It was not the first time this week that an Eagles operative drew comparisons between Bradford and the cream of the NFL's quarterback crop.
Kelly watched Bradford's film "hundreds" of times while researching the trade, Lurie added. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, perhaps the strongest advocate for the trade, was the play-caller during Bradford's Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign back in 2010.
If not, the Eagles are back to square one, joining a dozen other teams in the obsessive hunt for that most elusive NFL asset.
Kelly can identify with that stark sentiment.