The quarterback position is widely considered the most important position in sports.
An organization without a franchise quarterback is an organization going nowhere fast. By re-signing incumbent starter Sam Bradford, signing familiar veteran backup Chase Daniel in free agency, and trading up for potential franchise quarterback Carson Wentz in the NFL draft, the Eagles are attempting to escape quarterback purgatory once and for all.
In the spectacle of a blockbuster trade deal to land the number two overall pick in the draft, along with the resulting temporary distraction of a disgruntled Sam Bradford sitting out voluntary workouts, the Eagles QB plan wasn’t always clear. However, things ultimately went the Eagles way as they were able to protect the short term, while planning for the long term. But how did we get there?
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The long term investment was quite difficult to land with the Eagles holding the 13th pick in the draft. The plan at that point was to secure the short term. Sign Bradford to a prove it deal and hope that he can improve under the coaching of Pederson, Reich, and DeFilipo. He most likely agreed to the two year deal under the assumption he had a legitimate chance to earn the job long term.
Howie Roseman still wasn’t content. After his year overseeing the equipment department, Roseman was more than eager to put his stamp on this team. His relationship with Mike Tannenbaum of the Dolphins enabled him to deal overpriced cornerback Byron Maxwell and disappointing linebacker Kiko Alonso, both Chip Kelly holdovers, to the Dolphins for the 8th overall pick in the draft. The best case scenario comes to fruition for the Eagles, as they are now in a position to stay competitive for the 2016 season, while also setting up the franchise to remain stable at the quarterback position for years to come.
Thing fall the Eagles way again as the Browns, holding the second overall pick in the draft, are willing to trade down in order to accumulate more draft picks for their team. The Eagles trade a quite responsible haul to the Browns for the 2nd overall pick in the draft. The long term investment is now secured as the Eagles select North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.
This offseason should make Eagles fans extremely happy. The Eagles haven’t had stability at the quarterback position since Donovan McNabb, who was taken second overall oddly enough. It’s clear they made improving the quarterback position a priority this offseason. Most impressive, though, was their ability to stay flexible and converge two plans in the same offseason. By re-signing Bradford, the team is able to stay competitive enough to contend for the NFC East division title, which I believe is very important to owner Jeffrey Lurie. Even more impressive, they were able to pull this off all while securing the long term by landing potential franchise quarterback Carson Wentz. If everything works out for the Eagles, we could look back at this offseason as being one of the best in Eagles history.