Eagles and Rams swap Bradford, Foles, and draft picks

Chip Kelly is on a mission but we’re still trying to figure out what that mission is as he and the Eagles have traded quarterback Nick Foles, a 2015 fourth-round pick, and 2016 second-round pick for former #1 overall pick and injury riddled quarterback Sam Bradford. This certainly was unexpected as this trade makes it all but certain that Marcus Mariota is no longer in play for Kelly and his Eagles. The Eagles get a 2015 fifth-round pick in addition to the former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback who simply has never lived up to his potential primarily because he has always been in the operating room. The fifth-round pick the Eagles acquired could become a third-round pick depending on how many games Bradford starts in 2015. Another puzzling aspect of this trade is the massive cap figure Bradford is owed in the last year of his existing deal. Are the Eagles going to sign Bradford to an extension? Keep in mind they recently extended Mark Sanchez to a contract that would suggest that there will be a quarterback competition in training camp.

The Rams’ acquisition of Nick Foles from the Eagles suggests that Jeff Fisher and team officials simply weren’t comfortable with Bradford’s injury history and his $16 million cap number. Bradford was the draft selection of a previous regime and he didn’t reward Fisher when the head coach decided to stick with him after taking over in St. Louis for Steve Spagnuolo. Foles had a historic 2013 campaign with a 27:2 TD/INT ratio but fell off mightily in 2014 due primarily to ineffectiveness. Foles has his own injury issues but the Rams get a more dependable QB in terms of health, for less money and additional draft picks. Now, the Rams have to address the offensive line and land a true #1 receiver the likes of which haven’t been seen in St. Louis since the days of Torry Hot and Issac Bruce.