• Report: Sam Bradford-Eagles extension talks break down

    Updated: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    Sam Bradford is betting on himself. The former OU quarterback and the Philadelphia Eagles have tabled talks of a contract extension which would attempt to commit him to the team beyond this season, according to ESPN reports. ESPN's Ed Werder writes that a source says "incredible preseason success changed the negotiating dynamics." Following an offseason trade to the Eagles from the St. Louis Rams, Bradford has looked sharp in a small sample size this preseason, completing 13-of-15 passes (86.7 percent) for 156 yards to go with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Bradford is set to make $12.95 million this year, the final year of his originally rookie contract from the Rams, when he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2010.

  • Seahawks' Bennett calls out Sam Bradford, mediocre quarterbacks as protected, overpaid

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett made it clear Tuesday that he isn't a fan of the inflated market for NFL quarterbacks. He's also not fond of the way some of them react to getting hit. Former OU quarterback Sam Bradford falls into both categories for Bennett, who is wrangling for a new contract.  During an interview with Brock and Salk  on 719 ESPN Seattle on Tuesday, Bennett said that "quarterback is the only position in the NFL you can be mediocre at and get paid," using quarterbacks such as Philadelphia's Bradford and Miami's Ryan Tannehill as examples. "At every other position, you can't be mediocre," Bennett said. "If I was Ryan Tannehill and the most games I ever won was seven, how could you get a $100 million for that? I guess that's the value of the position." Bennett then brought up Bradford, who has been the focus of a controversial play involving Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. In a preseason game last Saturday, Suggs was flagged for roughing the passer on a hit on Bradford  that was later deemed a legal play by the NFL . Bradford was playing in his first game since tearing his ACL in 2014 playing for the St. Louis Rams. "There's some mediocre quarterbacks in the NFL that make a lot of money," Bennett said. "You take a guy like Sam Bradford -- he's never played really in the last three years, but he's made more money than most guys in the NFL. Bennett continued: "Then quarterbacks get protected more than any other player. I mean, he gets hit in his knees and he's about to cry. 'They hit me in my legs.' Everybody gets hit in their legs. Every play somebody tries to hit me in my legs. So what makes him different? What makes his life better than mine? I've got kids. I've got stuff I like to do on the weekend. But because he gets hit in his legs, he gets a flag. He gets up with a sad face like the world just ended because he got hit. I mean, you got hit in an NFL game. Who cares? Get back up and be like, 'Good job.'"

  • Chip Kelly refutes NFL's interpretation of hit on Sam Bradford

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Quarterback Sam Bradford was not running a zone-read play when he was hit low by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Monday. In the Ravens-Eagles preseason game on Saturday, Suggs was flagged on the play for a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty, but the NFL came back on Monday and said a flag should not have been thrown on the play. Kelly refuted what NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino called "not a foul by rule." "He said it was a read-option play, but it wasn't a read-option play," Kelly said. "I know our quarterbacks can get hit on a read-option play, but not every run we have is a read-option run. We run sweep, power, counter, trap -- all of those things out of the gun. "Everyone in the league runs shotgun runs. Are they going to hit every quarterback in the league when they hand off in the shotgun? That's up to the league. I think it would be troubling for the league if every quarterback in the shotgun can be hit." The play has drawn up more controversy than most low hits, considering Bradford was playing in his first game in a year since tearing his ACL playing for the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 preseason.

  • Hit on Sam Bradford a legal play, according to the NFL

    Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs says Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford left himself open to a big hit by running the read option in Saturday's preseason game. Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters believes Suggs intentionally targeted Bradford's knees. The NFL has determined that the hit was OK. NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said Monday that Suggs' hit on Bradford was a legal play and shouldn't have resulted in a flag. Bradford's had two ACL surgeries since entering the league in 2010. Suggs says the Eagles shouldn't put their quarterback with an injury history at risk by running a read-option offense. "When you run the read option, you have to know the rules," Suggs said, via  The Baltimore Sun . "If you want to run the read option with your starting quarterback that's had two knee surgeries, that's on you. That's not my responsibility to update you on the rule."

  • Report: Bradford 'in control' in Eagles practice | Philly.com

    Published: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Sam Bradford had a few red-zone struggles, but reportedly had a strong final full practice before Saturday's preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. In the second of three joint workouts this week against the Ravens, Bradford led the Eagles on a nine-play scoring drive against Baltimore's defense in team two-minute drills, according to Philly.com, capped off by a touchdown run by Kenjon Barner. Friday's Eagles practice will be a light workout, so it was Bradford's last chance to get some live work in before his expected preseason debut Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Thursday he's made no guarantees about playing time on Saturday. Bradford was held out of the Eagles' first preseason game last week against the Indianapolis Colts. 

  • Sam Bradford's accuracy getting Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner comparisons in Eagles camp

    Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Kurt Warner-like accuracy coming from Sam Bradford? Hold on. Peyton Manning-like accuracy coming from Sam Bradford? That’s what Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole is hearing out of Philadelphia Eagles camp. The former OU quarterback is apparently making an impression on offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who is reportedly lumping Bradford’s accuracy in with two of the best to ever throw. “He (Shurmur) believes that Bradford can throw the ball on the move to a receiver and pinpoint it at any time,” Cole said. “All of that has led to great confidence in Bradford as they go through training camp.” That accuracy has yet to reveal itself fully in Bradford’s NFL career. Completion percentage can't be the sole measure of a quarterback's accuracy, but it's an important one. Bradford has a 58.6-percent completion percentage in 49 career games, which ranks him 25th among active quarterbacks . You have to take into account that Bradford hasn’t only played 16 games twice in five seasons, and he’s never played with a Pro Bowl-caliber receiver. In Bradford's time in St. Louis, no player registered more than 800 yards receiving. Bradford was absurdly accurate in college and must be showing flashes of his OU days (64.3 completion percentage) in practice with the Eagles, and that’s a good sign. But Manning and Warner are each tied for fourth all-time in completion percentage (65.5 percent). Lofty comparisons. Maybe Chip Kelly's offense, some good health, better receivers and more reps can help Bradford live up to Shurmur's hype.

  • Sam Bradford won't play in Eagles preseason opener

    Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he has decided not to play Sam Bradford Sunday in the preseason opener, because he has only been working full-squad for a few weeks. Per Philly.com, Kelly said he thought Bradford was disappointed with the decision to hold him out, but "it wasn't a debate." Bradford will play in the Eagles' second preseason game on Aug. 22 against the Baltimore Ravens. Bradford is in his first training camp since tearing his ACL last preseason with the St. Louis Rams. Bradford has taken first-team reps with the Eagles in preseason camp, but Kelly is being cautious with the former No. 1 overall pick. Will DeMarco Murray play Sunday? Bradford's former OU teammate has missed some practices this week but his status for the first preseason game will be determined at Saturday's practice.

  • Sam Bradford says he feels 'better than expected'

    Published: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    It's been almost a year since Sam Bradford suffered a torn left ACL playing for the St. Louis Rams in a preseason game. Three-hundred and forty-nine days later, the former OU quarterback is nearing his return to game action with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles play the Indianapolis Colts in their first preseason game on Aug. 16. And he's even showing off some of his wheels in Chip Kelly's offense. “He actually took off and ran two days ago (at Lincoln Financial Field) on the one where everybody was covered and he made a good decision there," Kelly said. "It's just a process of him getting more familiar with the speed and tempo of things.” Bradford spoke to eagles.com about getting re-acclimated to football after his second ACL tear.

  • Eagles fan starts 'Have Pope Francis Bless Sam Bradford's Knees' petition

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    A healthy Sam Bradford is the hopes and dreams of Philadelphia Eagles fans. The team already traded a starting quarterback (Nick Foles) for the oft-injured Bradford, and if the former OU All-American gets hurt, that means the Eagles may be one step closer to Tim Tebow at QB. So, Eagles fan Pratik Patel has started a petition on change.org called "Have Pope Francis Bless Sam Bradford's Knees." The pope is visiting Philadelphia Sept. 26-27, so what better time for him to give Bradford - who's coming back from a 2014 ACL tear - his blessing. He's one of the most powerful and influential men in the world (even though he promised not to abuse his power in the name of hist beloved

  • Sam Bradford, Eagles in talks on short-term extension

    Published: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    The Philadelphia Eagles have interest in tying starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the franchise beyond the upcoming season, and have begun discussing a contract extension, according to ESPN's Ed Werder . Bradford is in the final year of his current contract, which will pay him close to $13 million . The former OU All-American is currently taking first-team reps with the Eagles and has had no restrictions in the first days of training camp . Bradford tore his ACL for the second time in a preseason game with the St. Louis Rams in 2014. Bradford, the No. 1 pick by St. Louis in 2010, was traded from the Rams to the Eagles  in March.

  • Bradford-Griffin combo No. 2 on best combined college football-basketball seasons list

    Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    What are the 10 best individual performances from college football and basketball in the same season? ESPN.com ranked the best combinations and OU's 2008-09 duo of Sam Bradford and Blake Griffin ranked second behind the iconic year from Bo Jackson and Charles Barkley at Auburn in 1983-84. In 2008-09, Bradford won the Heisman Trophy and led the Sooners to the BCS National Championship game, and Griffin swept all six national player of the year awards in basketball.

  • Sam Bradford confident he'll be ready for training camp

    Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Sam Bradford hasn't yet participated in 11-on-11 drills at Philadelphia Eagles minicamp, but the former Putnam City North and OU quarterback is planning on being ready for training camp. "I think if I'm not ready for 11-on-11 by training camp, then I think something has gone terribly wrong," Bradford said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer . "That's the plan." Bradford participated in 7-on-7 drills on Tuesday. He's battling back from his most recent ACL tear, which he suffered in the 2014 preseason before he was traded to the Eagles from the St. Louis Rams.

  • Sam Bradford feature touches on his excellence at Putnam City North, OU, potential with Eagles

    Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Most Oklahomans by now know of the legend of Sam Bradford - his athleticism that could have taken him into collegiate (and potentially pro) careers in golf, basketball, football or even hockey. But fans of the Philadelphia Eagles haven't been quick to but into Bradford just yet as their quarterback of the future. Bradford hasn't yet had that roaring success in the NFL he experienced as a record-setting quarterback at Putnam City North and OU. He's battled injury after injury and was traded to the Eagles from the St. Louis Rams this offseason. Paul Domowitch of Philly.com traveled to Oklahoma to write an extensive background piece on Bradford, interviewing former coaches Bob Wilson, Bob Stoops, Bradford's parents and more. Stoops himself thinks Bradford will thrive in Philadelphia. From Domowitch's: "I think Sam fits everything about what Chip wants to do," Stoops said in Part II of Domowitch's piece . "He's an incredible athlete who, because of injuries, hasn't been able to demonstrate it yet."

  • Sam Bradford shows more mobility in Eagles practice

    Published: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Sam Bradford is looking better. The biggest question for the former OU All-American since his arrival in a trade from the St. Louis Rams to the Philadelphia Eagles is can he return strong from his latest ACL tear. Philly.com Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane wrote Monday that Bradford "looked a little more mobile" than he had in the previous two weeks of organized team activities. Bradford sat out of team drills but took more snaps than last week. "Bradford told reporters that he still couldn't definitively say that he would be 100 percent ready for the start of training camp," McLane said. Bradford is working his way back from tearing his left ACL in a preseason game with the Rams in August. He was traded to the Eagles in March .

  • Sam Bradford 'right on schedule' but not full-go for Eagles yet

    Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford is "right on schedule" in his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, coach Chip Kelly said Thursday. Bradford has been limited in the Eagles' three offseason team activites this week. He's participated in individual drills, but not team drills. “He is on schedule," Kelly said, per Philly.com . "We all think there’s three phases – there’s medical rehab, performance rehab, and prepare to play. He’s probably at the tail end of medical rehab. He’ll probably start throwing some 7 on 7 next week, and I think he’s right on schedule.”