Elvis is in the building.
Sam Bradford, the Eagles' starting quarterback who left the offseason workout program and asked to be traded after the team moved up to draft QB Carson Wentz second overall, returned to NovaCare on Monday morning, team sources said.
Bradford issued a statement through ESPN's Adam Schefter: "I'm excited to be back on the field today with my teammates and coaches. The business side of football is sometimes a necessary consideration. My attention and efforts are focused on the participation in and preparation for a championship season: I am committed to my teammates and the Eagles organization for nothing less."
Bradford's return was heralded by defensive end Connor Barwin in an interview on 94WIP.
"He'll be here today – I talked to him," Barwin said, as heard on a podcast of the interview. "I think I'm like the Sam Bradford news [organization] – reporting for Sam, but he'll be here today ….He texted me and said, 'I'll see you tomorrow.' I said, 'I can't wait, man.'"
Barwin also said Bradford won't find any problems in the locker room after missing time and demanding a trade.
"I think they'll be excited to have him back," Barwin said. "At the end of the day, all that we really care about in the locker room is who is the best quarterback, who's going to help us win games. Right now, we're excited – we know we drafted Carson Wentz – but I think most of this locker room, or all of us, understand that Sam is our starting quarterback, and he's going to be the best quarterback to help us win next year. So we're excited to have him back."
The Eagles have been working in their offseason program for more than a month, but Bradford has not missed any full-team, on-field work. The team had a voluntary minicamp April 19-21, which Bradford attended. They have an organized team activities May 17-19, May 24-26, and May 31-June 3. The mandatory minicamp is June 7-9.
"Really, he missed one week," Barwin said. "There's a number of others who missed one week throughout the last month or so. So he missed a couple days, he's coming back and everything is back to normal."
Fans might feel otherwise, but they have plenty of time to get used to Bradford's return, with training camp still mor than two months distant.