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#pounditTuesday, September 21, 2021

Howie Roseman: Sam Bradford is ‘our starting quarterback’

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Despite the rumors of discontent surrounding Sam Bradford, Eagles executive Howie Roseman is, at least for now, sticking by his man as the starter.

Roseman appeared on Monday’s PFT Live and affirmed that Bradford is the team’s starter – for now, anyway.

“Well, Sam is entitled to his feelings but we’ve made it clear to him and to our fans that he’s our starting quarterback,” Roseman said, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. “We have an obligation to think about our franchise in terms of the total picture. We’re always making decisions that are for the short term and those of that for the long term and that’s our decision here. To invest in quarterbacks is a long-term decision.”

There is, however, a caveat: Roseman wouldn’t guarantee that whichever quarterback Philadelphia takes at No. 2 would stay on the bench all season.

“I think that’s up to Coach [Doug] Pederson and his staff,” Roseman said. “That guy is gonna come along at his own pace. There’s no urgency and that’s kind of the model that Doug watched when he was here as a starting quarterback but I think we look at this for the long term and we have a starting quarterback here who we think we can win with for the short term.”

Shortly after his appearance on PFT Live, news broke that Bradford had reportedly requested a trade. He apparently didn’t buy Philadelphia’s explanation, and considering the scenario that Roseman referenced – Pederson started nine games in 1999 before being replaced by rookie Donovan McNabb – he probably has every right to be wary about his future.

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