Trade Me!

Trade Me!

The NFL Draft is in a few hours, but the excitement and drama started weeks ago when the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles traded for the first and second selections, respectively. Both of these teams need a quarterback, so it's a foregone conclusion that Jared Goff and Carson Wentz will be the first two players chosen. Unlike when I entered the NFL in 2005, these young men will have to step in and play immediately. Seeing the writing on the wall, Eagles quarterback, Sam Bradford demanded a trade.

Bradford has been severely ridiculed by both the media and Eagles fans. The sentiment being, “shut up and play.” During the offseason, Bradford signed a deal with the Eagles worth $36M with $15M guaranteed, so I understand why people are so upset with Bradford’s wanting out of Philadelphia. People have criticized him by calling him ungrateful and spoiled, and much worse, due to being injury-prone and his lack of production throughout his career. In Bradford’s case though, it's not about the money, it’s about being able to play the game he loves. He has had to watch from the sideline too often.

Bradford is extremely competitive and wants to play on Sundays. I think people have forgotten that he signed the deal before the Eagles made their trade for the second pick, and whoever the Eagles choose will be given the starting job. Yes, the coach will say it's an open competition, but that’s lip service as he tries to create a competitive environment. Being a seven-year NFL veteran, Bradford understands NFL politics and wants to be in the best situation to play. Game reps are precious and enduring serious injuries throughout his career has made Bradford appreciate those opportunities even more. Coming off of a relatively productive and healthy season in 2015, all he wants is a chance to continue living out his dream.

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