The desperation of the Minnesota Vikings forced an unbelievably rare move that was a no-brainer when you consider all that’s at stake. Having lost their starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a horrendous knee injury this week, the team sent a 2017 first and a 2018 fourth round pick to the Eagles for Sam Bradford, who was on borrowed time in Philadelphia.
The revealing nature of this deal should be an eye opener to us all. By now we’ve heard just how devastating Bridgewater’s injury was. Reports state he narrowly escaped amputation due to “arterial strangulation”, but was saved due to the quick response of the Vikings medical staff. Ultimately, he came away with a complete tear of his ACL, and dislocated knee cap.
Reading between the lines, the Vikings willingness to surrender a first round pick signals serious doubts about whether they believe Bridgewater can return in time for next season. There could even be a fear he may not ever be the same player, forcing the team to pull the trigger on a type of trade we rarely ever see in this league, to acquire a starting caliber player.
With the Vikes opening a brand new stadium this season, their Hall of Fame running back playing what could be his final year in “Purple & Gold” and a defense primed to make a run at the NFC Title, it would have been difficult for the team to sit on it’s hands, and let the loss of Bridgewater void what could be a very successful 2016 campaign. Eagles General Manager, Howie Roseman, ever the opportunist, struck a deal with Vikings GM Rick Spielman this morning, and the fortunes of both teams have taken a dramatic turn on a day we thought would be dominated by news of teams cutting down to their final 53 man rosters. Let’s explain how the key Dynasty option on both teams will be affected.