Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles both happy (for now) with Sam Bradford trade

The Minnesota Vikings made headlines on Sept. 3 by acquiring Sam Bradford. In a world where winners and losers are declared too quickly, both the Vikings and Eagles are claiming victory early on in the post-trade aftermath.

Is there such a thing as a trade working out for both teams?

In the world of sports, there almost always has to be a winner and a loser to a trade to assess who came out better.

While the trade the Minnesota Vikings made with the Philadelphia Eagles is only two weeks and change old, both sides can claim they made the right move by cutting the deal.

There is a line of thinking around Minnesota and Wisconsin that, if the Vikings or Packers were in the tank, if they won only two games, their fans would be slightly satisfied if both wins came against the other.

With Teddy Bridgewater’s future in jeopardy and Adrian Peterson sidelined, having a veteran quarterback is the insurance policy to keep the team from taking a backward step.


When the trade came down, it was viewed as that the Vikings gave up a king’s ransom for Sam Bradford, but, with the potential of Bridgewater’s injury potentially being more than a one-year concern, there was justification that, if things go as hoped and planned, the first-round pick they gave up won’t come off the board until very late in round, making it worthwhile if Bradford can produce as hoped.

Beating Green Bay and taking the lead in tie-breaker advantages that will still be in play until Christmas Eve is a selling point that has Bradford earning his keep early on and showing defenses that, whether the team has Peterson or not, the passing game can get the job done offensively.

In Philadelphia, it’s a completely different story. The trade of Bradford came as a surprise to everyone, including Bradford and rookie Carson Wentz. The plan heading into Labor Day Weekend was that Bradford would be the starter and Wentz would be brought along slowly.


The tipping point for the decision-makers with the Eagles was that the 2017 draft will be held in Philly and, because of the Wentz trade, the team didn’t have a role on Draft Thursday in their own town. Now they do.

The concession was to say, whether Wentz is ready or not, he’s getting thrown into the fray. Granted, their season began with Cleveland and Chicago, so there wasn’t the same sense of urgency as if they would have been playing Denver and Carolina the first two games.

Anyone who knows Philadelphia fans knows that this is the honeymoon period with Wentz. The abuse will take a little more time. From the Minnesota fans’ perspective, it may never get better than beating the Packers in the first game at a new stadium.

For now, both teams can say they’re happy with the trade. The passive aggression can wait for a while.


  • The Vikings and Wells Fargo reached an agreement on their legal dispute over Wells Fargo signs outside of U.S. Bank Stadium. Under the settlement, Wells Fargo will keep its rooftop signs, but they won’t be illuminated.
  • Carolina has won 14 straight games at home, but lost to the Vikings the last time they met.
  • A Vikings fan known as Sir Death – a member of the hardcore fan base Viking World Order – was involved in a giant marijuana bust that included more than 170 pounds of marijuana being seized. Karl Heinrichs, 44, was arrested earlier this month after drug seizures in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • Apparently Stefon Diggs has a big fan in Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, who referred to Diggs as “a beast” after watching the Vikings win on Sunday night.
  • Deadspin had some fun at the Vikings expense – or technically at its own. The team offered commemorative bricks outside U.S. Bank Stadium. The website paid for a brick that read, “To my beloved, the Minnetonka Queen” – a reference to one of the boats involved in the Vikings’ “Love Boat” scandal.


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