As it turns out, the Philadelphia Eagles traded their starting quarterback and a second-round draft pick in exchange for an injured quarterback who might be banished to the sidelines in Week 1.
Bradford has acknowledged that this ACL recovery has been more laborious than last offseason's rehab.
Whether that means Bradford will split first-team reps evenly with Sanchez remains to be seen in training camp. This week's primary takeaway from Philadelphia, though, is that Bradford is far from a lock to open the season under center.
Here's what else we learned in Thursday's OTAs:
- Less than 24 hours after releasing a statement insisting his absence from OTAs had "nothing to do with being traded," Adrian Petersonunfurled a Twitter jeremiad ostensibly designed to convince the organization to guarantee a significant portion of the three years and $45 million remaining on his contract. The irony, of course, is that Peterson would rather the Vikingsnot honor his contract, so he could gain his freedom and draw a paycheck from the team of his choice.
- The Packers will continue to experiment with Clay Matthewsat inside linebacker in base personnel packages. Coach Mike McCarthy was careful to point out, however, that Matthews won't be limited to one position. "He's a great pass-rusher, and he's going to continue to play as many different positions as we could possibly get out of him," McCarthy said. "We need to utilize Clay as much as we can."
- The Colts rookie class has made quite the first impression. After watching speedy first-round wideout Phillip Dorsettsteal the spotlight earlier this month, fourth-round safety Clayton Geathers is exceeding expectations. Coach Chuck Pagano is already mixing Geathers in with the first-team defense, while adding a dime-package linebacker role to his responsibilities. It's similar to the role Cardinals first-round pick Deone Bucannon played last season.