As all Philly fans know, last week the Eagles traded up to the No. 2 spot in the draft to take their franchise quarterback of the future, presumably Carson Wentz.
Current starter Sam Bradford is not happy about being a lame duck quarterback just six weeks after signing a new contract and, truthfully, I really can’t blame him. He really thought that this was going to be the chance to fulfill all his potential after finally getting healthy. It is unsettling that it seems like he doesn’t want to compete, but whatever.
So now Bradford wants a trade and we have drama two days before the draft.
That’s fine, because what we don’t have is a mess in the front office. I believe the expected QB depth chart points to de facto GM Howie Roseman being in tune with his coaches and being an absolute wizard this year.
Let’s look at THE key move of the offseason: Going from No. 13 in the draft to No. 2. Doing that took two trades, five draft picks and getting rid of two players (Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo).
I believe that was the plan going into free agency, somehow move up high enough to get Wentz or Jared Goff. But there is no way the Eagles brass could have banked on Roseman actually being able to pull it off, the jump from 13 to 2 is just too big.
So they very prudently hedged their bet. They brought Bradford back on a short contract that gives them a starting quarterback in 2016 and an extra year to sign Sammy long term in case they didn’t get Wentz/Goff this year.
They also paid a little extra for Chase Daniel, a guy Doug Pederson loves and thinks is a potential starter. What’s the plan there? Well, if Roseman does manage to get Wentz/Goff and Bradford goes off the deep end, the Eagles have someone who can step in and start this year while the rookie gets acclimated. Daniel also gives the Eagles the chance to trade a potentially unhappy Bradford if it comes down to that.
So the Eagles did not bungle their quarterback situation. They played everything out perfectly to give them the best shot moving forward whether or not they were able to get Wentz/Goff.
Now, if Roseman can flip Bradford for the No. 2 the Eagles gave up for him … then he’s NFL Executive of the Year.