Sam Bradford is trying to put the drama of his holdout behind him, even if others are still bringing it up.
"I just almost threw up," Seahawks pass rusher Michael Bennett told ESPN about Bradford's holdout. "I can't believe Sam Bradford is complaining about making $40 million in the next two years, and because he actually has to compete for a position."
To be fair, Bradford's holdout wasn't really about the amount of money he was set to make over the next two seasons, but rather his status as the Eagles' starting quarterback.
The holdout ended in an anticlimactic way, and now that Bradford is back with the team for OTAs, he says he's realized Philadelphia is "still the best place for me to be."
Bradford left voluntary workouts after the Eagles traded up for the second overall pick, which they used to select quarterback Carson Wentz. Bradford then sought a trade, but it never materialized and he returned to join the team for OTAs.
Following the Eagles' OTA session on Tuesday, Bradford said that even though he signed a two-year deal with the Eagles, he was hoping to build a long-term career in Philadelphia. The Eagles' decision to draft Wentz sent a clear message about the team's future plans at quarterback.
"If I continue to play at a high level each week on the field, if we are winning games, I think I will be the starting quarterback and I will be out there," Bradford said. "With that being said, I'm not completely naive. You realize the organization made a move to get up to No. 2 (in the draft), at some point it's probably not going to be my team."
Still, the Eagles have been transparent about the fact that they expect Bradford to be the starter in 2016.
"Sam's still the starter," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. "Carson has a long way to go with this system. He's learning every day, but Sam's the guy. I expect Sam not to look over his shoulder. I expect Sam to look forward. He is getting ready for the season. He is getting ready for Cleveland (in the season opener). That's what I expect from Sam."
So the Eagles are set with Bradford as the starter, and at this point, Pederson seems to think it's unlikely that Wentz would see the field as a rookie.
"That's hard to say when I've got Chase Daniel sitting there," Pederson said.
Pederson has a unique understanding of Bradford's perspective. A former NFL quarterback, Pederson was penciled in as the Eagles' starter in 1999 while the team developed the player they had selected with the second overall pick in that year's draft, Donovan McNabb.
Bradford took first-team reps during OTAs on Tuesday. Daniel, who signed a three-year deal with the Eagles this offseason, handled second-team reps. According to Brandon Lee Gowton from Bleeding Green Nation, Pederson worked very closely with Wentz, who practiced with the third-team unit.
Even if Wentz is the Eagles' future at quarterback, it's still Bradford's job to lose -- at least as of May.