Eagles VP Howie Roseman says he hasn’t reached out to Sam Bradford
Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman attempted to debunk reports that Sam Bradford has been ignoring calls and texts from the team by saying he hasn’t even reached out to the disgruntled quarterback in the first place.
Reports surfaced after the Eagles traded up to the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft that Bradford was so upset over the move that not only did he request a trade, he has refused any attempts by the team to reach out to him.
“I have not spoken to [Sam], I have not reached out to him so I’d probably have to go talk to some people here and ask them [if Sam is ignoring texts and calls],” he said during an appearance Wednsday on ESPN’s Mike & Mike radio show, as transcribed by Crossing Broad. “But Sam’s a pro and understands he’s got a great opportunity here to come in, be the starting QB with our group of players around him and hopefully win some games.”
Moreover, Roseman insists Bradford was well aware the Eagles were intent on drafting a quarterback in the draft, even as he was signing a two-year, $36 million extension this offseason.
“We’d been very clear publicly and privately that we were gonna draft a young QB … it was a priority for us, we needed to get one in here we were gonna develop,” Roseman said. “When we signed Sam we told him he was our starting QB. We told him about the trade before the trade happened. But we gotta do what’s in the best interest of our team in the short-term and the long-term. That’s our job.”
Roseman also reiterated the Eagles are not considering moving Bradford, adding the team has not given Bradford’s agent, Tom Condon, to pursue one. He did, however, leave open the possibility of Bradford being dealt at some point in the future.
Either way, there is no indication the impasse will be resolved anytime soon. Further complicating matters is how Eagles head coach Doug Pederson suggested that Bradford could lose the starting quarterback job if he skips offseason workouts. And all this is occurring while Condon continues his crusade against the organization.
All this only means that things could get even uglier in Philly for the unhappy quarterback. If that’s even possible.