Philadelphia Eagles Expected To Re-Sign Sam Bradford, QB Could Still Test Free Agency

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Feb 23, 2016 02:49 PM EST
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The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly expected to re-sign quarterback Sam Bradford, but will not use the franchise tag to retain him."

The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to re-sign quarterback Sam Bradford, according to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole. The Eagles reportedly will not use the franchise tag on Bradford, but will look to lock up the former number one overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. While Bradford is expected to remain in Philadelphia, he still "may certainly test free agency," according to Cole.

Bradford played in 14 games for the Eagles this past season, and posted career-highs in both completion percentage (65) and in yards (3,725). The worry for many franchises in signing Bradford to a long-term deal is his health, as he has only completed a full 16 game season twice in his six-year NFL career.

The Eagles may also be interested in targeting a quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft, and new head coach Doug Pederson reportedly views Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel as more than just a back up. Daniel is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and whether the Eagles will make a push for him is unknown. Daniel would likely not be a long-term solution in Philadelphia, as he turns 30 next season.

While Bradford is expected to remain with the Eagles, if does hit free agency he may have to sign a one-year deal with a team in a prove himself for a season, according to Cole. Bradford is considered one of the top quarterbacks scheduled to hit free agency, but many teams are likely not sold given his injury history and inconsistent play.

It wouldn't be surprising if the Eagles looked to target a quarterback either in free agency or in the draft, as Pederson could have some prospects in mind he believes he could turn into a legitimate starting quarterback. Some believe backup quarterback Mark Sanchez will be let go this offseason in favor of $3.5 million in cap savings, and it could make sense as the Eagles could look to groom a potential franchise quarterback behind Bradford for a season or two.

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