With primary target Kirk Cousins off the market, the Cardinals moved to Plan B — as in Bradford at quarterback.
Sam Bradford will sign with Arizona when the new league year begins Wednesday, ESPN.com reported, citing an unidentified source.
Now that Arizona will land Sam Bradford, it leaves the Jets and Bills still in search of veterans.
Veteran QBs available include Teddy Bridgewater, Josh McCown and AJ McCarron.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
According to the Arizona Republic, Cousins was Plan A, but he’ll be signing with Bradford’s former team, the Vikings. That left the Cardinals and Bradford, 30, making alternate plans that intersected.
The Cardinals also were considering another former Vikings QB with a significant knee injury, Teddy Bridgewater, as well as Josh McCown and AJ McCarron, the Republic reported.
By going with Bradford, the Cardinals are making a less expensive though definitely more risky route. Bradford was limited to just two games in 2017 because of a third injury to his left knee. He initially was injured in Week 1, missed Weeks 2-4 and saw his comeback in Week 5 end before halftime when he re-aggravated the injury.
Case Keenum replaced him and never gave up the starting job.
Because of the knee injury, Bradford wasn’t even able to return to practice until January but surely will have to pass a physical, if he hasn’t already, for the Cardinals.
In 80 NFL games since 2010 with the Rams, Eagles and Vikings, Bradford has completed 1,805 of 2,887 passes (62.5 percent) for 19,049 and 101 touchdowns with 57 interceptions. He missed all of the 2014 season with a knee injury.