The Minnesota Vikings announced that they have acquired quarterback Sam Bradford via trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, pending a physical. In exchange, the Vikings will send the Eagles a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick, according to the Eagles’ team Twitter page.
Bradford was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010, drafted by the Los Angeles Rams (then the St. Louis Rams). He has thrown for 14,790 yards, 78 touchdowns, 52 interceptions and has an 81.0 passer rating in 63 career starts.
The Eagles acquired Bradford in a 2015 trade that sent Nick Foles to the Rams. Bradford was able to set franchise records in completions (346) and completion percentage (65.0) in his lone season with the Eagles. He also finished fourth in franchise history with 3,725 passing yards.
Many people believed that the Vikings would look for another veteran quarterback to get them through the 2016 season and then turn back to Teddy Bridgewater - who suffered a dislocated knee, completely torn ACL and other structural damage in his left knee - next season. This trade, though, seems to indicate that the Vikings may not be all that confident that Bridgewater will be able to return next season, if at all.
Bradford is still just 28 years old and still has a lot of years left in his career. He has also proven to be a quality starting quarterback, when healthy, which means the Vikings may be looking more toward the future with Bradford.
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This trade indicates that the Vikings will look to have Bradford be the starter for the 2016 season, and possibly more seasons to come, but it will take time for him to get acclimated to the offense and personnel surrounding him. For that reason, Shaun Hill may be the quarterback that leads the Vikings for the first few weeks of the season. Fans may not see Bradford take the field until Week 7, the week following the team’s bye week, but it’s also possible he takes the field before then, especially if the team struggles with Hill under center.
Bradford is currently under a two-year deal worth $35 million and will be a free agent in 2018.