The Arizona Cardinals are heading to the bargain bin for their veteran quarterback once again, following a similar mold to their last addition of Carson Palmer, by signing Sam Bradford in free agency according to multiple reports.
NFL Media reported that Bradford will sign a contract worth $20 million for 2018 with an option year for 2019.
Bradford is one of three Vikings quarterbacks set to become unrestricted free agents on Wednesday.
While he is not getting paid what Kirk Cousins reportedly will get from the Vikings, Bradford isn't exactly a bargain.
After being named National Football League offensive rookie of the year in 2010, Bradford tore his left ACL in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. That means likely new destinations for Bradford, Case Keenum, and Teddy Bridgewater. On Tuesday, they also reached a deal to re-sign Josh McCown for $10 million for one year. However, he might also have the lowest floor, as injuries have routinely prevented him from staying on the field in his first seven seasons, when he's missed a combined 33 regular-season games.
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The former Heisman Trophy victor and first-round pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2010 has made $114 million over his career, but injuries have haunted Bradford. He was traded to Philadelphia in 2015.
Bradford affords them the opportunity to make a run at a top draft pick. It seemed like a high price to pay for a quarterback who never quite lived up to his own draft position, but he played quite well in his time with Minnesota. He has thrown for 19,049 yards, 101 touchdowns and has completed 62.5 percent of his passes. He suffered two ACL tears in 2013 and 2014. Keenum took over and led Minnesota to the NFC Championship Game.
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It remains be seen how hard the Vikings will look to retain Johnson, who made $2.35 million last season.