Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford ended his trade demands Monday, attending practice after a two-week absence, according to his agent Tom Condon.
Bradford originally requested a trade when the Eagles drafted former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz with the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Bradford had been unaware the Eagles intended to draft a quarterback. Prior to drafting Wentz, the Eagles had signed Bradford to a 2-year, $35 million contract.
The former quarterback of the then-St. Louis Rams (now the Los Angeles Rams) didn’t miss any mandatory team activities. But as Bradford prepared to begin his hiatus, he said he wouldn’t attend any voluntary team workouts or organized team activities under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement.
Last season, Bradford played in 14 games, throwing for 3,725 yards and 19 touchdowns. During his five-year NFL career, he has not become a franchise quarterback, and his completion percentage of 60.1 percent falls short of elite QB status. Bradford is not a bad quarterback, but he’s no Tom Brady.
According to Condon, Bradford plans to play out his contract next season for the Eagles. The team’s drafting of Wentz might be the incentive Bradford needs to have a breakout year and transform his career.