Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Cardinals now find their quarterback as free agents go fast

Cardinals now find their quarterback as free agents go fast

Among those teams is the Arizona Cardinals, who were one of the few franchises that were reportedly pursuing Cousins before he chose to join the Vikings. While nothing is official yet, multiple reports say the Cards plan to sign veteran quarterback Sam Bradford.

Bradford, 30, was acquired by the Minnesota Vikings from the Philadelphia Eagles following Teddy Bridgewater's season-ending injury before the 2016 season in exchange for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick. Bradford was the third domino in a wild market for veteran signal callers that opened this week. Once Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum were off the board, it makes sense to chase Bradford as a bridge as the Cardinals continue to look for a young alternative to be the long-term starter.

It is understood Bradford, who played only two games for the Minnesota Vikings past year as he struggled with a knee injury, will earn $20m for the 2018 season, with an option for another $20m in 2019. The deal also includes an option year at $20 million. He has thrown for 19,049 yards, 101 touchdowns and has completed 62.5 percent of his passes. And the team is obviously not done when it comes to addressing the position. They have pick No. 15 in the first round.

The Oklahoma alum, of course, has a lengthy injury history. It was to the same knee where the quarterback had twice torn his ACL, though tests this time revealed no structural damage. He initially was injured in Week 1, missed Weeks 2-4 and saw his comeback in Week 5 end before halftime when he re-aggravated the injury.

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