NFL Network’s Tiffany Blackmon reported Tuesday that free-agent quarterback Sam Bradford expects to sign with Arizona.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport cited the impending deal as a one-year pact worth $20 million with a second-year option for an additional $20 million, per a source.
Bradford might not be seen as the starry, free-agent equal of Cousins, but he’s a sneaky high-potential, short-term signing for the Cardinals. His health and durability remain a raging question mark, but Bradford has strung together positive outings over the past few seasons. He was ranked No. 12 on NFL.com’s Top 101 Free Agents of 2018.
The 30-year-old Bradford started just two games in 2017, authoring a pristine performance in a 29-19 win over the Saints in Week 1. The former first-overall pick was then lost to a lingering knee issue that ultimately paved the way for Case Keenum. His only other action came during a Week 5 win over the Bears.
It’s worth noting that Vikings coach Mike Zimmer recently called Bradford’s knee issue a “degenerative” condition.
Blackmon was told by a team source that Arizona views Bradford’s “accuracy” and “arm strength” as major positives. Among all quarterbacks with 15-plus starts over the past two seasons, only four players — Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers — own a higher passer rating.
It’s worth noting the Cardinals also have the No. 15 overall pick in the draft. Blackmon mentioned that “best player available” could be in play with that selection for a team that must also focus on rebuilding their offensive line.
Bradford represents a start for a team with zero passers under contract. Look for the front office to add another arm through free agency along with a rookie. Ex-Bears free-agent bust Mike Glennon was mentioned by Rapoport as a potential target for the Cardinals.
Bradford can operate at a high level — he’s proven that — but few veterans come with a hazier outlook in terms of staying upright.