NFL Media’s Albert Breer reports the Eagles have had preliminary contract talks with Bradford. The sides talked a few times, but no real progress was made, per sources on both sides of the discussion.
It’s not a surprise that an extension discussion would garner little or no traction.
With Bradford coming off a second ACL injury, the Eagles would likely want an incentive-laden deal they could get out from if the quarterback doesn’t perform or gets injured again. The Eagles also would have franchise-tag leverage next year if Bradford goes wild in his first season with Philly.
Due $12.985 million in 2015, Bradford’s camp has little reason to capitulate to a team-friendly deal — just as he had no reason to re-do his deal with the St. Louis Rams prior to the trade. The quarterback enters the final year of a rookie deal signed before the wage scale was imposed, meaning he’ll see every penny of his $78 million deal from 2010.
Also adding to Bradford’s leverage is Chip Kelly’s QB-friendly system.
While the quarterback’s knee isn’t 100 percent, he’s still in the lead for the starting job. If he is healthy by Week 1 and plays an entire season under Kelly — a big if at this point — he could put up massive numbers that would have teams fawning over him in a free agent market dearth with decent signal-callers.
Given the dichotomy between the likely stances of the two sides in negotiations, the chances are high that Bradford plays out the final year of his massive rookie deal.