Are Eagles Better With Sam Bradford? Rams Are With Nick Foles
Tuesday was a whirlwind day of NFL action that was supposed to be full of big free-agent signings but three trades stole the headlines: New Orleans trading Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham to Seattle, Baltimore trading Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to Detroit and, the biggest shocker because you never see one QB traded for another, Philadelphia sending Nick Foles to St. Louis for Sam Bradford.
Kelly Is Bold!
You have to love Eagles coach Chip Kelly. He won a power struggle this offseason and now has complete control of personnel. His three top skill position players, Foles, running back LeSean McCoy and receiver Jeremy Maclin all are gone. McCoy was traded to Buffalo for linebacker Kiko Alonso and Maclin left as a free agent for Kansas City. Kelly’s fingerprints are all over this franchise so he better know what he’s doing.
In addition to Foles, the Rams will also get Philadelphia’s fourth-round pick in 2015 and second-round pick in 2016. The Eagles will get St. Louis’ fifth-round pick in 2015 in addition to Bradford. However, if Bradford is not the Eagles’ starting quarterback this season, Philadelphia will get its 2016 pick back from the Rams.
In the 18 games Foles started for Kelly, his record was 14-4. Foles beat out Michael Vick as Philadelphia’s starter by throwing 27 touchdown passes and just two interceptions in 2013. Foles went to the Pro Bowl and was named offensive MVP of the game. Playing behind an injury-riddled offensive line in 2014, Foles’ numbers were significantly worse. He threw 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. But Foles’ record in his eight starts was 6-2. Foles, 26, missed the second half of the season after breaking his collarbone in a Week 9 game against Houston. The team used Mark Sanchez in his place and Sanchez was signed to an extension recently but this should be Bradford’s job to lose. Kelly’s fascination with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is well-documented and he may yet act on that by moving up in the draft.
Bradford’s record as a starter in St. Louis was 18-30-1. He was on his way to a very nice 2013 season before suffering a torn ACL midway through. He suffered the same injury last preseason. In his rookie 2010 season, when Bradford went 7-9, the Rams’ offensive coordinator was Pat Shurmur, who is now Kelly’s offensive coordinator in Philadelphia. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like Bradford is a good fit for Kelly’s system, but we know he’s capable of running a fast pace, no-huddle because he did it in 2008 at Oklahoma while winning the Heisman.
Rams Come Out Ahead?
On the surface, this looks like a win for the Rams. They thinking about cutting Bradford because they didn’t want to deal with his $13 million cap number. Now they’ve got a starting quarterback in Foles who makes peanuts (a cap number of about $1.5 million). With Foles locked is as the Rams starter, former Shaun Hill took his talents to the Twin Cities as the new back-up for the Vikings on a two-year that could pay $7.5 million. With some of that saved money, the Rams re-signed tight end Lance Kendricks for four years and $18.5 million.
The Eagles are +2500 at Sportsbook.ag to win Super Bowl 50 and Rams +5000.
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