Bradford replaces Teddy Bridgewater, who went down for the season after sustaining a gruesome knee injury this week.
Apparently that doesn’t mean a first-rounder, which comes in 2017, was off limits (the fourth-rounder comes in 2018).
Sam Bradford was given the trade out of Philadelphia he wanted months ago, just eight days before the season opener. The Vikings have enough lower round picks to get back into first if they need it, but more than anything, they trust Mike Zimmer can overcome Bridgewater’s injury and get Minnesota back in the playoffs. “We have an opportunity with this to get back into the first round of the 2017 draft, get a pick in 2018 that we thought was important, and utilize that cash and cap space to improve the team in other areas that we didn’t have prior to this week”. Yes, Sam Bradford is nothing more than a talented, injury-prone enigma six years into his career.
While others seem pessimistic about the trade, Spielman is confident.
And despite the fact he hasn’t seen game action since August 11 and missed a ton of physical reps in the process; now, the Eagles seem ready to hand the keys to Wentz immediately, even for Week 1 against Cleveland, if the North Dakota State product is deemed fully healthy.
Bradford regretted his decision when the Eagles traded several draft picks to select Wentz, and he missed a number of optional workouts. He is signed through 2017, which was a major reason for Minnesota’s interest. “But I think it just takes time, getting in there studying it and trying to learn it”. And if they win the Super Bowl, then the conditional pick becomes a second rounder. Minnesota won 11 games past year, beat the Packers at Lambeau Field to win the NFC North and has one of the three best defenses in the league.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and Vikings GM Rick Spielman pulled off one of the biggest trades of the National Football League season and explained how everything went down to MMQB’s Peter King. The Eagles are responsible for Bradford’s $11 million signing bonus, which was due on or before September 1, and the rest of his contract – $20 million in base salaries and $4 million March 2017 roster bonus – would go to the Vikings, according to ESPN.
The Eagles will now look to open the season against the Browns with the rookie quarterback they were able to acquire through a trade with Cleveland.
“This was not part of the blueprint, but we have to take advantage of opportunities that are presented to us”, Eagles personnel boss Howie Roseman said. While the Vikings believe he’ll make a full recovery because he’s young (23), they also said his recovery time will be “significant” and can’t say with certainty that he’ll be ready to play by the start of next season. His 3,725 yards passing in 14 games was the fourth-most in Eagles history, thriving down the stretch in coach Chip Kelly’s fast-paced scheme.
Bradford signed a two-year, $35 million contract extension last March with the Eagles.
First player selected in the 2010 draft, Bradford had happened to the Eagles in a trade with the St. Louis Rams previous year. Bradford will now play for his sixth offensive coordinator – Norv Turner – in seven seasons.
Bradford, who was acquired during last offseason from the Rams in the Nick Foles deal, played just one season in Philadelphia.
Bradford does not mind the pressure he will take playing for the Vikings.
Fans anxious about Bradford’s learning curve will be happy to know he’s familiar with much of the terminology in offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s system.