3. Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles, 28 years old
With Chip Kelly out in Philadelphia, the Eagles may decide Sam Bradford is the guy and can succeed when you aren’t running a hurry-up offense with sprinkles of zone read.
If the new regime doesn’t believe the former first overall pick is the guy, he could hit the open market and become an option for the Houston Texans, or any other quarterback needy team.
The issue with Bradford though is mainly his injury history. Bradford struggled to stay healthy while at Oklahoma, as he suffered through shoulder injuries and the problems continues in the NFL, except this time the issue became with his knees.
Between torn ACL’s and other issues, Sam missed six games in 2011, nine in 2013 and all 16 games in 2014. Last season, Bradford still missed two games and never looked 100 percent like the player he was supposed to be when taken as the next franchise guy by the St. Louis Rams.
Bradford has never totaled more than 21 touchdown passes in a season and never recorded as much as 3,800 yards in a single season. His career record of 25-37-1 signals that he is a bust as the first overall pick, yet he keeps getting praised as if he is just steps away from being in the “elite” category.
NFL pundits went berserk over the idea of him as the passer in Chip Kelly’s “quarterback proof” system, but instead he recorded average stats of 3,725 yards with 19 touchdowns and 14 picks while leading the team to a 7-7 record in his 14 starts.
The Texans could buy into the Bradford hype that Kelly and company did in 2015, but all that got them was an early end to the season. Maybe O’Brien could work his magic on Bradford though. If he can stay healthy, he isn’t a terrible option.
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