Arizona Cardinals land their quarterback
The Arizona Cardinals landed quarterback Sam Bradford on Tuesday ahead of the official free agency period opening on Wednesday
The Arizona Cardinals got their quarterback. Welcome Sam Bradford to the desert. As much as we should be excited about the Cardinals finally getting a quarterback, Bradford is far from the quarterback.
The day started with Kirk Cousins in the mix. It was reported that the Cardinals were ready to offer Cousins 5-years for $145 million. In the end they get Bradford for a reported $20 million in 2018 and an option year in 2019 for $15 million.
Look for Bradford to be the starter but it will be highly disappointing if the Cardinals were done at the position. Now they must go out and draft high in the April NFL Draft.
Bradford affords them the opportunity to make a run at a top draft pick. However there is so much risk in bringing Bradford aboard. He missed most of 2017 with an aggravation of his previous ACL injuries. He’s only played two full seasons in his career, in 2010 and 2012.
Bradford lead the NFL in completion percentage at 62 percent in 2016 but last year was a lost season for him with the Minnesota Vikings. He said he was healthy though prior to the postseason.
We’ll see what happens but if Bradford wants to make it through the year, he absolutely needs offensive line protection. If you remember the last we saw of that line, it was frightening.
Another target in free agency was guard Andrew Norwell. However it is rumored he will be signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Cardinals need to continue to re-tool on the line however.
If Bradford can stay healthy, and that’s a BIG if, then maybe he can keep the Cardinals afloat for the next year of two while they get their franchise quarterback ready to go. In a perfect world, that’s what will happen.
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However when it comes to the Cardinals, we all know nothing is perfect, far from it. Rarely do things go according to plan around here, so stay tuned.