Yahoo Sports- NJ.com surveyed the three Eagles Pro Shops in the Philadelphia area. They had DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell jerseys, two of the three biggest acquisitions this offseason. But none of them had a jersey of Bradford, the quarterback the Eagles acquired from the St. Louis Rams in a trade. Bradford was acquired before Murray or Maxwell.
The Eagles stores, owned and operated by the team and located in Cherry Hill, Philadelphia and Lancaster, had zero No. 7 Bradford jerseys in stock and employees told NJ.com they didn't have information on any Bradford shipments coming in.
Maybe that means nothing, but it is a little bit interesting.
Are there actually people out there that think that Sam Bradford is going to be the Eagles starting quarterback? Let me be more specific. Are there actually people out there that don't expect Marcus Mariota to be holding up an Eagles jersey come draft day? Hell, Bradford even changed his number to 7 so 8 is still open. All rational sense says that Philadelphia can't land Mariota, but I won't believe it until he plays a snap in another uniform. I have never been so sure that something that absolutely defies logic is going to happen. It's like calculus. There's a lot of moving parts, and they don't always make sense, but in the end it all works out.
I think my confidence stems from my lack of faith in Sam Bradford. Truth be told, I actually like Sam Bradford. However, if Chip Kelly is as smart as Eagles' fans think he is there is no way he is going into a crucial part of his tenure with a walking (sometimes), talking injury behind center. If Sam Bradford had to bet this year's salary on 16 games of health he would be benched after the first quarter of week 1 for taking a knee on every play. Sam Bradford's mother is even hesitant to buy a Sam Bradford jersey. Sam Bradford's durability, or lack thereof, combined with Chip Kelly's Oregon erection for Mariota is like the perfect storm. While Mariota's potential as a starting NFL quarterback is riddled with 'maybes', the only thing riskier than mortgaging the future on his potential is trusting Derrick Rose's white, quarterback counterpart with the outcome of your season. Putting your team on the back of someone as brittle as Bradford is like asking my grandmother for a piggy back ride. Sooner or later, it's not going to end well. I'm not sure if Mariota is THE answer, but he's definitely AN answer, while Bradford is nothing more than a question mark.
Either way, a Sam Bradford Eagles jersey is the most precarious purchase in sports history. Even moreso than this...