Sam Bradford intends to sign with Arizona Cardinals

Posted March 15, 2018

The former No. 1-overall pick of the Rams will be signing with the Arizona Cardinals, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The free-agency period officially opens at 1:00 on Wednesday. However, he was activated for the playoffs, meaning he should be back at 100 per cent. He threw 23 touchdown passes to five interceptions and averaged 7.2 yards per attempt in 17 starts.

The Cardinals also were considering another former Vikings QB with a significant knee injury, Teddy Bridgewater, as well as Josh McCown and AJ McCarron, the Republic reported.

What that typically means for contracts the Cardinals give out is a chunk of the money guaranteed comes in the form of a roster bonus for each game in which he is active.

With primary target Kirk Cousins off the market, the Cardinals moved to Plan B - as in Bradford at quarterback.

According to the NFL Network, Bradford has said his knee injury subsided in recent months, allowing him to return to practice ahead of the postseason, and that he "absolutely" intends to keep playing in 2018.

Before going to the Vikings, Bradford played one season with the Chip Kelly-led Philadelphia Eagles. Then, his fate with the Rams was basically sealed, after he tore his left ACL in both the 2013 and 2014 season. He's completed 63 percent of his passes for his career, 72 percent the past two seasons in Minnesota. Backups Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert both became free agents as well.

Bradford has more experience in that role and he's had some success over the years when healthy.