Zimmer characterizes Bradford’s knee as “degenerative”

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The Vikings have three veteran quarterbacks due to become free agents. They may not be all that enthused about entrusting the starting quarterback job to one of them.

Coach Mike Zimmer characterized the Sam Bradford‘s knee as “degenerative,” via Tom Pelissero of NFL Media. Whispers of a degenerative condition made their way around the league last year, when Bradford followed a career game in Week One with only a first-half cameo four weeks later, before disappearing for the rest of the year.

The derailed year for Bradford came a season after he started 15 games for Minnesota, missing Week One only because he’d just arrived eight days before that, in a trade with the Eagles.

Although former Eagles quarterbacks coach (and new Vikings offensive coordinator) John DeFilippo raves about Bradford’s accuracy, his dependability and durability continue to be a real question. And the uncertainty as to his health will surely impact the extent to which other teams are interested in signing him and, more importantly, paying him.

43 responses to “Zimmer characterizes Bradford’s knee as “degenerative”

  1. Sammy Sleeves can throw it…but can he stand or even play with knees made of glass? This was why I was never happy when Chip Kelly traded Foles for him and was overjoyed when Howie Roseman unloaded him for a 1st and a 4th!

  2. Having your knee being described as “degenerative” during combine week (while also) being a free agent is never a good thing.

  3. If that quote costs Bradford a fair contract this could get messy. Even if true, a coach should not be publicly disclosing a medical condition as degenerative. That’s up to any interested teams’ medical staff to determine.

  4. Zimmer had negative things to say about all three of his quarterbacks, which suggests two possibilities. Either they’re going all-in on Cousins or they want to keep one of their own and want to drive down their market value.

  5. crazy thing is the vikings prolly wouldve faired better had they called up bradford off the bench for the NFC CG. sticking with keenum was always going to be their downfall

  6. terrellblowens says:
    March 1, 2018 at 11:32 am
    If that quote costs Bradford a fair contract this could get messy. Even if true, a coach should not be publicly disclosing a medical condition as degenerative. That’s up to any interested teams’ medical staff to determine.

    Totally agree. Not only are you sabotaging this guys career (not that the questions weren’t being asked), you are sabotaging the value you might get for your own team. Not a good look there Zimmer.

  7. IIRC Bradford was in one of the last few drafts before the rookie wage scale came into play and was paid something like 50 million guaranteed right off the bat. As long as he hasn’t been a total fool with his money, he’s well past set for life if he never plays another down in the NFL

  8. How can Bradford complain after all the money he made. The whole rookie wage scale was adjusted because of him. Add it up, what has he made versus what his performance is.

  9. Sad situation. I’m anything but a vikes fan but Bradford looked unreal in the short time when he was healthy, and had a good team and good coach around him. Sure he made his money, but it’s not all about that.

  10. Bradford’s career in the NFL is toast. Time to hang ’em up Sammy Sleeves. You cashed in very nicely for very limited playing time in the league.

  11. tokyosandblaster says:
    March 1, 2018 at 11:25 am
    Funny. That’s how I’d characterize this Vikings team.

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    2017 packer record 7-9, good enough for 3rd. Seems like the pack is degenerative, dropping in the standings.

  12. I’ve still never read a definitive synopsis of Bradford’s condition. Of the three, he was the best.

  13. The last six quarters of play by the Vikings defense during absolute crunch time was certainly degenerative. Pretenders.

  14. It doesn’t matter how good Sam Bradford is because he can’t stay on the field. There are probably only 5 or 6 NFL QB’s I’d take over a healthy Bradford, but unfortunately, that’s not reality.

  15. It’s during the combine he said this. Geez. Teams play mind games and say anything and everything. Whether the description of Bradford’s knee is correct, which I think it is,they are just trying to drive his value down, I think. The Cousin’s effect, who knows or cares. Should be interesting to see what happens. Is the popcorn ready yet???

  16. Are my fellow pack fans seriously cherping on hear after going 7-9 and missing the playoffs for 3 straight years?? Anthony BArr cost Capes and Tompson there jobs. It’s not funny anymore guy’s. get real we have allot of work too doo. Go PACK

  17. True that when their starter went down the Packer’s season went in the toilet, while the Vikings backup took them to the NFCCG.
    But when they fell behind, the team quit! Not even a garbage time field goal!
    That is way bigger than a quarterback issue.

  18. tokyosandblaster says:
    March 1, 2018 at 11:25 am
    Funny. That’s how I’d characterize this Vikings team.
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    That’s how I’d characterize their fan base, degenerates.

  19. What coach Zimmer said was “Asked Zimmer about the level concern medically with Sam Bradford. He referred to Bradford’s knee as degenerative but also said Bradford was skiing last week. Getting through a full season is the unknown.”

    Teams aren’t stupid enough to listen to non-medical doctor alone in making their decision on QBs. His statement was an opinion and balanced with how he felt about his “concern medically,” with Bradford. Tough to sue someone for an opinion.

    At the same time, I think the Vikes would love to have Bradford as a backup. Hard to get through many seasons without losing your QB for a game or two (or more).

  20. Jeff Fisher relied too much on him and refused to draft a qb, and when the Rams drafted Jared Goff, he sat Goff on the bench to start the season.

  21. This is equivalent to your old boss badmouthing you while you’re looking for a new job. You can sue him or her.

  22. stellarperformance says:
    March 1, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    The last six quarters of play by the Vikings defense during absolute crunch time was certainly degenerative. Pretenders.
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    Who are you to talk, Third Place?

  23. Funny. That’s how I’d characterize this Vikings team.

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    That is funny. I was just thinking the same thing about the Packers ownership.

  24. terrellblowens says:

    March 1, 2018 at 11:32 am

    If that quote costs Bradford a fair contract this could get messy. Even if true, a coach should not be publicly disclosing a medical condition as degenerative. That’s up to any interested teams’ medical staff to determine.
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    Doesn’t matter, there will always be some clown gm that gets duped into paying for this money pit of a player. Honestly, has there ever been a quarterback that has been paid so much for doing so little as this clown Sam Bradford?

  25. Zim tells the truth, gets trashed. Spielman is evasive, gets trashed. There’s a PFT Viking article, cheesers trash the content. Can’t win.

    If Zimmer had limited his comments to puppies and helping little old ladies across the street, cheesers woulda trashed him for ignoring cats and not offering to pay for a cab.

  26. Zim tells the truth, gets trashed. Spielman is evasive, gets trashed. There’s a PFT Viking article, cheesers trash the content. Can’t win.

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    It always makes my day how obsessive and upset they get over nothing and anything involving the Vikings. Hilarious really. But make no mistake, the Bears are their main rival.

  27. Remember when Jeff Fisher & staff put Sam Bradford, fresh off of a knee injury, back on the field without requiring any type of knee brace or ANYTHING – and then he got hit in that very same knee. Yeah. One of the many nice things Fisher has done.

  28. Mark my words If Zimmer does not go deep into the playoffs this coming year he is history This guy is so overated. his team got spanked in the nfc championship game by the eagles he was out coached in every phase of that game

  29. If QB Sam Bradford truly wants to play, he needs to go somewhere at a reduced price on a 1yr deal and play all 16 games, putting up above-average stats in order to resurrect his career. Rumor is His agent Tom Condon is saying he’s looking at 20M/YR for Bradford’s services, I don’t see ANYONE paying that amount of money. Due to his injury history he needs to take backup money, he will get a little better than backup money but somewhere around 10-12M for a season to prove he can still play, owners are tired of getting ripped off. With Arizona most definitely drafting a QB high in round 1 and likely trading up a bit to do so, I wouldnt mind if Arizona signed QB Sam Bradford as a placeholder. Worst case scenario right around the time Bradford gets injured in week 6-8 Arizona’s rookie QB will be coming online and ready to play with a full grasp of the offense, best case scenario Bradford plays at a top 5 QB level for all 16gm’s throwing around 30/32TDs-10/12INTs completing 64-65% of his passes for 4k yds. All Arizona needs to contend given they have an elite top 5 defense (that will be better with some of their top players who missed most of the year back healthy) and elite top 5 rushing offense (with Elite All-Pro RB/WR David Johnson back healthy along with RB/WR/KR TJ Logan with his elite hands & 4.35spd) is good average QB play, Bradford could give them that until a rookie is ready.

  30. Teams probably already knew this, but Zimmer should not have said that. Probably a slip of the tongue, but Bradford’s agent will definitely remember that quote when Bradford isn’t signed to the contract he wants later in the year.

  31. stellarperformance says:
    March 1, 2018 at 12:28 pm
    The last six quarters of play by the Vikings defense during absolute crunch time was certainly degenerative. Pretenders.
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    If that is the case what you subjectively call your Packers who lost the Division 2 of the last 3 years To Minnesota and were beaten by them 3 of the last 4? Then you have your Coach standing up for your 2nd string QB as “just not ready” I could see that if he were a rookie in the first 4 or 5 games after being your Backup for 3 years????But Stellar REALLY???

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