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Cardinals could target Sam Bradford instead of Kirk Cousins

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After the retirement of Carson Palmer, the Arizona Cardinals are looking for a new starting quarterback. The team will have plenty of options in NFL free agency with Kirk Cousins expected to be a player they might target to be Palmer’s successor.

Cousins will be one of the most sought-after players in free agency during the NFL offseason with a number of teams expected to show interest. Although Cousins might receive a call from the Cardinals, the team could focus more on pursuing Sam Bradford, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

The Cardinals have to find a quarterback, and the hunch I get is that its far more likely they go for a bridge guy like Sam Bradford than a mega-deal with Kirk Cousins. I expect them to draft one high as well. A David Johnson extension will be on the front burner, and they have until March 14 to make a determination on Tyrann Mathieu; his $11 million in combined salary and roster bonus becomes guaranteed then. The execs I spoke to believed the Cardinals would pay that but seek to get Deone Bucannon off the $9 million fifth-year option and on a longer-term deal at a lower cap number.

With Bradford’s injury history, he’s obviously not the long-term option for the Cardinals if they decide to go in that direction. Arizona may be unwilling to invest in a franchise-caliber quarterback that’ll come at a premium, but this also may mean they’ll only go so far in what could be Larry Fitzgerald final NFL season.

Other teams that will likely pursue Cousins in free agency include the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, and Jacksonville Jaguars. As for Bradford, it remains uncertain what teams may be willing to invest in an injury prone who is now over 30.

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