Cardinals bring in Bradford on 1-year deal

Jonathan Hernandez
March 15, 2018

Sam Bradford #8 of the Minnesota Vikings drops back to pass the ball in the third quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints on September 11, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As the NFL's quarterback carousel keeps turning, Sam Bradford intends to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. Arizona reportedly is doubling-down on the QB stiffs with the intention to also add Mike Glennon on a one-year deal.

The free-agency period officially opens at 1:00 on Wednesday. When word leaked that Cousins had a deal with Minnesota, the dominos began to fall for other teams in search of a quarterback. It might not be quite as dire as the one Bradford surprisingly thrived working behind in Minnesota two seasons ago, but it's not that far off. In his sophomore season, he missed six games due to injury. The Cardinals had a vital need at quarterback after Carson Palmer's retirement.

The Cardinals needed a quarterback, so going for a veteran makes sense. On March 10, 2015, he was traded from the Rams to the Eagles. After five seasons plagued with knee injuries and a losing record of 18-30-1, Bradford was shipped to the Philadelphia Eagles.

In his first season, Bradford took home offensive rookie of the year honors.

By giving Bradford a one-year deal with an option, the Cardinals are essentially taking a look-see at the potential that made him the first overall pick in 2010. They have two now, but the biggest piece of the puzzle is yet to come in the NFL Draft in Arlington, Texas, April 26-28.

The contract can not be finalized until the new league year opens on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.

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