Vikings made bold move for plenty of reasons

As Vikings fans and Eagles fans try to adjust to a new reality that has Sam Bradford swapping wings for horns and green for purple, folks in Minnesota are both excited but anxious about the arrival of a former No. 1 overall pick who brings a nagging sense that he’s never lived up to that status — even though he was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year in 2010.

So why did the Vikings make the move? For plenty of reasons.

First, and as a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking explained it a bit less tactfully, the other options either via trade or the open market weren’t enticing. While it’s unknown whether the Vikings inquired about Josh McCown, the Browns wanted too much for the 37-year-old backup. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would have cost nearly $5 million more in 2016 salary, with no guarantee that his abilities would outweigh the inherent distraction he’d bring to a locker room featuring a former 49ers teammate who took loud exception to his refusal to stand for the anthem.

The free-agent options weren’t attractive either. The Vikings never even made a call about Michael Vick, a player who once upon a time made the Minnesota defense look like the Keystone Cops.

Second, before anyone interprets G.M. Rick Spielman’s recent remarks about Shaun Hill as the 2016 equivalent of having “no intent” to trade Percy Harvin, the Vikings have plenty of faith in Hill. But they were concerned about the ability of a 36-year-old quarterback to remain healthy for 16 games (and more, if the Vikings find their way to the postseason).

Third, the Vikings believe they still have the ammunition to move around in the 2017 draft, possibly even back into round one. They emerged from the 2016 draft with an extra three and a four, and they still have eight picks for next year. Spielman publicly has said his goal is to get ten picks. (Also, the Vikings think/hope/pray the first-round pick that goes to Philly in 2017 will be low in the round.)

Fourth, the Vikings did indeed feel compelled to have insurance for 2017, in the event Teddy Bridgewater isn’t ready to go in 2017. Yes, Adrian Peterson healed quickly from a torn ACL, but he only had a torn ACL; Bridgewater’s knee has more damage than that. Besides, other quarterbacks have never been the same after tearing knee ligaments, including Daunte Culpepper and, to date, Robert Griffin III.

Fifth, Bradford has fully recovered from his twice-torn ACL, and the Vikings were impressed by his performances at the end of the 2015 season and throughout the 2016 preseason. For the last five games of 2015, Bradford completed 67 percent of his passes and 7.24 yards per attempt. For the last three games of the season, he threw for 361 yards, 380 yards, and 320 yards.

In Minnesota, he likely won’t be asked to throw it quite so much, given the presence of his former Oklahoma teammate at tailback. And it’s safe to say that Mike Zimmer, Norv Turner, and Pat Shurmur (who has coached Bradford in Philadelphia and St. Louis) won’t try to cram Bradford into an offensive approach that doesn’t suit his skills and limitations.

Zimmer lives by the notion that coaches look at their entire team, and they devise playbooks and game plans aimed at maximizing the chances of winning games. They’ll use Bradford that way, along with every other guy who steps foot on the field.

Spielman lives by the notion that taking risks is inherent to his job. Too many General Managers don’t. Spielman always has, and more often than not it has paid off for him and the Vikings. While there’s no guarantee that Bradford will make the team as good or better than it would have been with Bridgewater, standing pat wasn’t an option — and none of the other options were appealing.

107 responses to “Vikings made bold move for plenty of reasons

  1. Sixth, NFL quarterbacks are hot commodities. Sam Bradford is set up for success as he’s now in the most talented offense he’s ever played in. If he performs well, and Teddy is recovering on schedule, he could be flipped for the same, or more, than the Vikings spent on him.

  2. They gave up a first rounder for a guy who they’re only going to have for one season. They could have saved that first rounder to build on to Teddy’s team when he returned. Besides, a bad season means that pick will be a high in the draft.

    Should’ve just gone all-in with Shaun Hill. He really is a solid backup QB and has won a lot of games, considering the teams he’s played for. And if they were really concerned with his ability to stay healthy, they could’ve just signed someone off the street like Matt Flynn to back him up

  3. The MN brain trust obviously feels the time is now. That being the case how could they not pull the trigger on this deal? Simply put, they made what they considered the best available move, time will tell but you have to respect the fortitude.

  4. Fascinating move. I can see Bradford thriving with the Vikings, especially since now he can feel wanted by a team. I think the Vikings just pulled back out of the toilet bowl that Bridgewater’s injury had plopped them into. Should be interesting to watch, that’s for sure. And I’m not even a Vikings’ fan.

  5. Spielman very clearly said he would not jeopardize the future of this organization. This is going to cost him his job.

  6. Breaking News: Hershel “Bradford” Walker traded to Vikings. In one fell swoop of the Spielman wand they give up their future.

  7. At first I was upset at this trade. I now realize that the Vikings HAD to find a QB and they have to expect that he’ll need to play this year. The Vikings can’t control the “going rate” for a starting QB. They paid what they had to, to get a starting QB. Hopefully he sits for awhile and gets acclimated . Don’t rush it

  8. Bears fan here. This is now the right thread for this post –

    I’m shocked at the responses. Y’all are focusing in the wrong injury now. You know who else gets hurt? Rodgers. He goes down, the Vikes probably have a bye in the first round with Bradford. Not with Hill.

    Would you like to pay less? Sure. But everyone is acting like the 20th pick in next year’s fir thest round is a slam dunk. Give me a break– just look at the Bears track record. I’ll give you 5 Bears first rounders for Bradford.

    Hate to say it but the Vikes CAN win now, IMO. Best coach in the division, new stadium, momentum, etc. You can’t just give up. They paid a premium, but there was a much worse alternative — doing nothing. I’m grudgingly impressed.

  9. I think the Vikes made the right move. Bradford has always had a big upside if he could only shake the injury bug.

    There is also a real possibility that Bridgewater might never fully recover from his devastating knee injury that is very similar to what happened to McGahee and Lattimore.

  10. These teams never learn. This works out never. We’ve been playing modern era football for 50 years, and never has a QB been dropped into a team this late and led them anywhere. The last time we saw this kind of train wreck to predictable conclusions was the 2011 Raiders trading a first round pick for Carson Palmer. Bradford was never good enough for teams he did know the playbook and players around him, but he’s going to be able to adapt quickly enough for one that he doesn’t know all of that, lol. All righty then.

  11. “Spielman lives by the notion that taking risks is inherent to his job. Too many General Managers don’t. Spielman always has, and more often than not it has paid off for him and the Vikings.”

    Really? How exactly?

    I mean honestly – how have the Vikings been the beneficiary of some risky moves that put hardware on their fingers?

    1 playoff appearance where they were 1-done?

    Talk about low expectations…

  12. At first, I hated the move. But, really, with a little thought, what are the options? This was a steep price, no doubt, but something had to be done.

    I like it a whole lot better than taking Ponder with the 12th overall. If you’re going to burn a first round pick, this one has much more potential upside.

  13. If I read one more post about “better to add onto Teddy’s team rather than using picks to get a QB” my head will explode. Does the whole state of Minnesota line up to drive teddy to all his doctor appointments…..it’s like the guy had a career as great as Joe Montana and Brett Favre and the countdown to his HOF ceremony is soon to start. Teddy is garbage

  14. Yeah, Bradford looked great in preseason last year too. How did that work out? All Spielman did was replace a aging journeyman QB with a somewhat younger journeyman QB (with lots of mileage).

    I guess Viking fans have to choke down the Kool-Aid somehow…

  15. I watched alot of Sam last year. He got a bad rap considering his receivers dropped nearly every pass thrown to them and DeMarco called it in. That being said after his post draft temper tantrum thanks for the #1 Vikings

  16. I doubt any other team was inquiring about Bradford,might have been able to get him for 3rd rounder….1st seems a little steep for a guy whose past history says he and Teddy might be able to carpool to rehab….

  17. When Kaepernick didn’t get traded to the Broncos I thought he might be traded in season to a team with playoff aspirations who lost their starter. That could of happened before he started his anthem protest, but now he’s radioactive. Whether or not you agree with the protest it has really put the 49ers in a bind to have a $12 M backup who can’t be traded and whose salary is guaranteed next year if injured.

  18. Yeah, Bradford looked great in preseason last year too. How did that work out? All Spielman did was replace a aging journeyman QB with a somewhat younger journeyman QB (with lots of mileage).

    I guess Viking fans have to choke down the Kool-Aid somehow…

  19. As a Vikings fan, I love the draft (always has as it’s our Super Bowl of hope, lol). Trading a 1st is risky and scary, but it had to be done. Living in enemy territory (Milwaukee), my daughter and I are deciding to go to the first game against GB. We want to experience it and with Bradford, a chance at winning that game and a successful season is at least more possible than that of Hill (who is an okay backup). You don’t get reward unless you take risks. We had to take one. Welcome to MN, Sam. Stay healthy, learn quick, and use the assets you have with a solid coach, D, run game, etc,

  20. Tin Foil Hat Time…I wonder how much brokering the NFL did for the Vikes to make this move… The NFL selected Philly for the 2017 draft next year and suddenly the Eagles have a first rounder fall into their laps for a very unproven player.

  21. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Yet ANOTHER retread QB the Vikings pay to get them to the playoffs. How’s that worked for you as a strategy since Culpepper in 04 guys?

    This is beautiful. Bradford sucks. And he’s expensive. So instead of the Vikings being 4-12 this year, now they’ll be 8-8 or so and STILL miss the playoffs AND get a mid-round draft pick. AND be out a 1st round pick????

    THEN Bradford will either be the starter again next year and STILL suck, OR he’ll be a disgruntled backup to Teddy 1 knee?

    Classic Vikings move. THIS is why Green Bay is ALWAYS better than Minny.

    >

  22. Let us examine the role of the backup QB on modern NFL rosters – shall we?

    The primary role of the backup QB is to prevent the GM from trading a 1st and 4th round pick in moment of sheer desperation for a journeyman QB should the starter go down.

    Nice done Shawn Hill.

  23. A lot of rationalization going on here. It is a bold move. Not really exciting. Big price paid. Hill will start first game. We’ll see if Sam ends up starting against the Packers at home. Hill cannot be relied upon for a full season.

    It’s a C+ decision that could become an A if Bradford comes in, stays healthy, and gets them into the playoffs. It will be an F If they fail to make the playoffs and Bridgewater is back next year.

    Anybody claiming its an A is a homer. Anyone who claims it’s an F is a hater. Time will tell.

    Twice torn ACL is really concerning even if they say “fully healed” – no such thing.

    Like I said, a lot of rationalization going on here.

  24. If Sam Bradford didn’t play well because he wasn’t “wanted,” i’m not sure I want him as the quarterback of my team. You know how you get wanted as a quarterback? be good.

  25. sphincterorleaveher ,
    So you do this deal because you’re worried about Bridgewater long term or because you think this team can win this year? Because anyone thinking Bradford can lead them anywhere, especially considering that QBs that get traded this close to the regular season or during the regular season never work out. Even if you look at it from the health perspective, there will be a few better options in this upcoming draft like Watson, Kelly, etc. that are better than this group from this year, and you just traded your pick in that round to maneuver to get one of them if it came to that. Spielman will get fired over this just like Hue Jackson did when he had a mulligan. Who in their right mind was going to blame him for something freaky like that happening as long as the team competed every week, which the latter still wouldn’t be on him since if the team quit, it would be on Zimmer? Now instead, he’s the buffoon who traded his first round pick for Sam Bradford.

  26. every place that Bradford has gone to, has had high hopes for him and he has disappointed at every stop. By all means keep writing that the narrative will change for this guy and this time it will be different because of x, y and z. never heard of another player earning more praise (and money) than him for so little production.

  27. I love listening to Packer fans bash this trade because Spielman overpaid. If anyone knows about overpaying for something that has no value, it would be the Packer “stock”holders. At least the possibility of value exists with Bradford. Unlike your $250 piece of paper

  28. It’s a move that puts the Vikings right back in a small group of teams poised to play football on Feb.5th 2017. At worst it’s a push bet at the QB position. The team is in a win now mode and Adrian Peterson is at the swan song phase of his career.

    This will be the best built offense Bradford’s ever played for. Solid move. Sure it’s a high price to pay (1st & 4th round pick) but it’s either give up in September, or reload overnight and get right back in the hunt. Good luck Vikings!

  29. Any of you comparing this trade to the Heschel Walker trade are just being trolls. There are two picks involved in the Bradford trade. Even if it doesn’t work out, it will not cripple the Vikings like the Walker deal did.

    The could have likely found a cheaper trade option, but it would have been for a lesser QB. At most, this is a slight overpay for Bradford, and with a team ready to have a good season, this is a solid gamble.

  30. Like others, first reaction was “What the?!”

    But on closer inspection –

    1. Vikings NEED a capable QB and they had to pay the asking price however steep it was. They got the short end of the deal no doubt, but doing nothing or getting a retread is waving the white flag.

    2. Sam Bradford is very accurate and has the arm that suits the play action offense. He HAS a better arm than Bridgewater. Watched Week 17 from 2015, he played really well.

    Does he have the clutchness or even leadership of Teddy? Not sure and probably not, but the offense will function and even be run well with his arm and accuracy. He will open things up.

    It appears Spielman got a guy he’s coveted for a few years now, though he had to pay through his nose to get him.

  31. Love it! Last time we traded a 1st rounder how did that turn out? Jared Allen ended up reviving his young career and becoming a borderline hall of famer.
    Spielman knows what he’s doing, and the management needed/wanted excitement going into the inaugural season at the new stadium.

  32. what a moron

    did they even inquire about aj mccarron

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    Yes they did multiple times. The cost of him was 2 1’s from what I heard so they went another route. Can’t blame em.

  33. every place that Bradford has gone to, has had high hopes for him and he has disappointed at every stop. By all means keep writing that the narrative will change for this guy and this time it will be different because of x, y and z. never heard of another player earning more praise (and money) than him for so little production

    You made the comment of the day. I have yet to see anything worthy of Bradford to think he’s worthy of being traded for, let alone a first round pick. Has he led a team to the playoffs? Lowering one’s expectations is now the new meme these days to make sense of something utterly ridiculous as this trade.

  34. “So you do this deal because you’re worried about Bridgewater long term or because you think this team can win this year?”

    Honestly, I’d say both.

    Yeah, of course it’s a risky move, but you have a brand new stadium, a fanbase that is crazy excited about this year after making the playoffs last year, and your QB just went down. To do nothing with a team that is ready to go now would have been more dangerous than this move, me thinks. The rest of the team isn’t getting any younger, Rick had to roll the dice, and right now, QB’s are a seller’s market. You have to pay to play.

  35. the only i know for sure is eagles are gonna suck in 2016

    i am sure the locker room is pissed and will slowly give up as the daniel or wentz-led offense fails to deliver

  36. What’s everyones fascination with AJ McCarron? He’s started 3 games, way more of a risk. At least you know what you have with Bradford. Matt Flynn was great too for a couple starts too

  37. Every few years two things are guaranteed to happen. #1 Someone will trade a 1st round pick for Sam Bradford. #2 Matt Damon will make a movie where he needs to be recscued from space.

    Matt Damon you are now on deck!

  38. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 3, 2016 12:15 PM
    So, I guess Teddy wasn’t the future of the organization …

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    You’re still just blindly guessing when it comes to football talk, and you’re still always wrong.

  39. If the Vikings are lucky Hill will be healthy the whole season. It’s a very expensive insurance policy to trade for Bradford. They had no leverage in this trade. Those who say pick up some young guy who can learn the system are basically saying this season is already over so why even try. You can’t think that way. People have paid a ton of money as the season has been sold out. They deserve the best chance the Vikings have to win games.

  40. I wish they wouldn’t have had to give up a first round pick, but I guess this is what you have to give up to get a quarterback that has any game at all. I like that the Vikings are being aggressive. Division championship dreams are alive again, and who knows ? They may be able to advance pretty far if this works out. I don’t like that this probably means they aren’t optimistic about Teddy being back next year, but I kind of figured that anyway.

  41. A lot of people who think they know football posting here. Delusion is fun to watch. Best move Vikings had available and a well played gamble. With AP, the Viking D and the best WRs he’s ever had to play with, I’m confident the gamble will pay off. Hill would’ve given us maybe 10 wins, Bradford we’re back to the possibility of 12-14 wins. Nice job, Speilman.

  42. gettingzygiwithit says:
    Sep 3, 2016 12:45 PM
    Love it! Last time we traded a 1st rounder how did that turn out? Jared Allen ended up reviving his young career and becoming a borderline hall of famed.

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    I doubt we’ll ever compare Bradford to Allen, but I do remember all the clueless trolls. . . err. . . Packer fans telling us how horrible trading for Allen was and how horrible a person he is. As always, they were clueless and wrong.

  43. Oh well, forgive me if I hold off on buying champagne and fireworks. I’m not excited about this trade, now I have a week to week attitude that can change in an instance.

  44. This season is going to confirm what Vikings fans have known for at least the last 2 years which is that a legitimate LT is needed. Spielman just gave away the opportunity to get that guy.

    By November it will be Bradford on IR and the Vikings with neither a legitimate starting QB nor their 2017 1st round pick.

  45. Vikings did the only thing they could, and I think it had to be done. I wish them a great season and hopefully a rematch with the Seahawks…..in Seattle this time

  46. Bradford can be flipped again next year just like the Eagles did if Bridgewater comes back healthy. And he will probably look better on Vikes offense than Eagles, who only have mediocre talent at skill positions.

  47. Bradford is what he is. He’s nothing special, not worth a 1st round pick unless you’re desperate, which the Vikings were, but he’s better than Teddy will probably ever be and if he stays healthy, the Vikings can probably win the weak NFC North. Good move and worth the downside.

    Oh and PS: Wide Left

  48. Bengals fan here, so no bias. I’d be happy with this move if I were a Vikes fan. Bradford is better than some think and this is easily the best team, coach and offense he’s ever had. Let Hill start a game or two while Sam learns the offense, then unleash Sam. I think he’ll be great there. That said, what do they do if Shaun Hill somehow lights it up? I mean, Hill isn’t a scrub. He’s had some success in the NFL.

  49. Packer fan here, I admit that I feel like their offense is more dangerous now than when Teddy was the QB. At least now the threat of a dangerous passing game is there, and you have to respect throws over 15 yards. They gave up a lot for a guy who has never done much, but I guess they really believe they are on the verge. Good job of influencing mgmt by their fan base. I don’t see it being worth what they gave up, but I understand why they did it. They have never drafted anyone better with that 1st round pick, and now they at least have a chance (maybe).

  50. tjacks7 says:
    Sep 3, 2016 12:08 PM

    Sixth, NFL quarterbacks are hot commodities. Sam Bradford is set up for success as he’s now in the most talented offense he’s ever played in. If he performs well, and Teddy is recovering on schedule, he could be flipped for the same, or more, than the Vikings spent on him.

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    Best offense he’s ever played on? The Vikings offense is clearly their weakest area. Washed up RB, poor OL and worst WR core in the entire NFCN and possibly the league.

    If the Vikings gave up that much for Bradford, good chance Teddy could be career ENDED, T-Corks!!!

  51. Consider this.

    I read that if it wasn’t for the EMTs and the trainers and their quick actions, Bridgewater could have lost his leg. There most be more damage to him here and his ability to recover for 2017, maybe period.

  52. Eagles won on this trade, how long will Bradford last with that awful O line, he is not a mobile QB, big mistake this was a sheer panic move nothing more.

  53. Vikings fans, you have it all wrong. The problem is not losing a 1st and 4th round pick, the problem is Rick Spielman. I first wondered how he ever got the Viking GM job after such a disastrous job in Detroit, Chicago and Miami… maybe he has some dirt on the Wifts? He is downright terrible with 1st round picks anyways. So isn’t it better to take a banged-up veteran QB than to pick another Ponder, or worse, next year. Spielman should have been on the same out-going train with Frazier, because he is the problem. If we must keep him, at least he should have his mouth taped shut until the last days of the draft, because his best picks are never until the last 3 rounds.

  54. “For the last three games of the season, he threw for 361 yards, 380 yards, and 320 yards.”

    Not mentioned: two of those games were against NYG (2015 passing defense ranking: #32) and Washington (#27). And the game against Arizona was a total mauling (40-17), permitting Bradford to get cheap yards in garbage time, including a 78-yarder in the 4th when the Cards were already up four scores.

    Steep price to pay for a guy who probably isn’t one of the league’s Top-40 QBs.

  55. As a Dolphins fan, I vividly remember the shock and horror of 2004 when Rick Spielman was our kind-of, sort-of GM. He gave a second round pick to the Eagles for AJ Feeley. I’m starting to think the Eagles organization is blackmailing him into giving away picks.

  56. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    Sep 3, 2016 1:45 PM
    The Jets gave up a 3rd round pick for Brett Favre. Umm yea….

    0 0
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    2nd rounder actually, and that was in a buyers market.

  57. Bradford and the Vikings christen their new stadium in Week 2 against the Packers. Lets take a moment to refresh your memories about the last time Bradford christened a new stadium – shall we?

    #3 Oklahoma opened the 2009 season against BYU in the first game ever played in the brand new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. BYU beats #3 Oklahoma as Bradford exits the game during the first half with another shoulder injury.

    History.

    Learn from it.

  58. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 3, 2016 12:15 PM

    So, I guess Teddy wasn’t the future of the organization …
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    He was and may still be. We’ll see how things look a year from now. I don’t think Bradford is the future of the organization, but he’s likely to be the present for the next two years. If Teddy comes back in 2018, he’ll only be 25 and will have plenty of good years ahead of him. I’d say he’s more likely the future than anyone else. Oh, and we’ll sign him to a bargain contract, too!

  59. This move was complete desperation. It’s going to take him half the season just to get used to the playbook and timing with the offense.

  60. As a Cowboys fan I don’t like giving Philly any credit but I have to say this was a smart trade for them to resolve the Sam Bradford situation.

    I also can see why the Vikes did this trade as well although it could prove pricey! I wouldnt be surprised if Bradford did pretty good at MN given he will have less pressure with a great RB like Peterson supporting him.

  61. Well at least the Vikes still have Moritz from Deutschland who can catch balls from Bradford and whose teammates never offered to drive him to and from practice because he didn’t have a car. Right?…..

  62. hippieway says:
    Sep 3, 2016 1:41 PM

    I wish Teddy a complete and speedy recovery.
    I would like to see Sam have a good year.
    As a Titans fan
    I hope the Vikings lose week 1.

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    Cheers! Here’s to a good game- and no damn injuries.

  63. It was a good move only if Bradford stays healthy all season and performs above the level of mediocrity. Frankly, Bridgewater isn’t all that and now that he has a significant knee injury to overcome, the question marks become more numerous.

  64. By washed up RB, do you mean the future first ballot HOFer that led the league in rushing in 2016? Trolls are annoying. Ignorant trolls are just pathetic.
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    Best offense he’s ever played on? The Vikings offense is clearly their weakest area. Washed up RB, poor OL and worst WR core in the entire NFCN and possibly the league.

  65. This is one of the best trades in NFL history. The Eagles have a stud QB in Carson Wentz. Sam Bradford could lead the Vikings to the super bowl. The Vikings are in a win now mode, and they hit it out of the park. Both teams should be delighted. Vikings players were down in the dumps when Teddy got hurt. Bradford is a much better QB than Teddy.

  66. The Vikes starting QB threw 14 TD’s all last year. This was not a passing team. Made it to the playoffs. Bradford is a major upgrade to this offense and will throw for 25 TD’s easy. Very good D, strong running game.Good move.

  67. After careful consideration, best available. Steep but you can’t tank a season for a pick.

    Sack up Bradford

  68. brenenostler says:
    Sep 3, 2016 12:08 PM

    They gave up a first rounder for a guy who they’re only going to have for one season. They could have saved that first rounder to build on to Teddy’s team when he returned. Besides, a bad season means that pick will be a high in the draft.

    Should’ve just gone all-in with Shaun Hill. He really is a solid backup QB and has won a lot of games, considering the teams he’s played for. And if they were really concerned with his ability to stay healthy, they could’ve just signed someone off the street like Matt Flynn to back him up
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    How could anyone possibly neg this? This is the very definition of common sense

  69. This is beautiful. Bradford sucks. And he’s expensive. So instead of the Vikings being 4-12 this year, now they’ll be 8-8 or so and STILL miss the playoffs AND get a mid-round draft pick. AND be out a 1st round pick????

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    even with a used washing machine as our QB wed never go 4-12… our defense alone will win us 6-8 games as long as bradford and hill can combined win us 3-4 more we will rewin the divison and maybe go deep in the preseason… even stave could get us to 10.

  70. All I’ll say is this to Vikings fans, be prepared to see 8 men in the box constantly, and Bradford STILL not being willing to go down field. Unless a guy is running literally wide open (like you are playing madden, the defense is in man, and he is uncovered open), he is not going to throw the ball more than 10 yards down field. Sure he completes a high percentage, but who cares when 90% of the completions are 5 yards or less (and usually less). Checking down to a RB or TE while a defender closes in on them, and they are immediately tackled for a 2 yard gain, isn’t overly impressive to me

    check down Sammy sleeves is scared to throw the ball down field, and that is his biggest problem. This isn’t me not liking him, you can look at his stats. His is at/near the bottom of the league in yards per attempt every season. Last year he was 7.o yards for 25th, and it was one of his best years. In 2013, he was only 6.44 (good for 33rd, in 7 games), which was .5 lower than Kellen Clemons in the same offense, and .9 lower than Shaun Hill in 2014 (Bradford missed the year). 2012? 6.7, 26th in the NFL

    The guy is just scared to take any chance with the ball. When the defense knows that, they play to it. Be ready, on every 3rd and long, for him to drop back, and immediately check down to the RB or TE. Then, either that guy has to make 3-4 guys miss to have any chance at a 1st down, or you’ll be punting…but his percentage will look good!

  71. How r u still not mentioning the most important part? That Vikings are in the position that Eagles invisioned when they signed Bradford to a 2 year contract in the first place. Which is trade him next year another their young qb was ready to play. Everyone kept wondering why the Eagles would sign Bradford and then spend so muh capital on Wentz. Which was obvious to me they were hoping Bradford would play well in 2016 and allow the Eagles to recoup the picks they spent to move up. It’s why he was named the starter before Wentz was drafted. It’s also y I disagreed wen people said wentz would force Bradford to the be changed this year no matter what. There’s no way that was happening bc it would have killed his trade value.

    The Eagles just got lucky bc a team was desperate enough to give them what they wanted without him having to prove himself this year. Allowing the Eagles to get what they wanted from Bradford all along without taking the risk of injury or bad play.

    Now though the Vikings take that risk with the added bonus of replacing there injured Qb. But if it works out like the Eagles hoped and now the Vikings hope. Minny might be able to recoup what they gave up for him next year.

    They might be able to even improve on what the Eagles got. So don’t be mistaken that as much as anything is why the Vikings were willing to give up so much to acquire Bradford.

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