The St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles are finalizing the Sam Bradford-Nick Foles trade.
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The Philadelphia Eagles are making moves, as they continue to go about this offseason with a Devil May Care attitude. Following the trading of LeSean McCoy, the Eagles have now shipped off Nick Foles in what could be a final step to drafting Marcus Mariota in the spiring.
Sam Bradford and Nick Foles are officially switching places, ESPN insider Adam Schefter tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
The St. Louis Rams will acquire the Eagles quarterback Foles along with draft-pick compensation in exchange for their own signal caller Sam Bradford.
The trade carries promise and baggage for both teams.
As the No. 1 overall pick in 2010 draft, Bradford missed the entire last season after tearing his ACL in the preseason, which was the second consecutive year he’s suffered that injury. However, Chip Kelly is reportedly drawn to his accuracy and ability to make quick decisions. After all, it isn’t Sam’s performance that’s in question, it’s his ability to stay healthy.
On the opposite side of the bargain, Foles shares similar circumstances with the Rams’ gunslinger. The 26-year-old QB was sidelined in the 2014-15 season due to a broken collarbone against the Texans in early November, and was replaced by Mark Sanchez, who recently re-signed with Philadelphia.
Foles was a MVP candidate two years ago, finishing the 2013-14 season with 27 touchdown passes, only two interceptions and 2,891 passing yards.
They are each expected to become the starter on their new respective teams.
Intriguingly, the announcement runs contrary to what Rams coach Jeff Fisher had said only a few weeks ago, when he called Bradford the team’s starting quarterback heading into the 2015 season.
But the NFL is a business, and shuffling the deck is part of the strategy.
Along with Bradford, the Eagles will get a draft pick, bolstering the theory that they’re trying to position themselves to draft former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, a Heisman trophy winner who’s expected to go within the top six selections.
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