Another free agent quarterback found a home on Tuesday.
Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford plans to sign with the Arizona Cardinals once he officially can, and will likely be the team’s starting quarterback in 2018. Mike Glennon is expected to serve as his primary backup, who will also sign with the Cardinals once the NFL’s legal tampering period is over.
Bradford’s contract with Arizona will be a one-year, $20 million deal that includes $15 million in guarantees. The contract also guarantees an option for the 2019 season worth $20 million. This transaction also rules out another landing spot for A.J. McCarron, who is a free agent for the first time in his career after servings as a backup to Andy Dalton with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bradford originally opened the 2017 season as the starting quarterback for the Vikings, but a non-contact knee injury in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints caused him to miss a month’s worth of action, and then when he returned in Week 5 versus the Chicago Bears, Bradford once again injured the same knee. He ended up getting healthy, but was serving as the main backup to Case Keenum, who is now with the Denver Broncos, come playoff time.
The biggest issue for Bradford since he entered the league in 2010 is staying healthy. The former Heisman Trophy winner has only played all 16 games in a season twice, and his knee injuries have been at the center of his health demise. Bradford missed half of the 2013 season because of a torn ACL, and then all of 2014 after he tore his ACL once again.
Arizona reportedly thinks very highly of Bradford, and they will need him to perform highly in a division that features Jared Goff, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Russell Wilson as the other starting quarterbacks in the division. Bradford was ranked 28th on The Game Day Report’s free agent rankings list.
For his career, Bradford has thrown for 19,049 yards and 101 touchdowns. He has a career passer rating of 85.1, and a completion percentage of 62.5%.
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