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Eagles trade Bradford to Vikings

Posted by Eric Fisher On September 3

Forget about the concerns regarding how Sam Bradford would handle having Carson Wentz waiting in the wings as the future of the franchise.

And you can forget about Doug Pederson’s announced plans of having Wentz, the second overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, being inactive on game days during his rookie season.

Wentz, who has played one preseason game in an NFL uniform, will likely be the starting quarterback at some point this season because the Eagles traded Sam Bradford to the Vikings on Saturday for a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, which will be held in Philadelphia, and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the fourth-round pick could become a third-round pick if the Vikings reach the NFC Championship game this season, or a second-round choice if the Vikings win the Super Bowl this season.

The Vikings were desperate for a starting quarterback after Teddy Bridgewater dislocated his knee and tore his ACL during practice on Tuesday. He will miss the entire season, and it’s not clear if he will be ready to return next season.

Bradford threw for 3,725 yards and 19 touchdowns, five more than Bridgewater, last season. He signed a two-year, $36 million contract during the offseason, including an $11 million signing bonus. The Eagles agreed to pay $11 million toward the remainder of Bradford’s contract, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, meaning the Vikings will only owe Bradford $7 million this season.

The impact on the Eagles includes acquiring a first-round pick in the next draft. The Eagles did not have a first-round selection because they sent it to the Browns in the deal to acquire the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft, which they used to select Wentz.

The Bradford trade also indicates that, despite previously announced plans to make Wentz inactive on game days, the rookie will almost certainly be starting at some point this season. Even if veteran Chase Daniel is the starter at the beginning of the season, it will only be a matter of time until Wentz is under center.

Wentz’s ascension to the starting role may have to wait until he gets more practice time. Wentz’s only NFL playing experience is the first preseason game. He bruised two ribs during the fourth quarter of that game, and was not in uniform for the Eagles’ final three preseason games.

The trade also indicates that building for the future is a higher priority than reaching the playoffs this season. The Eagles had a better chance of reaching the postseason with Bradford.

There were questions concerning what the Eagles would do about the quarterback situation for next season if Bradford led them to the playoffs this season.

As is the case with Pederson’s announced plans for Wentz to be inactive on game day, you can forget about the Eagles having a quarterback dilemma based on the outcome of this season.

The quarterback of the future – and the present – is Carson Wentz.

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