Philadelphia Eagles Free Agent Preview: Will Sam Bradford Return?

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Feb 16, 2016 03:34 PM EST
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Sam Bradford #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on after losing to the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina."

Philadelphia Eagles Salary Cap: $25,036,770

Free Agents: 9

Sam Bradford (QB/Age: 28): Sam Bradford will enter 2016 with the Philadelphia Eagles no franchising tagging him. There is a decent chance he hits free agency as the Eagles season will probably be intertwined with Bradford's future. Bradford started and played in 14 games in 2015 and recorded 3,725 passing yards, averaged 7 yards a pass, threw 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, was sacked 28 times, and had a quarterback rating of 86.4. If Bradford does leave in free agency he could be picked up as a highly priced backup or he could look for a starting job with the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, or even the Denver Broncos.  

Cedric Thornton (DE/Age: 27): Thornton started and played in 13 games in 2015 and recorded 33 combined tackles, a sack, and a pass defense. He suffered hand and ankle injuries throughout the season but showed flashes of greatness coming off of the edge. If the Eagles attempt to resign Bradford Thornton will likely hit free agency.

Nolan Carroll (CB/Age: 29): Carroll was the best cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 so they will try to retain his services. The demand for a quality corner is great in the NFL and Carroll could see a significant uptick in salary if teams were interested in signing him. In 2015 Carroll recorded 57 combined tackles, 10 pass defenses, 2 interceptions, and a defensive touchdown, before being placed on injured reserve with a broken right ankle. If Carroll does make it to free agency expect the Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, and the Pittsburgh Steelers to look in his direction. Carroll may be a more affordable option than his superstar counterparts in free agency.

Walter Thurmond III (FS/Age: 28): To put it bluntly, Thurmond is unlikely to return to Philadelphia. He had a great 2015 season playing and starting in all 16 games, recording 71 combined tackles, 2 sacks, a safety, 7 pass defenses, 3 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles. Thurmond should see a ton of interest in free agency and could be rewarded handsomely for his production in 2015. Teams like the Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, and the Tennessee Titans will be looking to acquire Thurmond's services this offseason.

E.J. Biggers (CB/Age: 28): Biggers only started in 3 games this season so it is unlikely the Eagles will deem him necessary enough to spend cap space on him. Biggers only recorded 44 combined tackles and 7 passes defended. Biggers may find some interest on the open market but that should come towards the end of the free agency period. 

 

 

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