The Philadelphia Eagles have been among the busiest teams during free agency. Not only did they trade away their top running back and lose their most productive wide receiver, but they pulled off one of the most stunning trades of the winter when they sent quarterback Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams for quarterback Sam Bradford.
When head coach Chip Kelly addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon, he revealed that an unnamed team earlier in the day had offered a first-round pick for the 27-year-old signal caller. As improbable as that may sound, it was rumored that the Buffalo Bills were interested in Bradford, and there were reports that the Cleveland Browns tried to trade for him. Although the Bills don’t have a first-round pick, the Browns have two first-rounders in this year’s draft.
Kelly said that the Eagles didn’t bring Bradford to Philly to simply be a trade chip, and that they see “tremendous upside” in his potential as a quarterback despite his injury history. Bradford is expected to compete for the starting job with Mark Sanchez, who re-signed with Philadelphia on a two-year deal.
On top of that, the Lions already had dead money on the 2015 books for Suh, in the amount of $9.7 million.
That dead money is there no matter what — it didn’t matter if Suh signed with someone else, played on the franchise tag or signed a long-term deal with Detroit.
Suh has been a dominant force along the defensive line, even if he doesn’t have sexy stats to back it up. He’s been asked to eat up space a lot more in recent seasons, and he does that as well as anyone, all while disrupting the quarterback more often than naught. He put up 8.5 sacks with 53 tackles this past season. Suh has been named to four Pro Bowls (missing out in 2011) and was named a first-team All-Pro four times (missing out on 2012, when he was named to the second team).
Cortland Finnegan and Andre Johnson’s on-field brawl in 2010 is the stuff of legend. It’s probably the defining moment of Finnegan’s career (Andre Johnson has his Hall of Fame-worthy production). Finnegan was reliving their exchange after announcing his retirement on Wednesday on Nashville radio station 1045 the Zone.