The Arizona Cardinals are reportingly signing quarterback Sam Bradford to a one-year deal worth about $20 million. The deal also includes another optional year. Ian Rapoport shared the news of the signing on Twitter.
The #AZCardinals are signing QB Sam Bradford to a 1-year deal worth $20M, source said, with an option year at $20M.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018
Bradford joined the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 when the Vikings traded for him from the Philadelphia Eagles after Teddy Bridgewater went down with a knee injury. He was poised to have a great year in 2017 but suffered from his own knee injury.
Injuries have followed Bradford throughout his career. After being drafted by the Rams in 2010, he had back-to-back ACL injuries in 2013 and 2014. The only time he has ever played a full 16 games was in 2010 and 2012.
The Cardinals were quick to try and sign a quarterback after losing the bid for Kirk Cousins to the Vikings. The one-year deal with an option shows that they do not see Bradford as their quarterback of the future. It could happen, but right now Bradford is seen as a guy to get them into position to acquire another quarterback either through the draft or free agency.
Bradford does not add much to the Cardinals. Yes, Bradford was playing well with the Vikings, but it has more to do with how the Vikings function as a team rather than Bradford’s play. The Vikings had a number of weapons to help Bradford do well. The Cardinals have some but not enough to turn heads. This may be Bradford’s last chance to prove he has what it takes to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.