Cardinals cut Sam Bradford

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The Sam Bradford era in Arizona is over.

Bradford, the quarterback who got a whopping $15 million guaranteed this offseason, has been released by the Cardinals today.

It was always obvious to most people outside the Cardinals’ facility that the signing was a mistake. The Cardinals drafted Josh Rosen in the first round, which made it clear that Bradford was only a short-term stopgap starter, and there are a lot of veteran quarterbacks who could have been cheaper short-term stopgap starters. The Cardinals would have been smarter to spend that money on putting better offensive talent around Rosen.

But the mistake is done with now, and Bradford is gone. Because it’s after the trade deadline, Bradford will go on waivers, where any team that wants a quarterback can claim him. It’s possible that some quarterback-needy team could want Bradford, but it’s more likely that he’ll pass through waivers unclaimed. He would then become a free agent.

Cutting Bradford now helps the Cardinals in the NFL’s complex compensatory pick equation, and hurts the Vikings, who will no longer benefit from having Bradford signed away.

Mike Glennon is now the only other quarterback behind Rosen on the Cardinals’ depth chart.

107 responses to “Cardinals cut Sam Bradford

  1. You’d think that they would have kept him as a backup since the contract was fully guaranteed anyway. What gives? Was Sammy complaining, more or less begging for this? I don’t see why the team would take this step otherwise.

    Bradford will go down in history as one of the most unreasonably overpaid athletes of all time. It started from day 1.

  2. One of the dumbest signings in NFL history. How does a guy that has accomplished as little as Bradford keep getting these kinds of offers?

  3. What could be more ideal than it is for Sam, who is one of the wealthiest NFL players ever. He’s in a position to make the choice to change careers before he gets anymore banged up.

  4. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Bradford could succeed if he had a perfect supporting cast around him, meaning a top notch offensive line and great weapons. He needs a perfectly clean and safe pocket around him where he could go virtually untouched for a good 4 seconds on almost every passing play. He can throw the ball well but he’s not that QB who can go into a sloppy and tough winter game at Green Bay or places like that and slug it out.He’s not going to take a beating like Wentz does and just keep going and making passes. Let’s just say Sam is “delicate” and leave it at that. The shame is that he does have a good and accurate arm.

  5. Thank god the Eagles fired Chip Kelly and moved on from Bradford. Kelly wanted Bradford to run his offense for the next decade.

    Never has a football player been paid so much to do so little.

  6. While I think it’s fair to say that no one has made more money for less production than Sam Bradford, I also think it’s fair to say that no one has been quite as unlucky. The guy IS talented. But he never seem to be healthy AND have talent around him at the same time.

  7. Bradford is viewed only as a stop-gap measure for teams mainly because he can’t stay healthy long enough to sustain any momentum. He’s also typecast as a one-dimensional pocket passer with zero mobility. So if his team doesn’t have a good enough OL to protect him in the pocket, he’s in big trouble. I think the days of Bradford getting offered huge contracts is over. If he gets another job somewhere in the NFL (and I think he will at some point), it will be at a big cut in pay.

  8. It’s crazy – I remember the 2010 draft like it was yesterday. I thought Bradford would torch everyone he played. Now I’m just kind of like “dude wears jerseys with sleeves” and it’s late 2018. Where does the time go?

  9. If he can stay healthy and has a decent oline and running game he’s good. I think he would be an upgrade over the Lions or Patriots current backups. However, Gruden will probably sign him to start.

  10. Bradford’s agent belongs in the HOF. Seriously, anyone who can sell broken goods as well as he can deserves to be remembered.

  11. xmatt0926x says:

    November 3, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Bradford could succeed if he had a perfect supporting cast around him, meaning a top notch offensive line and great weapons. He needs a perfectly clean and safe pocket around him where he could go virtually untouched for a good 4 seconds on almost every passing play. He can throw the ball well but he’s not that QB who can go into a sloppy and tough winter game at Green Bay or places like that and slug it out.He’s not going to take a beating like Wentz does and just keep going and making passes. Let’s just say Sam is “delicate” and leave it at that. The shame is that he does have a good and accurate arm.

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    I’m pretty sure EVERY quarterback can succeed under those perfect circumstances

  12. Judging how the Cardinals have played so far this season, he certainly isn’t the only player they should be cutting.

  13. Is there another player that has made more $ in career earnings and done less production-wise than Bradford?
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    Jamarcus Russell?

  14. Wasn’t Sam Bradford the QB of the Eagles in the Chip Kelly era when they beat the Patriots on their home field? It was flukiest win that I’ve ever seen. No way the Eagles deserved to win the game yet they did.

  15. I’m pretty sure EVERY quarterback can succeed under those perfect circumstances
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    Exactly. I always love the “if he had good protection and weapons around him” excuse for mediocre QBs who have never lived up to expectations. Almost all QBs will do well if they have good protection and weapons around them. Look at Case Keenum last year in Minnesota. The fact is that Sam Bradford has made an absurd amount of undeserved money and has never delivered wherever he’s been.

  16. It’s about time. He should be on the FBI most wanted list for ‘GRAND THEFT’! Has anyone robbed NFL teams of more money than Bradford? Everyone outside of Phoenix knew that this signing, let alone guaranteeing him $15MM was a mistake; the $15MM figure made it a ‘COLOSSAL MISTAKE’! Btw, this was a front office decision to sign Bradford and not head coach Steve Wilks’!

  17. Jaguars or Buffalo, where Sam will make another $5 million for the year. I’d say Jags are more likely, they’re desperate for a QB to help them make a playoff run.

  18. The Bills have already lost Josh Allen and Derek Anderson to injuries playing behind their offensive line. Bradford wouldn’t make it out of the huddle before ending up on IR.

  19. Any team looking to sign him better have a darned good offensive line because he moves around back there like a rock. With that said, he does have a good arm provided he has all the time in the world to throw it.

  20. Cutting Bradford now, before week 10, accomplishes two things. First, it opens up a roster spot. Secondly, it removes Bradford’s signing from the comp pick equation. Now AZ wil get a 6th round pick while Min will lose the 3rd round pick they would have got. The cap hit for 2019 was going to going to count against the cap when Bradford would have been cut in the offseason.

  21. Bradford should write a book “how to be a terrible quarterback and still get paid” or “ Getting paid like your worth it for dummies”.

  22. Bradford is the reason for the rookie salary scale. But make no mistake, the guy is talented albeit injury prone. Never had a good supporting cast around him. People also forget, his first 6 years in the league he had 6 different offensive systems to learn under 6 different coordinators. I don’t care how much talent you have, that’s hard.

  23. So first they don’t play him, but pay him and now they’re cutting him, but still paying him.

  24. Sammy sleeves made a fortune pretending he could play quarterback. It makes you wonder about these so called scouts…

  25. Is anyone shocked he got hurt again?
    Plenty of second tier free-agents or trades that could have been acquired there in offseason at almost 1/3 of the financial exposure.

    GM’s and personnel people make everyone on the outside feel that what they do is arcane but its not. There are just a few guys in league who have semblance of common sense, know how to build a team and understand economics and market value (Belichick, Ozzie Newsome).
    Preserving comp pick in round 6 good but not worth 10 million cash.
    No way would I pick up the remainder on his salary even as an insurance policy. Teams that are in contention should have traded for that last week or earlier at a lower $ number.

  26. xmatt0926x says:
    November 3, 2018 at 4:23 pm
    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Bradford could succeed if he had a perfect supporting cast around him, meaning a top notch offensive line and great weapons. He needs a perfectly clean and safe pocket around him where he could go virtually untouched for a good 4 seconds on almost every passing play.
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    Nathan Peterman and about every other lousy QB could succeed with this formula.

  27. hbudgess says:
    November 3, 2018 at 5:47 pm
    The Case Keenum signing will be the 3rd pick! Not Bradford.

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    My guess is that the signing of Cousins would offset the pick they get for Keenum

  28. hibcid16 says:
    November 3, 2018 at 4:13 pm
    How does Steve Keim keep his job? It’s like watching Grigson when he was at indy.

    Apparently both DUI and drunk signing free agents are forgivable in Arizona.

  29. Bradford is a piker compared to Charlie Weiss. He parlayed spygate into being paid millions by Notre Dame. I think ND was still paying him up until last year.

  30. I was hoping the Saints would pick him up. This guy has torched the Saints Wherever he’s played…….

  31. Unlike some comments from others posted here and elsewhere, Sam Bradford is not a thief. He got lucky at a time where the owners and the players association couldn’t get their acts together and with the Rams dangling all those $$$$. Injuries robbed him from having a mid tier career. If anybody who has been stupid this past year it’s the Cardinals for giving the $15M in which everyone else knew he was worth the league minimum. It’s too bad that he will always be known as the man who changed the sport forever (great for the owners, bad for rookies coming out of college.) So no fan should begrudge him. If I were Bradford, he should just walk away for good. He has enough (probably over $35 million in his investment and savings accounts) to ponder what he wants to do with the next phase of his life.

  32. Bradford has the tools to be a very good QB – unfortunately he’s as fragile as glass !
    Has he ever played a complete 16 game season ?
    I’m not dogging him for getting millions & not producing – that’s on the idiots that
    decided to pay him !

  33. hibcid16 says:
    November 3, 2018 at 4:13 pm
    How does Steve Keim keep his job? It’s like watching Grigson when he was at indy.
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    He has the Infinity stones

  34. As soon as Sam Bradford clears waivers, the Arizona Cardinals will pounce and sign him for $25M guaranteed.

    Somebody take that minibar out of Steve Keim’s office!

  35. Poor Sam is being screwed out of an extra 5mm for being active.
    How will he feed his family?
    He’s earned around 130 mm

  36. Edward Halverson says:
    November 3, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    Sam should have had a career in burglary.

    Cuz he sure got away with a ton of lute!
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    That is an awful lot of funny looking guitars

  37. @xmatt0926x….you do realize that bradford shreaded the packers for 382 and 3 tds on christmas eve at lambeau 2016 the guy maybe fragile but has played well enough in some cold weather games

  38. Jax & buffalo should be in on him, right? Isn’t the jags division still winnable? I’m not certain of the current landscape off the top of my head. Bradford is not good but Bortles is awful

  39. Dude is giggling all the way to the bank. Get gut and a check for 7 million. Sweet! The Kirk Cousins signing is looking bad too. 80 some million guaranteed for a mediocre record. Cousins is all giddy to. Doesn’t matter if the team wins. He gets all that money regardless. Sweet!

  40. Yea. I’d rather have Bradford for a game if Cousins goes down than Siemian or whatever his name is.

    and yes, Sammy sleeves is the worlds greatest con-man in shoulder pads. over 140 million that fool as stole, and he keeps on cashing those checks! atta boy Sammy!

  41. intrafinesse says:
    November 3, 2018 at 6:58 pm
    “Poor Sam is being screwed out of an extra 5mm for being active.
    How will he feed his family?
    He’s earned around 130 mm”
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    Are those millimeters high stacks of million dollar bills or M&Ms candy?

  42. He can play if he has a team around him. I think Bradford is unfairly maligned. Most of the teams he has been on have either had really poor offensive line talent or very injured offensive lines. these offensive lines also contributed to his injuries that have nagged him his entire career. He is also constantly changing coaches and offensive coordinators.

    Jags should have already signed the guy by now. I don’t care what you say, he is better than Bortles. The Broncos are also itching for a reliable backup and seeing how poorly Keenum is playing, Bradford would be the starter soon. Giants make the most sense because of the Schumur connection. I see some people saying Bills, but that makes zero sense unless you want him to backup Allen.

    I promise you, the Vikings favorite QB of the 3 they had last year was Bradford because he simply was the best passer, and it was so obvious when he would sling it. It was the knee that kept the vikings from committing. If Simian wasn’t there, the Vikings would be calling. Heck, the Lions and Bears should consider Bradford as a backup. I honestly see Bradford as a very sneaky backup, kind of like Foles was last year. I really think he could put together a string of wins if he had to come in for a team in the playoffs.

  43. Edward Halverson says:
    November 3, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Sam should have had a career in burglary.

    Cuz he sure got away with a ton of lute!

    LOL

    Lute? As in Lute Olson??

    Loot. You were close though. And correct in what you were trying to say.

  44. The reason they cut him is bc if he were to get injured and not pass his physical at the end of the year, they would be paying him next year too due to his injury guarantee. As many have noted, that is highly likely.

  45. I don’t think it was a mistake at all to sign Bradford. He’s a proven quality NFL QB. When you draft a young franchise QB, you’re not 100% sure how long it’s going to take to get him ready. Once it became obvious that Rosen had taken over the #1 job, they didn’t need Sam. Glennon is a quality QB too. Hey, the Eagles’ all-world front office signed Sam a little while ago. It’s never a mistake when you take advantage of the opportunity to pick up an elite QB. Believe me, Bradford won’t be sitting on the couch long. He probably has several teams looking into acquiring him right now. I’ll bet the 49ers are pacing back and forth right now, trying to decide their QB situation. Teams that could use a quality QB for half a season should pick up the phone without hesitation, or somebody else will.

  46. Why not buffalo giving him a look? Gotta be better than anything they have on the roster…

  47. Looking at his stats he’s not bad… never really seen him play. Does he suck or am I missing something here?

  48. Bradford has been worthless for some time now. Actually the paper QB never could stay healthy and never really was a threat at QB. He could be viewed as one of the all time thief’s of the game with all the money he made.

  49. How does he keep finding ways to hurt the Vikings? It is time for him to retire, buy a sailboat, Set out to sea…. Then sink the boat, do it to him, like he did with every other team he has been on.

  50. According with Albert Einstein Insanity was doing the same all over again and expecting different results, he was a wise man, GM’s and fans still think he can do some with OL and playmakers around him. He just isn’t good and never will be under pressure no matter if he has Steffon Diggs and Adam Thielen as his receivers.
    Clean pocket really? Maybe we should put Nick Mullen in the HOF already

  51. I’m not sure why folks are mad a Bradford for banking so much money. If someone offered me $100M to do a job I wasn’t very good at, I’d say yes in a heartbeat. Blame the GMs that signed him.

  52. steves11 says:
    November 3, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    “I’m pretty sure EVERY quarterback can succeed under those perfect circumstances”

    Even Tim Tebow?

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    Is TT really a QB or just a good athlete…

  53. Why isn’t anyone holding Steve Keim responsible for signing Bradford AND approving the hiring of Mike McCoy as the offensive coordinator?

    Keim is the guy who negotiated and approved the Bradford deal.

  54. Well, maybe this time someone will sign Bradford for his REALITY instead of his FANTASY. Signing any player because of their potential (everything goes right, Jupiter is in Aquarius, yada, yada) is a recipe for disaster. Sure – Bradford COULD be a very good QB – but – what have you done for me lately is an apt phrase.

    A reasonable (when is the NFL reasonable now?) contract would be something like $5 Mil a year, no guarantee, and with escalators so that if he plays and plays very well, he can get PAID. Make him earn it this time.

  55. Grumps LowenLeft says:

    November 6, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Well, maybe this time someone will sign Bradford for his REALITY instead of his FANTASY. Signing any player because of their potential (everything goes right, Jupiter is in Aquarius, yada, yada) is a recipe for disaster. Sure – Bradford COULD be a very good QB – but – what have you done for me lately is an apt phrase.

    A reasonable (when is the NFL reasonable now?) contract would be something like $5 Mil a year, no guarantee, and with escalators so that if he plays and plays very well, he can get PAID. Make him earn it this time.

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    Not for a backup QB. Even sub-quality backups are getting 7-10. Lots of guys got 10+ that are now backups. Makes Foles look like a darn good deal…

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