Did Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman Hire Tonya Harding?

Updated on September 8, 2016

I can't believe how lucky Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman is. The man completely botched the quarterback situation with the team this offseason, yet was completely bailed out when Teddy Bridgewater blew out his knee. It's almost as if Howie knew something would happen.

Now I don't have any proof that Roseman hired ex-figure skater Tonya Harding and her goons to take out Bridgewater, but it all seems mighty suspicious.

If you remember back in 2004 Harding had her husband Jeff Gillooly and his associates try to take out the competition, namely Nancy Kerrigan. We all saw the video of Kerrigan whining "Why!? Why!?", like she was dying, even though it turned out that she only had a bruise above her knee. I don't know exactly where knee-whacker Eric Standt is right now, but it wouldn't surprise me if he lived in the Minnesota area.

I mean, how lucky can Roseman be? He desperately needed to rid his roster of Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater magically goes down with a horrific knee injury without being touched? I smell a conspiracy.

Roseman signed Bradford to a 2-year, $36 million dollar contract in the offseason. Then he proceeded to give career backup QB Chase Daniel a 3-year, $21 million contract. That gave the Eagles the most expensive QB tandem in the entire NFL. And that tandem was named Bradford and Daniel. That's not exactly, Montana and Young or Favre and Rodgers. While I thought Roseman grossly overpaid for both QBs, it did make sense if the Eagles were truly going to try to win a weak NFC East this season. But all that soon changed.

Roseman traded Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell to Miami in order to swap first round picks. That moved the Eagles up from No. 13 to No. 8 in the draft. Then, Roseman gave that pick, plus a 2017 1st rounder and 2018 2nd rounder to Cleveland to trade up to No. 2 overall. He used that pick to draft the future face of the Eagles franchise; quarterback Carson Wentz.

Each of these moves on their own might make sense, but all three together was an absolute disaster waiting to happen.

Eagles GM Howie Roseman (L) and owner Jeffrey Lurie (R)
Eagles GM Howie Roseman (L) and owner Jeffrey Lurie (R)

Roseman began talking out of both sides of his mouth. In one breath, he said the Eagles were trying to compete for the NFC East Division crown in 2016. In the next breath, he gushed about how Wentz was the kind of franchise QB that every GM dreams about. It made no sense. And it took a toll on Bradford and the team.

Bradford and his agent obviously knew that Bradford was not in the Eagles' plans beyond this season. They staged an awkward and useless minicamp walkout before doing an about-face and saying all the right things about being a team player. But all this time, Bradford's agent, Tom Condon, was working to get his client out of Philly. It has been reported that Condon was the one who initially contacted the Vikings about trading for Bradford. (Hmmmm, maybe it was Condon who reached out to the "Harding Crew?") In any event, the Vikings decided that they were desperate enough to trade for Bradford.

Roseman somehow got the Vikings to offer a 2017 1st round pick and a conditional 2018 4th round pick that becomes a 3rd round pick if the Vikings make it to the NFC Championship Game and becomes a 2nd round pick if the Vikings win the Super Bowl and Bradford plays 80% of the snaps this season. That is so outrageous, it shouldn't even be possible for a player of Bradford's limited accomplishments as a pro. Yet, that's exactly what Roseman got for a QB he didn't even want.

And now everyone is hailing Roseman as a genius. I say he is an idiot who got lucky (or took a page out of figure skating history.)

Did Howie Roseman think this was an ad?
Did Howie Roseman think this was an ad?

The Eagles were prepared to waste an entire NFL season using Bradford at quarterback, while Wentz sat on the bench. They said he would learn the NFL game that way, but the NFL doesn't work like that anymore. High draft picks just don't sit on the bench for a year or two anymore. Some point to Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay as an example of a QB who sat for a few years and is now one of the best QBs in the league. Of course, that ignores the fact that Rodgers was sitting behind a first-ballot Hall of Famer and franchise icon in Brett Favre. Bradford is neither a future Hall of Famer nor a franchise icon. No, QBs aren't groomed on the bench in today's NFL. They learn on the field. Look at names like Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Matt Ryan, Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger , and Russell Wilson. All of them started right away and some of them even made the playoffs in their first season.

Now, I'm not saying that Wentz will lead the Eagles to the playoffs this year. On the contrary, I think the Eagles will stink this season. Even in a weak NFC East, the Eagles are clearly the worst team in the division. A suspect offensive line, iffy running back situation and possibly the worst collection of WRs in the league don't exactly make the team look like a playoff contender. But I didn't think the Eagles were going to win with Bradford as their QB either. It's not like he ever led a team to the playoffs in his NFL career.

At least Sam Bradford (L) won't have to look over his shoulder for Carson Wentz (R) in Minnesota
At least Sam Bradford (L) won't have to look over his shoulder for Carson Wentz (R) in Minnesota

At least now the rebuilding project gets underway immediately, instead of being delayed a year. We need to know now if Wentz is the real deal or if Roseman has once again picked an absolute bust in the first round.

Speaking of which, everyone is so happy that the Eagles got a first round pick for Bradford, but it's still Roseman making that pick and his track record of late first round picks, where the Vikings pick will obviously fall, is incredibly bad. Remember Danny Watkins and Marcus Smith? Roseman had to own up to those 1st round busts. Now he's back in charge of the draft. What could possibly go wrong?

Former 2011 first round draft pick Danny Watkins (center) is now a firefighter in Dallas
Former 2011 first round draft pick Danny Watkins (center) is now a firefighter in Dallas

And what if Bradford wasn't traded and played well this season for the Eagles. The obvious plan was that Roseman would be able to trade Bradford in the offseason and Wentz could step in as the starting QB next season. But is that really how it would have worked out? Was the plan really to hand the reigns of a playoff caliber team over to an untested QB next season, while trading away the guy who just led the team to the playoffs? That would not have gone over well with the fans or the players on the team.

If Bradford had a bad season for the Eagles, he would have had no trade value and the Eagles would have wasted most of this coming season trying to build up the trade value of an average-at-best talent.

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Instead, Roseman gets a bag of magic beans and finds the Gillooly....I mean goose that lays the Golden Eggs, in the form of a desperate Minnesota Vikings team.

A freak injury to another team's QB bailed Roseman out of an offseason filled with tragically bad roster decisions at the most important position in the NFL. I just wonder if it really was luck or if there was something more sinister at hand. Somebody call Tonya Harding and find out where she and her boys were last week.


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