Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson expects Sam Bradford to return to the club, despite the fact the quarterback demanded a trade after the Eagles traded up to select Carson Wentz in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Upon acquiring the second overall pick, Bradford was reportedly livid and demanded a trade shortly thereafter. The Eagles quarterback has missed voluntary workouts, but Johnson believes Bradford will return for organized team activities.
"I haven't really talked to him, but word on the street, from guys that have, is that he'll be back pretty quick and be ready for OTAs," Johnson said Sunday on 97.5 The Fanatic. "I expect him to be back, this week or probably next week, that's the word on the street, anyway."
Bradford is projected to be Philadelphia's starting quarterback in 2016, barring a trade or a sublime performance by Wentz in training camp. Johnson believes having Wentz on the roster will push Bradford to new heights.
"You know, I think the deal with Carson being here, I think that will just bring the best out of Sam, as far as that's concerned," Johnson said. "When you have competition like that, I think it'll be a good thing for us."
Although it appears unlikely he'll be supplanted in the starting lineup for 2016, Bradford remains noncommittal to the team. With Wentz projected as the Eagles' quarterback of the future, it'll be compelling to see how the competition plays out.
- With h/t to NFL.com