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Vikings QB Sam Bradford ‘absolutely’ wants to play next season

Sam Bradford, Vikings

In the season opener of the 2017 campaign for the Minnesota Vikings, quarterback Sam Bradford had arguably the best game of his NFL career. Bradford looked like the quarterback everyone thought he’d be when the then-St. Louis Rams drafted him with the No. 1 pick in 2010 as he proceeded to dominate the New Orleans Saints in Week 1.

Unfortunately, after earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, Bradford’s persistent injury problems flared up once again following his impressive performance against the Saints. A knee injury kept Bradford sidelined for all but one more game during the 2017 NFL season in which he didn’t last long before having to be taken out due to soreness in his injured knee. Although injuries have plagued his career in the league, Bradford wants to continue playing, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL.com.

With Bradford intending to play in 2018, the question is whether a team will take a chance on the veteran quarterback. The Vikings might be on the verge of parting ways with one or two of their talented quarterbacks on their current roster with Bradford more than likely to be looking for a new team in NFL free agency.

Along with Bradford, Case Keenum and Teddy Bridgewater have uncertain futures heading into the offseason. Both quarterbacks have shown the ability to be productive starters in the NFL and will likely find another gig in the league if they aren’t retained by the Vikings.

As for Bradford, it would be safe to assume the rest of his career will be as a backup unless another team is willing to take the risk of him being under center for 16 games as an injury prone starter. Minnesota was an ideal situation for Bradford with the insurance behind him, but unless a team is desperate and out of options, his days as a starter in the NFL are likely over.