Sam Bradford headed back to the NFC West
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Mar 14, 2018,
Mar 14, 2018, 5:44
Adds background.The Arizona Cardinals finally found their quarterback.
Staying on the offense, the offensive line is a unit that could use some upgrading, as the Cardinal quarterbacks were sacked a combine 52 times in 2017.
The day started with Kirk Cousins in the mix.
Bradford is one of three Vikings quarterbacks that will become unrestricted free agents on March 14. The former first-overall pick has already surpassed $114 million in career earnings, including $25 million from the Vikings, before his new deal with the Cardinals, according to OverTheCap.com. However there is so much risk in bringing Bradford aboard. The University of Oklahoma product missed the entirety of the 2014 season with a torn ACL. The Vikings let him walk after seeing him once again spend most of the season in street clothes watching the games get played by someone else.
Bradford, 30, was acquired by the Minnesota Vikings from the Philadelphia Eagles following Teddy Bridgewater's season-ending injury before the 2016 season in exchange for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick. He said he was healthy though prior to the postseason. Free agent receivers (per www.nfl.com) include Eric Decker, Terrelle Pryor, Michael Floyd (former Cardinal), Mike Wallace and John Brown who previous year 21 receptions for 299 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2017 for Arizona.
It remains be seen how hard the Vikings will look to retain Johnson, who made $2.35 million last season.
Minnesota has expressed preliminary interest in Tampa Bay free-agent guard Kevin Pamphile. However it is rumored he will be signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The last time Bradford was healthy for almost an entire season, he was one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the NFL.
However when it comes to the Cardinals, we all know nothing is ideal, far from it.
Things didn't go according to plan.