Report: Sam Bradford to sign with the Arizona Cardinals
The first few major dominoes have fallen in free agency with the biggest being Pro Bowl quarterback Kirk Cousins reportedly deciding to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed deal with the Minnesota Vikings. This had immediately pushed the other remaining quarterback-needy teams around the league to find other suitable options on the open market.
Among those teams is the Arizona Cardinals, who were one of the few franchises that were reportedly pursuing Cousins before he chose to join the Vikings. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Cardinals have moved fast to ink a possible short-term solution to their quarterback situation by agreeing to a one-year, $20 million deal with Sam Bradford.
Sam Bradford to Arizona: 1-year for $20M, including $15M guaranteed; 1-year option for $20M, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
The addition of Bradford should likely provide much stability at the quarterback position for the 2018 season. When healthy, he has shown to be a dependable option under center that could be an effective passer. However, he has dealt with injuries throughout much of his career that has prevented him from truly fulfilling his potential.
The 30-year-old had missed all but two games last season due to issues in his knee that related to his two pair of ACL tears. He did show much promise in the season opener putting up a nearly flawless performance by completing 27-of-32 passes for three touchdowns while holding a 143.0 passer rating. Although the Cardinals are committing a huge amount of money, Bradford’s injury history and a short-term deal should signal that the team may look to add another quarterback through free agency or the upcoming draft.
Bradford will a few All-Pro talents around him in Arizona with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson that could lend well to helping the team bounce back next season. Fitzgerald is coming back for his 15th year but is still playing at an elite level after putting together his third straight campaign with at least 100 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards. Meanwhile, Johnson is expected to ready at some point over the offseason and should put him in line to prove he is still one of the league’s best all-around running backs.