The announcement of quarterback Sam Bradford’s two-year, $36 million deal should bring consistency to the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2016-2017 season. Over the course of his tenure, former Eagles Head Coach Chip Kelly traded several starters and key players, including quarterback Nick Foles, running back Lesean “Shady” McCoy, and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Ending the season 7-9, and failing to make the playoffs, the Eagles released Coach Chip Kelly in week 16 of the regular season, replaced by interim coach Pat Shurmur for week 17. On Jan. 18 2016 the Eagles revealed that former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson would replace Kelly as Eagles head coach.

On March 1, 2016, QB Bradford tacked a two-year, $36 million deal onto his contract. After a 2015 filled with roster changes, re-signing Bradford maintains the core of the Eagles offense lending much-needed stability to a tumultuous locker room. With the addition of Eagles coaching staff, including new head coach Pederson, Bradford’s return signals increased constancy. Oddly, Bradford allegedly turned down a 2015 deal to the tune of four years and $72 million.

The 2015 acquisition of running back DeMarco Murray from division rival Dallas Cowboys, Bradford’s teammate from their university days at Oklahoma, illustrated the Eagles’ commitment to Bradford as their franchise quarterback. Despite a rocky 2015 season, Philadelphia has remained faithful in keeping Bradford as the heart of its offense.

Newcomer Doug Pederson's arrival from Kansas City should provide further strength, as Pederson served on the Eagles coaching staff from 2009 to 2013. With then-Eagles head coach Andy Reid's departure to the Chiefs, Pederson left with Reid, where he became the Chiefs' offensive coordinator. Through the addition of Pederson as head coach, and bringing in Bradford and Murray, the Eagles have bolstered their offensive unit after Kelly's heavy roster changes.

the 2016-2017 season will undoubtedly be one of change: a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, a new offensive system. Bradford's return should lessen the impact of major changes, maintaining team cohesion and dependability in the midst of transition.

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