Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
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Cardinals bring in Bradford on 1-year deal

Cardinals bring in Bradford on 1-year deal

The Minnesota Vikings quarterback is expected to join the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent, NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon reported Tuesday via Twitter.

Bradford will sign a deal worth $20 million for 2018 with an option year for 2019.

Steve Wilks, former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator has not taken the reigns at head coach in the desert, and quarterback Sam Bradford (per Adam Schefter) has agreed to a contract with the Cardinals.

All three deals can become official when the new league year begins Wednesday. And now Bradford gets another $20 million this year with the Cardinals.

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'll manage the offense, complete a high percentage of his passes (71.8 percent of them in his two seasons in Minnesota) and limit turnovers (just five interceptions in his past 17 games).

The 30-year-old, who was selected with the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, hasn't quite lived up to the expectations that come with being a first overall pick. Protecting against the possibility of Keenum being just a one-year wonder, the Broncos made a decision to give him just a two-year deal and don't regard him yet as their long-term starter.

In short, he could be the ideal bridge quarterback for a team that'll pick No. 15 overall in April's draft.

In Bradford, the Cardinals landed a steady veteran quarterback, though one who has had his share of injury issues. He was the starter in 2014 and 2015 before suffering a torn ACL in the final preseason practice of 2016, and has played in just one game since. 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.

Bradford isn't an elite option at the position-he's never thrown for more than 21 touchdowns in a season-but at the very least he's a steady short-term option.

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