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Sam Bradford to the Arizona Cardinals

The former Ram, Eagle, and Viking doesn't have the big arm, but provides Arizona with high-level accuracy and steadiness at the position, unless they find a franchise quarterback.


Kahron Spearman


Quarterback Sam Bradford is signing with the Arizona Cardinals, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Per Schefter, the agreement is a one-year, $20 million deal with $15 million guaranteed, and a team option at $20 million for a second season. 

With Kirk Cousins coming into Minnesota as anticipated, Bradford needed to another team on deck. The Cardinals are making a high-value play, given Kirk Cousins/Vikings reset of the market for quarterbacks.

In Bradford, the Cardinals landed a steady veteran quarterback, though one who has had his share of injury issues. He'll manage the offense, complete a high percentage of his passes (71.8 percent of them in his two seasons in Minnesota) and limit turnovers (just five interceptions in his past 17 games). Bradford isn't an elite option at the positionhe's never thrown for more than 21 touchdowns in a seasonbut at the very least he's a steady short-term option.

Bradford sustained a non-contact injury in his left knee (same knee as two previous ACL injuries) during the 2017 season opener and his knee failed to regain stability. Case Keenum, now headed to the Broncos, eventually eclipsed Bradford.

The 30-year-old was traded for by the Minnesota Vikings from the Philadelphia Eagles immediately after Teddy Bridgewater's awful season-ending knee injury before the 2016 season.

Bradford played well, throwing for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five interceptions with a 71.6 percent completion percentage.

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