Report: Sam Bradford set to join Cardinals

Getty Images

The Cardinals came into the offseason with a major need at quarterback and they’ve reportedly landed one player who will be in the mix to take over the job come the start of the regular season.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Sam Bradford intends to sign with the Cardinals once free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. There’s no word on the terms of the deal.

There was word that the Cardinals have interest in Mike Glennon earlier on Tuesday, although that didn’t seem like a real solution to their need for a starter in 2018. Bradford has more experience in that role and he’s had some success over the years when healthy.

That caveat is a major one for a player who has torn his ACL twice and missed all but two games for the Vikings last season because of further knee trouble. That history suggests the Cardinals will be adding other options at quarterback in free agency and/or the draft to go with Bradford.

UPDATE 2:38 p.m. ET: Schefter reports Bradford’s deal includes $15 million guaranteed for 2018 and a possible value of $20 million. There’s also reportedly an option for $20 million in 2019.

115 responses to “Report: Sam Bradford set to join Cardinals

  1. so much talent, such bad knees. He made a lot of money off of what he could be. As a Rams fan, I was always pulling for him to stay healthy. Best of luck to Sam. He seems like a great guy, with terrible injury luck.

  2. Lol, Bradford gets another paid vacation. I’d set 4.5 as the over/under for his games played this year…and take the under.

  3. If Sam has an o-line to protect him, he can be a dang good qb. Best of luck Sammy sleeves! We enjoyed having you in Minny. Stay healthy and enjoy that Arizona weather!

  4. Wow the guy has earned almost $100 million in his career and for what? I don’t think he’s ever made it through s season without an season ending injury. Talk about rolling the dice if you’re the Cards.

  5. The Cardinals signed an injury-prone aging QB who has never quite lived up to his hype?

    Who could possibly have seen that coming?

  6. I called this weeks ago! With those knees he was going somewhere warm not cold. Arthritis in the cold is brutal.

  7. ariani1985 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    why can’t my lowly packers have nice things?

    —————————————————————————-

    Unlike the Vikings, the Packers do have nice things. They’re called “Lombardi Trophies”.

  8. Lol the Cards drove up the price on Cousins when in reality Vikes were the only team in it!! Way to hamstring a conference rivals cap for the next 3 years!! In year 2 of his contract every team in the league can start picking players off that defense. Better win the Super Bowl in 2019 or it won’t happen till they accually draft a QB

  9. If the NFL changes the rules and allows motorized scooters on the field next season, then this is an excellent move by the Cardinals. If they don’t, then Sammy will be a very expensive clipboard holder.

  10. No O-line has ever protected a QB from ever taking a single hit, and we all know that’s all it takes with Bradford at this point.

    mnwilderness87 says:
    If Sam has an o-line to protect him…

  11. I’m not sure any QB will ever come close to his earnings per completion. How could they hand out $15M to a guy who can barely stand up? Yes, he’s good when his knees don’t hurt, but the Sam Bradford robbery continues…I was thinking maybe $7-8M guaranteed with a possible incentive up to $20M. $15M guaranteed for a guy who is unlikely to ever see the field. He must be a good mentor.

  12. You better have a GOOD backup.. good luck with that.. You MIGHT get 3 or 4 games out of him.

  13. That’s a really nice contract for a guy who looked like he would never play again last year. He might have had a historic season last year if his knees had held up. I hope he does a great job for the Cardinals and I hope they have a good backup.

  14. 20 mil for a guy who can’t ever stay healthy? Amazing. What does his agent do for these front offices to get these teams to be insane when it comes to him?

  15. “why can’t my lowly packers have nice things?”

    As long as Aaron Rodgers can stay healthy, the Packers have one of the “nicest things” in the league.

  16. In the history of the NFL, very few players have ever been paid as much as Mr Bradford has been, for so little in return. All the other NFC West teams will be overjoyed if he is the AZ starter and be pleased to welcome his new team to the cellar.

  17. His agent must be a hypnotherapist as well. I’m at a loss for how this guy continues to find work and be paid at a top rate. This guy has never done anything!! He’s continued to r&*# and pillage franchises into thinking he is a top flight qb. Zimmer even publicly outted him about his knee. If anyone needs to have a doc it’s Bradford’s agent. He needs to be enshrined in Canton.

  18. Over a 7 year career he has played on average 11 games per season. So at $15 Million for 11 games that equals $1.4 Million per game and at $20 Million it equals $1.8 Million/game – so if you normalize those numbers to a full season this contract is equal to $22.4 ($1.4M X 16 games) to $28.8 Million ($1.8M X 16 games) for a QB that can be depended on for the full season. Really Bradford is now the highest paid player in the NFL and Arizona needs to plan on playing at least 5 games with whoever their backup is.

  19. Assuming that Arizona is going to draft a QB this year, it’s better if they avoid Glennon. He’d probably be OK with the wind at his back (or Stuart Smalley telling him he’s the best). As soon as he had to compete for the starting job, wow. He folded like a cheap tent.

  20. Lets see if we can identify the troll with duplicate accounts:

    Wisconsins Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    We need nice things in Wisconsin for our dear Peckers!

    ariani1985 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:34 pm
    why can’t my lowly packers have nice things?

  21. The most talented free agent QB aside from Brees. Risky due to his knees, but real upside if he can stay healthy. Good for him.

  22. packertruth says:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:56 pm
    And they didn’t have to give up a fourth round pick for him. Or a first. Stupid Vikings.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    yep those stupid Vikings that have won 2 of the last 3 Division Titles… Sucks to hinge your whole life on a football team like you do in Miss Consin.

  23. Bradford over/under before he gets hurt? 6 to 8 games. The Cardinals Offensive line is mediocre to below average at best. Sam can’t move and that one kneee is bad. This surprises me that the cardinals would go this route. Larry Fitzgerald is a first ballot hall of fame player and he can’t be happy. Sam can not stay healthy.

  24. Cardinals must kneed a qb pretty bad. He was out the whole year on a non contact injury.

  25. Having Carson Palmer, and now signing Sam Bradford, proves one thing about the Cardinals;

    They really, really love Drew Stanton, and want him in a few games each season.

  26. It’s easy & lazy to make injury jokes, but if he can stay healthy, he’s better than any QB available this year not named Brees.

    Take a solid developmental QB in the draft and they should be in good shape. I can see Bradford to Fitzgerald working out really well.

  27. Good Lord. Fire Cards DM Steve Kiem now. They have not had a successor plan to Carson Palmer’ retirement and now they come up with crippled Bradford and they don’t have an offensive line? This will not end well.

  28. If Bradford plays well, and then gets hurt and misses the play offs like Ryan Tannehill did than what did the Cards gain?

    If he plays the entire season then its worth it.

  29. Out of all the free agents, of course Keim would get the one with not only a standout history of injuries but, reportedly, a degenerative condition in one of his knees! Way to go Cardinal braintrust!!! Hopefully, the Cards will resign Stanton, as he’s been the “old reliable” to fall back on, and has a good football IQ and great on-field coach.
    I like Bradford but with the Cardinal 0-line as bad as it has been forever, he’ll likely spend his retirement in a wheelchair.

  30. Sometime this guy should be arrested for stealing money. What a great agent he has. 20 mill for a broke up QB. Call me crazy. Desperation.

  31. I think even Bradford is surprised he keeps getting contracts. Between his injury history and the film that shows he constantly throws 4 yard check downs- either he has the best agent in the world or his psycho eye stare hypnotizes GMs into throwing him big money.

  32. Can you imagine being his agent? He must get treated to all-expense vacations by Sammy Sleeves!

  33. I was really hoping the Eagles would trade Foles to AZ, maybe swapping the 32nd pick for the 15th. That deal is gone. Looks like Foles in staying in Philly–I can’t imagine where else he would go? Jets, Bills, Browns don’t seem likely.

  34. Sam needs to speak at the rookie symposium because nobody wins at money making in football like this guy. Degenerate knees and 15m guaranteed. Crazy money for a (most likely) bridge QB.

  35. Hey ariani1985…..you’re fooling no one. After your team’s showing in the NFC Championship game, I’m surprised you’re still trolling. Simple minds, simple pleasures, huh?

  36. So the Vikes had 3 starting caliber QB’s on the roster and they walk away. The Vikes got nothing in return! That’s got to be a mistake.

  37. Other than having to face the Rams defense twice a year, there are a quite a few worse places he could have wound up.

  38. orndorf2 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 3:41 pm
    So the Vikes had 3 starting caliber QB’s on the roster and they walk away. The Vikes got nothing in return! That’s got to be a mistake.
    *****
    All 3 were free agents. 2 had bum knees. 1 was a journeyman QB who had an excellent year. The Vikings will likely wind up with at least two compensatory picks (3rd round) in 2019. Oh, plus they also now have Kirk Cousins.

  39. Bradford’s agent needs to be enshrined in Canton with convincing the NFL that this paper machete human being is actually an nfl quarterback. The ROI on this guy has been nothing short of embarrassing and yet teams still want to buy into this sham.

  40. Seems like a lot of quarterbacks have the stink of Jeff Fisher on them. They should file a class-action lawsuit against that bozo.

  41. Sam Bradford beat Brady at Gillette when he was with the Eagles. If he can stay healthy and that’s a big if, he can play in this league.

  42. I guess this is the “aggressive” move that Wilks was referring to. Yeah, this will end real well for coach and QB . . .

  43. So Bradford to Cardinals and Bridgewater to the Jets?

    Sign Cousins for 28 mil?

    Better draft a 1st round QB too!!!!

  44. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Sam Bradford beat Brady at Gillette when he was with the Eagles. If he can stay healthy and that’s a big if, he can play in this league.
    —————-

    Correction: The Eagles beat the Pats. Two returns for td’s and a botched kickoff did the trick. Don’t suggest for a second that it was Bradford who won that game.

  45. steves11 says:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:58 pm
    “why can’t my lowly packers have nice things?”

    As long as Aaron Rodgers can stay healthy, the Packers have one of the “nicest things” in the league.

    ———————-
    That has to have been a troll comment. Otherwise its the mother of all head scratchers.

  46. So they replaced an aging former #1 overall pick who can’t stay healthy with an aging former #1 overall pick who can’t stay healthy.

    Carson Palmer for Carson Palmer, basically.

  47. I spent the first season Bradford came in for Teddy watching through my fingers. The O line was horrific and Sam was getting destroyed on a regular basis, I thought it’s only a matter of time before he gets carted off….but he never. In fact he played the entire season with at the time the best completion percentage in NFL history. The guy has guts and he can be a top ten QB when healthy but it’s a lot of money to pay given what’s gone before.

  48. This is a good signing, healthy Bradford is one of the best passers in the league. Arizona was able to get him relatively cheap in terms of QB salaries and were also able to get injury protection guarantees in place, w/ a team option for 2019 in the event he lights it up in 2018. Bradford is the perfect bridge option, allowing Arizona to contend in their division w/ Bradford as the starter a behind a top 5 defense and arguably the best RB/WR in the league in David Johnson. while they groom a young QB they draft in round 1 or 2 .

  49. hang em’ up Larry. It’s over. If they are considering Mike Glennon and Bradford – then whatever week the Cards play the Rams, that will be it for Bradford…and Glennon would be your guy. I’m not a cards fan but isn’t Stanton still under contract? He’s at least competent. Glennon’s a bum.

  50. hawkkiller says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    This is a good signing, healthy Bradford is one of the best passers in the league. Arizona was able to get him relatively cheap in terms of QB salaries and were also able to get injury protection guarantees in place, w/ a team option for 2019 in the event he lights it up in 2018. Bradford is the perfect bridge option, allowing Arizona to contend in their division w/ Bradford as the starter a behind a top 5 defense and arguably the best RB/WR in the league in David Johnson. while they groom a young QB they draft in round 1 or 2 .
    ———————————————————————————

    Spoken from behind those Card colored glasses. Saying Bradford is one of the best passers in the league when healthy is a stretch. One game a career does not make. This guy has all the ability and arm strength in the world and has always been a dink and dunk passer. This team is getting old and is going to need to rebuild. I don’t see them contending for their division – not even close. This ones going Los Angles, San Fran, Seahags and Cards. Good RB though – agree with you there.

  51. Bradford is easily a top 5 QB, but he can’t stay on the field. Bo Jackson was great. Gale Sayers was great. Sometimes great players don’t have the career they would have had if they could stay healthy. But when they were on the field, they were great. I hope Sam can play 16 games. If he can, he could end up playing 19 games.

  52. Nobody wants to play for the AZ Cards, this team does not even have a fan base, they play on the road for all games. I have never seen a Cardinals fan in Phoenix, the majority of fans root for the 49ers.

  53. I love all the “when he’s healthy” comments.

    It’s not a matter of IF he gets injured, it’s a matter of WHEN. Yeah, he can be an efficient quarterback when both his legs are under him, but none of his abilities matter without availability. And he’s very rarely available.

  54. The Red and Blue says:
    March 13, 2018 at 5:41 pm
    Nobody wants to play for the AZ Cards, this team does not even have a fan base, they play on the road for all games. I have never seen a Cardinals fan in Phoenix, the majority of fans root for the 49ers.
    —————————————————————-
    I live in Phoenix, and I own TWO authentic Cardinals jerseys – a Matt Leinart I bought at Marshall’s for $4, and a Kevin Kolb jersey also from Marshall’s I got for $7. Who could pass up those deals for two such busts? And that’s about as much of a Cardinals fan as anybody is.

  55. “Nobody wants to play for the AZ Cards, this team does not even have a fan base, they play on the road for all games.”

    The Cardinals had 99% attendance for all home games in 2017, despite it being a disappointing season. Hall of Famers Larry Fitzgerald, Kurt Warner, Emmitt Smith, and Anquan Boldin are just a few of the guys who have enjoyed playing there. I think you’re getting Arizona confused with the New York Jest.

  56. My goodness last year this guy looked like he was playing with knees of a 60 year old. Honestly this move is beyond dumb. Something tells me Larry Fitzgerald is deep into his 5th beer after hearing this news.

  57. Why Why Why!!! Would anyone sign this guy. He’s made of glass and teams continue to throw money at him. This is just stealing at this point.

  58. The Cardinals had 99% attendance for all home games in 2017, despite it being a disappointing season. Hall of Famers Larry Fitzgerald, Kurt Warner, Emmitt Smith, and Anquan Boldin are just a few of the guys who have enjoyed playing there. I think you’re getting Arizona confused with the New York Jest.

    95 percent of those fans are there for the visiting team. See L.A. Dodgers.

    Niner fans always have a home game in Phoenix.

  59. No one laughs on the way to the bank like Sam Bradford. It’s weird that Sam gets huge money and chances to start while Matt Schaub is more accomplished and has been better as a starter. Life ain’t fair!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!