded last year. That report was refuted by the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News, with a source saying that no decision has been made on the tag and that bringing back Foles was "not discussed" at this point.

Doug Pederson is taking over for Chip Kelly in Philadelphia and while he has had positive things to say about Bradford this offseason, the team could consider other options at quarterback. ESPN reporter Phil Sheridan writes that the Eagles may let Bradford "walk in free agency" if they are "convinced they can get a legit quarterback in the draft." Bradford reportedly asked for over $20 million per season when the sides were discussing a contract extension and if he asks for that much again, the Eagles could let him go.

Pro Football Focus writes that the New York Jets, 49ers, Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans are the best landing spots for Bradford if he leaves the Eagles. Chip Kelly is in San Francisco now and if the team moves on from Colin Kaepernick, they could look at chasing Bradford in free agency. The team needs an upgrade at the position and Bradford would fit that bill over Blaine Gabbert and Kaepernick at this point.

The Browns showed interest in Bradford last year before he was traded to the Eagles and the team could pick back up on that this offseason. The team is reportedly set to move on from Johnny Manziel and could look at Bradford as a free agent option to step in ahead of Josh McCown. The team has the number two overall pick in the draft and likely will take a quarterback, but that may not stop the Browns from also going after Bradford. The Jets could bring in Bradford over signing Ryan Fitzpatrick back, while the Texans are a target after the team used four different starting quarterbacks last season.

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