The St. Louis Rams pulled off an intriguing and attention-grabbing deal Tuesday, trading quarterback Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles for quarterback Nick Foles.
In addition to Foles, the Rams also get the Eagles’ fourth-round pick this year and a second-round pick in 2016. The Eagles also received the Rams’ fifth-round pick in 2015.
“I’m extremely excited about adding Nick to our team,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said in a team release. “Nick is a talented young quarterback and will be a great addition to our offense. I look forward to getting him here as we prepare to start our off-season program.”
The Rams used the first overall pick in the 2010 draft for Bradford, who hasn’t played a regular-season game since suffering a season-ending torn ACL injury in 2013. Bradford was lost for the 2014 season as well because of a second torn ACL during the preseason.
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Bradford played in two full seasons after joining the Rams, in 2010 and 2012, and parts of two others. The former University of Oklahoma star showed promise as a rookie in 2010, throwing for 3,512 yards and 18 TDs along with 15 interceptions while winning NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year. During 2012, he threw for 3,702 yards and 21 TDs with 13 interceptions.
His NFL career totals include 1,032 completions on 1,760 attempts for 11,065 yards, 59 TDs and 38 interceptions in 49 games. Bradford ranks seventh in Rams history in passing yards and eighth in TDs.
“Throughout his five years with the Rams, Sam has been a consummate professional,” Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a release. “We thank Sam for his dedication to our team and community and wish him and his family the best moving forward.”
Throughout the offseason, Fisher threw his support behind Bradford as the team’s presumed starter for the 2015 season. As recently as the NFL Draft Combine, Fisher was still adamant in his support for bringing back the twice-injured Bradford as the Rams’ starter.
Now if the trade goes through Bradford is gone, and veteran Shaun Hill has signed with Minnesota, leaving Austin Davis as a potential backup to Foles.
“Sam was a leader on our team in the locker room and on the field,” Fisher said in a team release. “He was a great teammate who was dealt some adversity but handled it all with grace and dignity. He represented himself as well as the organization in a first-class manner. I wish him nothing but the best throughout his career.”
Foles was 16-12 as a starter in three seasons with the Eagles.
He was a third-round pick in 2012 who blossomed in 2013 in the high-tempo offense of Eagles coach Chip Kelly. He threw for 2,891 yards and 27 touchdown passes that season with only two interceptions, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl.
Foles was lost for the season last November when he sustained a broken collarbone Nov. 2 against Houston. The Eagles replaced him with former Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, who recently received a two-year, $16 million contract extension from the Eagles.
That leaves Bradford’s role a bit uncertain in Philadelphia for now.