Cardinals QB Sam Bradford sent Josh Rosen a text with a promise to mentor
The Arizona Cardinals seemingly answered their immediate need under center with the lucrative signing of former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford this offseason. However, their need for a more long-term option spurred them to trade up and select former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
As a result, there is speculation that Bradford may be hesitant to teach Rosen what he can about being an NFL quarterback. However, the veteran made it clear during a scene in the Cardinals’ documentary, “Flight Plan,” that he is happy to serve as a mentor:
“Sam just texted me. Bradford,” Rosen tells his agent, Ryan Williams.
Rosen read the text out loud.
“He said, ‘Josh, what’s up, man? Welcome to Arizona,’” Rosen reads. “‘Just wanted to let you know that I look forward to playing with you. I’ll be an open book, so if you ever need anything or have any questions, feel free to ask. Hope all is well.’”
It is encouraging to see that Bradford is willing to step into the bridge role for Arizona. Despite his injury-riddled career, he has largely been a starter for every team he’s played for. However, it seems he understands his days are numbered at this point in his career. Besides, teaching Rosen the ropes is likely the least he can after the Cardinals signed him to a two-year, $20 million deal with $15 million guaranteed.
Just because Rosen is destined to become the franchise quarterback some day, that does not mean Bradford is ready to relinquish his status as the starter any time soon. He was enjoying quite the resurgence in Minnesota prior to the knee injury that ended his 2017 campaign early. That said, he is likely hoping to give it one more shot before officially calling it quits.