Arizona Cardinals to sign quarterback Sam Bradford


The Arizona Cardinals have a new quarterback, but he's not likely to be their quarterback of the future.

The Heisman Trophy victor was drafted by St. Louis with the first overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

When the new league year opens Wednesday, the Arizona Cardinals will sign Sam Bradford, ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported Tuesday, making him the first addition to GM Steve Keim's previously barren QB room.

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Unfortunately, the now-veteran signal-caller has been unable to play an entire season since.

Bradford spent the last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, but only played in two games. 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.

Bradford's 1-year deal with Arizona is for $20 million, including $15 million guaranteed with a $20 million second-year option, according to Schefter. When he has played, however, he has played well, with the former No. 1 overall pick completing more than 71 percent of his passes with 23 touchdowns and only five interceptions in 17 games played with Minnesota. Similar to other clubs that made moves for veteran passers but are hardly set, like the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos, the Cardinals will be addressing the position early in next month's draft. It was to the same knee where the quarterback had twice torn his ACL, though tests this time revealed no structural damage. He was shut down for the 2017 last season after needing surgery to help fix a bone bruise in his knee.