Sam Bradford has signed a one-year, $20-million dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
The saga that is Bradford’s career has now landed in Arizona. It’s not your typical drama-ridden journey that you can see athletes have – with multiple arrests and or drug suspensions. Bradford’s story is much different.
After having one of the best college careers in recent memory, the St. Louis Rams took the Sooner with the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Bradford signed the most lucrative rookie contract in NFL history with 50-million guaranteed dollars. In just five seasons, he missed 31 games and suddenly, the player who was supposed to be the franchise savior was shipped to Philadelphia. Nick Foles came the other way, and we know how that turned out.
Bradford’s 2015 season as an Eagle was mediocre at best, so Philly traded up – as part of a succession of moves – with Cleveland and took Carson Wentz with the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. Bradford was supposed to be the stopgap before Wentz would take over, but when Teddy Bridgewater suffered one of the worst injuries you’ll see for Minnesota, Bradford was traded and quickly leading a talented Minnesota team.
“Sleeves” as he is known had a pretty impressive 2016 season as he broke the NFL record for completion percentage (71.6%). (Note: this record was immediately beaten last year by Drew Brees (72.0%)). But once again, in 2017, Bradford suffered an injury in week one that held him out long enough for Case Keenum to win the starting job.
Now, with Kirk Cousins in Minnesota, Sam Bradford’s time is officially over as a Viking. He’s now on to warmer weather in Arizona, so what does this mean for Bradford, David Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, and J.J. Nelson?