Inside the supposed $40 million Sam Bradford deal

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Two years ago, Sam Bradford signed a two-year, $36 million deal with the Eagles. Last week, he signed a two-year, $40 million deal with the Cardinals.

If it sounded too good to be true, there’s a reason for that. It is.

The full-breakdown of the supposed two-year, $40 million shows that it’s really a one-year deal, with a team-held option for 2019. The option must be exercised by the third day of the 2019 league year; at that time, he gets a fully-guaranteed roster bonus of $10 million and a fully-guaranteed base salary of $7.5 million.

So to get $17.5 million next year (plus $2.5 million in per-game roster bonuses), Bradford will have to earn his $20 million in 2018. And by $20 million, of course, I mean $15 million. As Gantt previously noted, a full $5 million of Bradford’s supposed $20 million haul in 2018 is tied to Bradford actually being able to suit up and play in each and every game.

It’s still not bad at all that Bradford got $15 million guaranteed for a supposedly degenerative knee. But Case Keenum‘s $18 million per year on a two-year deal suddenly looks a lot better if Bradford gets to $20 million per year only if he plays in every game of both years. Keenum gets $25 million fully guaranteed at signing, and the whole $36 million is guaranteed for injury.

So if Keenum tears an ACL in training camp and for some reason can’t play for two years, he gets $36 million. If that happens to Bradford (again), he gets $15 million. Which seems a lot more fair and equitable given their respective performances from a year ago in Minnesota.

18 responses to “Inside the supposed $40 million Sam Bradford deal

  1. So a guy who is perpetually injured “only” gets another $15M if he is inevitable injured again this season. Yeah, life must be rough in the Bradford household. I don’t know how they are scraping by.

  2. New from the Arizona State Lottery: The Sam Bradford’s Knee scratch off game!!! Scratch one knee – win $15 million! Scratch two knees – win $20 million!! Scratch three knees and win $40 million!!!

  3. ramsnation88 says:
    March 19, 2018 at 4:23 pm
    9 years later, he is still the title holder for “dumbest face while throwing” trophy.
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    Ummm that’s Eli

  4. I think it’s safe to say Bradford won’t earn $20 million. He won’t play all 16 games.

  5. Bradford is never going to make it 7 games much less 16. That’s not being mean, its just his history. All I know is Bradford got the LAST MASSIVE rookie contract before the owners wised up.

  6. jpk6044 says:
    March 19, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    New from the Arizona State Lottery: The Sam Bradford’s Knee scratch off game!!! Scratch one knee – win $15 million! Scratch two knees – win $20 million!! Scratch three knees and win $40 million!!!

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    I didn’t realize the third leg had an actual joint in it.

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