East Notes: Bradford, Jets, Bills, Dolphins

Before re-signing him, the Eagles didn’t tell Sam Bradford they intended to draft a quarterback high in the first round, agent Tom Condon tells Sal Paolantonio of ESPN.com. And while Bradford is put off by the Eagles’ plan to draft his replacement, the former first overall pick also isn’t thrilled about the fact that the team gave up so many other assets to move up to the No. 2 spot.

“It’s his right to demand a trade and he wants to be traded,” Condon said. “Basically, our contention is that the team could have used the draft picks on offensive and defensive players for this season, to win this season. If the plan was to build for the future, where does that leave Sam this year?”

As we wait to see if anything happens with the Bradford situation this week, let’s check in on several other items from out of the NFL’s East divisions…

  • Within his latest look at the Muhammad Wilkerson saga in New York, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News notes that the Jets made a “Hail Mary attempt” to move up to the No. 1 pick before Los Angeles nabbed that pick from Tennessee. Mehta suggests that Gang Green would have been targeting Jared Goff if the long-shot trade attempt had worked out.
  • Veteran running back Matt Forte, who signed with the Jets last month, is hoping that the team re-signs quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, as he said during an appearance on CBS Sports Radio (link via Brian Costello of the New York Post). “I’d be disappointed [if I don’t] get to work with him [given that he was here] last year and the good job he did,” Forte said. “But at the same time, you have to prepare yourself for the worst or if that doesn’t happen.”
  • One source tells Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News (Twitter link) that Bills senior offensive assistant Chris Palmer “loves” quarterback Paxton Lynch. However, it’s very possible the Memphis product will be off the board by the time Buffalo picks at No. 19. On Tuesday, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report reported that the Bills are quite high on the QB.
  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald provides a handful of updates from the Dolphins‘ voluntary minicamp, noting within his piece that the team didn’t show any interest in cornerback Josh Norman when his camp was allowed to seek a trade before his franchise tag was rescinded.

Zach Links contributed to this post.

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