Leave it to Michael Bennett to completely ridicule Sam Bradford’s recent tantrum with the Philadelphia Eagles after the franchise drafted Carson Wentz No. 2 overall.
Speaking on ESPN 710’s “Brock and Salt” show Tuesday, he absolutely ripped Bradford for “complaining” about having to compete for a job, via Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com:
“I listened to Sam Bradford again. I just almost threw up. 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. This guy… this guy right here definitely sets a bad tone of what a player should be.”
Never one to sugar-coat how he feels, Bennett then delved into how he’d feel if he were Bradford’s teammate:
“If I was his teammate, how can you play with a guy that doesn’t want to compete at a high level and feels like his position should be solidified without even putting up the stats or the wins to back that up?”
Indeed, one can imagine most players — if not all of them — share these sentiments.
Bradford signed a two-year contract with the Eagles back on March 1. It was understood that he’d be the team’s starter heading into April, even though the Eagles also laid down a pretty penny for backup Chase Daniel not long after.
Then, of course, Philly gave up the farm to move up from No. 8 to No. 2, and everyone knew they’d draft either Wentz or Jared Goff with that pick. When they actually did select Wentz, as we know, Bradford got fussy about it and even demanded a trade. When no teams were really that interested, it was clear he was stuck with the Eagles.
Even now, he’s back with the team and is the clear No. 1 for this year.
The thing about all this is, Bradford had to know, based on the Eagles giving him a two-year deal with most of the guaranteed money coming in 2016, he wasn’t long-term answer.
He knows for sure now, and it’s hard to imagine he’ll get a ton of respect from his teammates in Philly’s locker room, based on his actions. One thing’s certain: Bradford must be glad Bennett isn’t one of them.