By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Arizona Cardinals may want to replace one veteran quarterback with another veteran quarterback. Carson Palmer retired from the NFL on Tuesday after 15 years in the league.
In this post, we’ll examine Sam Bradford, as a potential replacement for Palmer. Bradford — if he plays again — will likely be considered for another starting role.
Bradford will practice this week with the Minnesota Vikings since having arthroscopic knee surgery in November 2017. When he did play this season, the Vikings went 2-0.
He went 32 of 42 for 382 passing yards. He also had three touchdowns.
With the success of Case Keenum, Bradford is just several weeks away from having a new team. All three of the Vikings quarterbacks are free agents, including Teddy Bridgewater, who returned late in the season from a 2016 knee injury.
The 30-year-old could definitely sign with the Cardinals.
He is 34-45-1 as a starter in the NFL. The teams will have concerns about having too many injuries, yet they’ll still give him a chance since there are a limited about of starting-level quarterbacks available.
Last season, his first season with the Vikings following a Labor Day weekend trade from the Philadelphia Eagles, he went 7-8. He went 395 of 552 for 3,877 passing yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Bradford has not won more than seven games in a season. He won seven games twice with the St. Louis Rams, once with the Eagles and the aforementioned seven wins with the Vikings.
He also has not started 16 games in a season since the 2012 season. The other time he started 16 games was his rookie season in 2010.
General manager Steve Keim will definitely look at free agent quarterbacks this offseason — and he may elect to go with Bradford as the short-term answer. He could get at least a season out of Bradford, as long as he is healthy, before he will have to find a long-term answer since Bradford is not a franchise quarterback.
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