New York Jets need to stay far away from Sam Bradford
The New York Jets might need a quarterback like there is no tomorrow but they should stay far away from Sam Bradford.
Watching and listening to all these sports outlets saying that the Jets are one of the teams interested in acquiring Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Sam Bradford makes my stomach turn. For a team that is as strapped for cash as it is to even consider a move like this is crazy. It’s hard to even think about what it would cost for the Jets to clear the salary cap space to make this move. Muhammad Wilkerson? Draft picks? There are other alternatives and probably better ones at the quarterback position than Bradford.
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Looking back on Bradford’s career since entering the NFL in 2010 after being the number one overall pick, there is nothing that says to sign him immediately. Bradford has only played two complete seasons since his rookie year and missed all of the 2014 season due to injury.
Dec 26, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford (7) passes against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
He has never thrown more then 21 touchdowns in a year and will constantly worry fans every single time he gets hit because that could keep him down for the season. Bradford is guaranteed $18M for the upcoming season. Unless the Eagles are willing to eat a giant portion of his contract, there is no way the Jets can afford him.
Now there is always the option to trade Wilkerson. Sure, Wilkerson may not be affordable after this season but the Jets should either move him for draft picks or a player that will make a huge impact. Moving Wilkerson in a deal for Bradford will make me feel that ex-general manager John Idzik never left office and they will be making a move for the sake of just making a move.
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There are other options that the Jets can go look at for the quarterback position.
Signing Ryan Fitzpatrick is another one. Fitzpatrick has built a nice foundation with the core of this team.
Many players have been telling the media that they all want Fitzpatrick back. Everyone in that locker room knows what can be possible if he is re-signed.
Fitzpatrick seems like a symbol of hope at this point. Other options are to look at the future and maybe draft a Paxton Lynch late in the first round of this year’s draft.
Lynch is young and if the Jets like what they’ve seen, then maybe they should take a shot at him. They could develop him just like they’ve been doing with quarterback Bryce Petty.
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There seems to be a ton of better solutions right now then to trade for Bradford and the Jets should really take a hard look at them to ensure to the fans that they are going to put the best team that they can on the field this upcoming season.