Eagles want Sam Bradford bad, reportedly put more money on the table

Matt Rourke  Associated Press files The last day the Philadelphia Eagles can ensure that Sam Bradford stays without a mutually agreed-upon contract is Tuesday

Eagles want Sam Bradford bad, reportedly put more money on the table

However, they are a match nonetheless. That's when Bradford's agent, Tom Condon, can start negotiating with other National Football League teams during the legal tampering window.

By 4 p.m. Tuesday, it will be time for both Bradford and the Eagles to prove that their professed love for one another is genuine. Last month it was reported that the Eagles don't play to tag Bradford. Unless, of course, the Philadelphia Eagles sign him to a new contract.

It also doesn't hurt that players from Zach Ertz to Malcolm Jenkins, along with Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson all said they wanted Bradford back.

The Eagles have been in negotiations with Condon, meeting with him at the combine. Even with that many pass attempts, Bradford failed to top 4,000 yards and 20 touchdowns once again.

That deal may seem more urgent after the Eagles' brain trust got a firsthand look at the quarterbacks available in the draft.

"If the Eagles placed the tag on Bradford, they"™d have a salary-cap hold at that number "” either $19.953 million or $17.696 million "” and it would swallow more than half of their cap space. And that has nothing to do with the deadline for the Eagles to place the franchise tag on Bradford. It would all but sideline the Eagles in free agency, unless they released other players or adjusted salaries.

In nine days, Sam Bradford will become a free-agent. After the combine, most teams and agents have a sense of the marketplace. They recently "upped their offer" in a "real push" to keep him. They would need to preserve cap space without knowing if Bradford is going to stay, which would limit what they can spend elsewhere. 

Head coach Chip Kelly was a primary influence in landing Bradford from Philadelphia. The question now is at what price.

"Being a player in his shoes, you have to want to be somewhere, and I think Sam wants to be in Philadelphia", Pederson said.

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