Sam Bradford
QB ARI (9)
1 month ago

While he still expects Bradford to be the starting quarterback, Cardinals coach Steve Wilks noted that "every position is open for competition", Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports. "We got Sam to be our starting quarterback and I would still say that is the case," coach Steve Wilks said. "I'm very excited about Josh, what he can bring. Every position is open for competition."

EDGE Analysis

Wilks seems to be leaving the door open for Josh Rosen, who the Cardinals selected at No. 10 overall after trading up with the Raiders. The outcome was far from ideal for Bradford, as Rosen was once viewed as a likely top-five pick and possible Day 1 starter. Based on Wilks' comments, a training camp battle figures to ensue.

Sam Bradford
QB ARI (9)
1 month ago

Bradford made some throws during the open portion of Thursday's minicamp practice, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cardinals are proceeding slowly with Bradford in an effort to ensure he's fresh for the regular season. Coach Steve Wilks confirmed as much Thursday, telling Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic that the quarterback's limitations are intended to reduce wear and tear on his body. Bradford joined the organization in March after a campaign in which he made only two appearances for the Vikings due to a left knee injury and subsequent surgery, his third as a professional. Although the knee is healthy, according to Wilks, Bradford will continue to have a cap on his workload throughout the offseason program.

Sam Bradford
QB ARI (9)
1 month ago

Bradford didn't throw Tuesday, which marked the first day of the Cardinals' voluntary minicamp, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Because the Cardinals experienced a coaching change this offseason, they were allowed to kick off their program earlier than those who did not. During the second week of workouts, new head honcho Steve Wilks said he would not "rush" Bradford early on, presumably with the quarterback's loaded medical chart in mind. In his most recent stop with the Vikings last season, Bradford missed all but two games due to an injured left knee, which underwent arthroscopic surgery Nov. 7. Fast forward, and Wilks' statement came to fruition at Tuesday's practice. Expect limitations on Bradford's workload to continue into OTAs and potentially June's mandatory minicamp.

Sam Bradford
QB ARI (9)
2 months ago

Coach Steve Wilks implied Tuesday that Bradford may be limited during the offseason program, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bradford emerged from Week 1 last season with a left knee injury and made just one appearance the rest of the way. Arthroscopic surgery on Nov. 7 was the primary reason, but once healthy, he served as the primary backup to Case Keenum during the Vikings' playoff run. Moving on to the Cardinals in the offseason, Bradford is the favorite to be under center to kick off the upcoming campaign, but his voluminous history of knee injuries appears to be inducing some pause from Wilks, who doesn't want to "rush it" with his new QB, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. As a result, Bradford is a candidate to have his workload capped during OTAs and mandatory minicamp.

Sam Bradford
QB ARI (9)
2 months ago

Bradford made his two-year contract with the Cardinals official Friday, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The physical was looming as a potential holdup, though the Cardinals obviously know that Bradford's balky left knee is part of what they're signing up for. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer referred to the knee as "degenerative" a couple weeks ago, though he also mentioned that Bradford has been able to ski during the offseason. Never known for his durability, the 30-year-old quarterback may find it especially difficult to stay healthy while playing behind a porous Arizona offensive line. He'll at least get to play with David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald, though the complementary weapons are lacking through the first few days of free agency. Bradford won't have much appeal outside of two-QB leagues unless the Cardinals secure major upgrades around him in the coming weeks. Fellow free-agent addition Mike Glennon doesn't figure to have any real shot at unseating Bradford for the starting job.

Sam Bradford
QB ARI (9)
2 months ago

Bradford intends to sign with the Cardinals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bradford presumably will serve as the 2018 starter while Arizona develops a young quarterback behind him. With Case Keenum reportedly going to Denver, Kirk Cousins to Minnesota and Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland, the Jets and Bills are the only remaining teams with clear needs for a veteran QB, which means Teddy Bridgewater, A.J. McCarron and Josh McCown may be fighting for two spots. Bradford should enjoy throwing to Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson, but the 30-year-old's troublesome left knee may not hold up behind a porous offensive line. The Cardinals need to do more work in the coming weeks if they want to field a 2018 offense that's any better than mediocre.

Sam Bradford
QB ARI (9)
3 months ago

Bradford was able to ski last week, but Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer suggested the quarterback's left knee is still considered degenerative, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bradford's ability to serve as the Vikings' backup quarterback during the playoffs doesn't seem to lessen the long-term concern regarding a left knee that required ACL repair surgery in both 2013 and 2014. While he did bounce back with a solid campaign in 2015 and the best year of his career in 2016, the 30-year-old quarterback aggravated his knee last season and had arthroscopic surgery Nov. 7. Now set to hit free agency, Bradford likely will field offers for a starting job, but his medical history will make it tough to land a contract with significant guaranteed money beyond 2018. The Vikings probably prefer to sign Kirk Cousins or Case Keenum, leaving Bradford to seek employment with one of the other QB-needy teams in the league. The Cardinals, Jets, Bills, Broncos and Browns come to mind as potential suitors.

Sam Bradford
QB ARI (9)
4 months ago

Bradford completed 32 of 43 passes for 382 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions over two games for the Vikings in 2017.

EDGE Analysis

Coming off a 2016 season in which he recorded the highest completion percentage in league history, Bradford came out blazing to start the 2017 campaign, dicing the Saints for 346 yards and three scores in Week 1. However, he seemingly suffered an unspecified left knee injury in the process and only made one more game appearance before ending the year on injured reserve. Bradford was ultimately activated during the Vikings' playoff run, so he appears to be entering the offseason at full health, but the Oklahoma product is nonetheless facing an uncertain future considering he'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.

Sam Bradford
QB ARI (9)
4 months ago

Bradford will serve as the Vikings' backup quarterback in Sunday's NFC championship game at Philadelphia.

EDGE Analysis

For the second week in a row, Bradford has usurped Teddy Bridgewater as the top reserve option to starter Case Keenum, who has handled most of the offensive snaps among Vikings QBs since Week 2.

Sam Bradford
QB ARI (9)
4 months ago

Bradford (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's playoff game against the Saints, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bradford, who came off IR on Saturday, is thus slated to serve as Case Keenum's backup Sunday, while Teddy Bridgewater, who had worked as the team's No. 2 QB down the stretch,was made inactive by the Vikings.