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Sam Bradford Wants To Wait Until Offseason For New Contract

Jul 21, 2015 11:49 AM

Sam Bradford will bet on himself as he enters the final season of his contract.

Bradford will earn $12.985 million this season.

Bradford is coming off back-to-back torn ACLs and the Philadelphia Eagles would also like to see him perform in Chip Kelly's system.

Bradford has already played out a six-year, $78 million contract signed under the old collective bargaining agreement. 

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Exec: Chip Kelly Is The One Guy Who Can Make Bradford Successful

Jul 6, 2015 1:01 PM

Sam Bradford has had a relatively disappointing NFL career with injuries and generally underperforming. 

"I understand they gave up on (Nick) Foles," an NFL executive said. "But I don't know why they're building up Bradford so much. I'm still confused about that whole deal. You can only talk about him being the first pick of the draft (in 2010) for so long. What has he done since then?"

The executive believes Chip Kelly can turn Bradford into an effective NFL quarterback.

"If Bradford had gone anywhere else you wouldn't even be talking about him," he said. "He's been hurt the past two years and even when he was healthy, he was just average. But he's with Chip Kelly, so there's hope I guess. Chip Kelly is the one guy who can make Bradford a success."

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Chip Kelly Has Seen Improvement From Tim Tebow

Jun 24, 2015 11:46 AM

Chip Kelly has been encouraged by the development of Tim Tebow since signing this offseason with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I have seen an improvement from Tim since the day we got him in terms of his knowledge of what we're doing, understanding where everybody is," Kelly said, via the Delaware County Times. "There's a whole process, and for him what we have done is different than what he's done anywhere else.

"So in terms of learning our terminology and how we do things, I think each week you've seen an incremental bump in him, so we're excited to see where that takes him and it'll be a good competition as we get into August."

Sam Bradford is the presumptive start for the Eagles with Mark Sanchez as the backup.

When Tebow first arrived in Philadelphia, per the Allentown Morning Call, he "looked like a high school player." After two months in Kelly's offense, though, "he's improved steadily to the point where he's a legitimate threat to win the No. 3 job from Matt Barkley."

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Eagles, Sam Bradford Discuss Extension

Jun 18, 2015 1:13 PM

Sam Bradford and the Philadelphia Eagles have discussed an extension, but not progress has been made between the two sides.

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 could use the franchise tag on Bradford next offseason if he plays well.

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Eagles Release Evan Mathis

Jun 11, 2015 4:39 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have released Evan Mathis.

Mathis had skipped the Eagles' offseason workouts in a contract dispute.

Mathis made two Pro Bowls since signing a five-year, $25 million contract with the Eagles in 2012.


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Cary Williams: Chip Kelly's Conditioning System Didn't Work

Jun 10, 2015 1:25 PM

Cary Williams didn't care for the system of Chip Kelly during his time playing for him with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Williams' gripe was that Kelly's revolutionary practices, which include a rigorous amount of conditioning, don't really work. He said his current team has the right idea and that players need to be better rested.

"We was talking about the fact that our conditioning and things like was going to kick in because we worked harder than everybody in the National Football League with the Chip Kelly thing," he told 710 ESPN in Seattle. "We got out there, we got our teeth kicked in. So all that conditioning didn't necessarily work. Preparation wasn't necessarily the greatest neither that week. When you're going up against teams that prepare well, practice well, coach well, it's difficult in games like that. I think towards the end of the year we were exhausted and we got outcoached the majority of the games."

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Eagles Encouraged By Walter Thurmond's Work At Safety

Jun 9, 2015 5:25 PM

Walter Thurmond is a veteran nickel corner the Philadelphia Eagles signed as a free agent, who is bidding to become the starter at safety opposite Malcolm Jenkins.

Of Thurmond, Kelly said: "Walt's done a really nice job. He's probably been our most productive guy in the secondary in terms of pass breakups and strips and things like that. He always seems to be around the ball, so he seems like he's fitting in there right now. But again, we still don't have pads on, we're still evaluating guys with helmets and shorts and T-shirts. But he's been very productive so far." 

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Sam Bradford Didn't Suffer Any Cartilage Tears In Either ACL Injury

Jun 8, 2015 4:35 PM

Sam Bradford has consistently declined to offer a timeframe for when he will be 100 percent.

Bradford, the Philadelphia Eagles' presumptive starting quarterback, is recovering from his second left ACL tear in two years. He again threw 7-on-7 Monday, but did not take part in full-team work.

Bradford said he tore cartilage in neither of his injuries, both suffered with the St. Louis Rams. That fact makes the odds of a full recovery much more promising.

Asked about cartilage loss, he said doctors told him he was lucky. "It is an important factor," he said. "If there were more damage, you'd be looking at even a longer recovery time."

The Eagles acquired Bradford for Nick Foles this offseason.

"From the day I've been here we've talked about a progression," Bradford said, when asked why he can't throw 11-on-11 in noncontact OTAs; it doesn't seem all that different from 7-on-7. "Everything the past couple of weeks has gone exactly how we wanted it to, and I think we're going to kind of keep going with the plan."

Bradford said he has been stepping up activity 10 to 15 percent each week so far.

"That's a great question," Bradford said, the first time he was asked when he thinks he'll be 100 percent. "If I knew, I'd tell you guys. I really don't know."

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Byron Maxwell Guarantees Eagles Will Reach Super Bowl

May 29, 2015 2:34 PM

Byron Maxwell is convinced the Philadelphia Eagles will go to the Super Bowl.

“We’re gonna go that far,” Maxwell told reporter Jenny Vrentas. “You can take that as a guarantee. That’s just me believing in my team and the product we’re going to put out there on the field. I really do believe that. I have no choice but to think that way.”

Vince Young made headlines in 2011 when he looked around Eagles training camp and proclaimed his new squad "the dream team."

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Sam Bradford Sitting Out Drills At Eagles' OTAs

May 28, 2015 12:03 PM

Sam Bradford has not participated in drills at the Philadelphia Eagles' organized team activities this week.

First-team reps have gone to Mark Sanchez, which isn't surprising considering that Bradford -- acquired in a March trade with St. Louis -- is just nine months removed from tearing his left ACL for the second time in as many seasons.

Bradford was on the field during Phase 2 of spring workouts earlier this month, impressing Philly's receivers with his arm, according to McLane.

Chip Kelly also said during the draft that Bradford's rehab was on schedule, noting: "We've got plenty of time."

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Mark Sanchez 'Absolutely' Expects To Compete For Starting Job
Mark Sanchez will compete with Sam Bradford for the Eagles' starting quarterback job.

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McCoy: Chip Got Rid Of All The Good Players, Especially Black Ones
LeSean McCoy was asked to elaborate on comments he made in April that Chip Kelly doesn't "like or respect stars."

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Chip Kelly: I'll Be Gone If Eagles In Position To Draft Top QB
Instead of Marcus Mariota, the Eagles enter 2015 with Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.

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Kelly: Tim Tebow Not Just A 'Camp Arm'
Mark Sanchez had said that Tim Tebow was essentially a "camp arm."

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Chip Kelly On Trading Up: It Was A Really Steep Price
Chip Kelly has denied reports that the Eagles had been trying to trade up for Marcus Mariota in the days leading up to the draft.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Eagles, Bears Making Hardest Push For No. 2 Pick
Both the Eagles and Bears are targeting Marcus Mariota if they acquire the second overall pick.

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

Eagles Could Bypass Titans At No. 2 With Buccaneers' Trade
The Buccaneers are planning on taking Jameis Winston, but receiving multiple pieces for the first overall pick would allow Lovie Smith and Jason Licht to quickly rebuild an entire team.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Eagles Continuing Attempts To Trade For Marcus Mariota
The Eagles remain interested in trading up for Marcus Mariota, reportedly "doing all they can" to acquire him.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Sanchez: Tim Tebow Signed As Camp Arm
Tim Tebow is a longshot to make the Eagles' regular season roster.

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

Sam Bradford Believes Eagles Could Trade Him At Draft
The Eagles acquired Sam Bradford this offseason from the St. Louis Rams, but the team remains connected to a deal for Marcus Mariota.

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Eagles, Sam Bradford Haven't Begun Extension Talks
Sam Bradford was traded to the Eagles earlier in the offseason and enters 2015 as their presumptive starter.

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NFL Nearly Scheduled Eagles As Patriots' Kickoff Opponent
The Eagles have been one of the NFL's most fascinating teams in the offseason.

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Tim Tebow Agrees To Sign With Eagles
The Eagles already have Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez on their roster at quarterback.

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Eagles Initially Sought Draft Picks From Bills For LeSean McCoy
The Eagles initially sought draft picks from the Bills in exchange for LeSean McCoy and not Kiki Alonso.

Jenny Vrenas/Sports Illustrated

Sam Bradford Has No Interest In Extension If Traded To Browns
Sam Bradford is in the final year of his rookie contract and will earn $12.9 million this season.

Mark Eckel/Trenton Times

LeSean McCoy Believes Chip Kelly Doesn't Like Or Respect Stars
LeSean McCoy said he has no animosity toward Chip Kelly and that he intends to call his former coach soon.

Jeff McLane/Philadelphia Inquirer

Jordan Matthews Doesn't Think Eagles Need Classic No. 1 Receiver
Chip Kelly said last week that he can envision Jordan Matthews playing "a lot of different spots."

Zach Berman/Philadelphia Inquirer

Murray Asked Romo To Take Pay Cut
Tony Romo was asked by DeMarco Murray if he was willing to take a pay cut for him to re-sign with the Cowboys.

Brandon Wise/CBS Sports

DeMeco Ryans Signs Two-Year Extension With Eagles
DeMeco Ryans can make up to $10.5 million in extension and the deal includes $6.25 million in guaranteed money.

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Sam Bradford's College QB Coach Encouraged Him To Continue Career
Sam Bradford had torn his ACL twice in less than a year.


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