Today the Arizona Cardinals unveiled their shiny new quarterback Sam Bradford. In a press conference, general manager Steve Keim, head coach Steve Wilks, and Bradford appeared before the media for the momentous occasion. The veteran quarterback officially signed a two-year contract with the team and took his place at the top of the depth chart.
The deal has been reported to be worth up to $20 million for the 2018 season, with $15 million guaranteed. That amount puts the Cardinals quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers and ahead of Alex Smith, making Bradford the 16th highest paid quarterback in the league.
The 30-year-old quarterback has battled injuries since being drafted first overall by the Rams in the 2010 draft. Bradford played all 16 games that season, throwing for 3,512 yards and 18 touchdowns against 15 interceptions. Since his first season, Bradford has played in all 16 games just once, the 2012 season.
Is He Healthy?
Bradford has played well when healthy. During his time with the Vikings, Bradford played 17 games and threw for 4,259 yards and 23 touchdowns and five interceptions. It was during his time in Minnesota when he suffered a knee bruise which eventually knocked him out of the lineup for all but two games in 2018. Bradford was able to return and served as the backup for the Vikings in the NFC championship game.
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To his credit, Bradford has stated that his knee is doing well. He went on to say “In my mind it’s really not an issue.” Bradford later explained his ease, saying “I know the strength staff here, the training staff here [and] we’ve talked about putting a plan in pace to make sure my knee is as healthy it can be Week 1.”
Bradford will be able to show his health beginning on April 2nd, which is the beginning of offseason workouts for teams with new head coaches. The obvious goal is for the quarterback to be fully available for training camp in July as well as minicamp in June. Time will tell if Bradford is the answer at quarterback. Until then, the unveiling of the Cardinals’ newest signal caller builds interest for the next steps.