Eagles are not expected to use franchise tag on QB Sam Bradford, per league sources, though they still have some interest in re-signing him.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2016
According to Schefter, league sources say while the Eagles may not want to use the franchise tag for Bradford, that doesn't eliminate the chance he could return to Philadelphia.
The Eagles are, however, expected to consider other quarterback options.
Schefter does say former Philadelphia quarterback and current backup for the Los Angeles Rams Nick Foles is a name to watch in the Eagles' search this off-season.
Sources tell Schefter that new Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, who was on the team's staff when Foles was drafted in 2012, is interested in bringing him back.
A name to watch with Eagles' off-season QB maneuvers: Nick Foles. Eagles' HC Doug Pederson drafted Foles and is interested, per NFL sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 7, 2016
However, if the Eagles could land Foles that might free Bradford to return to the Rams.
Foles or Bradford?— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) February 7, 2016
Foles has a better TD, INT & Rating per game + Completion %, Pro Bowl MVP & Started Playoff Game pic.twitter.com/JCPqS5HHqt
Under the Chip Kelly regime, the Eagles traded Foles for Bradford last March.
In the deal, the Eagles also received a 5th round draft pick in 2015. The Rams received a 4th round pick in 2015, as well as a 2nd round pick in 2016.
After learning of the trade, Foles took to Twitter to thank Philadelphia fans:
"Thankful for the opportunity to start my career in Philly. Going to miss my teammates & Eagles fans who supported me."
Thankful for the opportunity to start my career in Philly. Going to miss my teammates & Eagles fans who supported me. pic.twitter.com/x40rRlWzZJ— Nick Foles (@NFoles_9) March 11, 2015
While Bradford's future in Philly is in question, the Eagles have been busy signing up players including defensive end Vinny Curry, offensive tackle Lane Johnson, and tight ends Brent Celek and Zach Ertz.