The Cardinals, Vikings and Broncos each are poised to have a new, veteran, quarterback.
The Associated Press, citing a source, said Sam Bradford and the Arizona Cardinals agreed to a one-year, $20 million contract with a second-year option, also for $20 million. Bradford, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft by the St. Louis Rams, is known for his strong and accurate arm, but he has struggled with injuries.
He is set to join a team in dire need of a quarterback. There has been none on its roster since the retirement of Carson Palmer and the departure of free agents Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert this offseason.
Bradford has appeared in 80 games — all as a starter — for the Rams, Eagles and Vikings. He has completed 63 percent of his passes for his career, 72 percent the past two seasons in Minnesota. But he missed most of last season because of a knee injury. Case Keenum took over and led the Vikings to the playoffs. But he, like Bradford, became a free agent and reportedly is set to sign with Denver.
Keenum, 30, is considered the second-best QB available in free agency after Kirk Cousins — who reportedly is set to replace Keenum in Minnesota. Keenum had a record of 11-3 with 3,547 yards passing, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
The Cardinals, because of their salary-cap limitations, were a long shot to land Cousins — the most high-profile of this year’s free agents. Cousins, who has spent his entire NFL career with the Redskins, reportedly has been offered a three-year, $84 million deal by the Vikings.
That would make him the highest-paid quarterback in the league. When word leaked that he had that deal looming, the dominos began to fall for other teams in search of a quarterback.
The Jets elected to bring back Josh McCown after losing out in its bid for Cousins and reportedly now are trying to sign Teddy Bridgewater, another former Viking who is a free agent.
The Saints agreed to a two-year, $50 million extension with Drew Brees, with $27 million guaranteed in the first year.
Big-name player moves, either already made or pending when free agency begins Wednesday afternoon, weren’t limited to the QB position:
• The Cardinals released seven-time All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson after a half-season that included a pair of impressive games and a season-ending injury. His release was not unexpected, with David Johnson returning from injury and expected to fill the primary running back spot. Peterson, who turns 33 next week, ranks 12th in the NFL in career rushing (12,276 yards).
• Aaron Rodgers is losing his most prolific receiver but might be getting an upgrade at tight end. The Packers cut Jordy Nelson, the third-leading receiver in franchise history. Meanwhile, the team reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with standout tight end Jimmy Graham, who had been with the Seahawks and before that the Saints.
• Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who had been with the Lions, and linebacker Corey Nelson, who had been with the Broncos, have agreed on one-year contracts with the Eagles, the AP reported. The team released tight end Brent Celek.
• The Jets are set to sign cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who formerly was a franchise player for the Rams, ESPN reported. The Jets also are expected to add running back Isaiah Crowell, who had been with the Browns.
• The Dolphins plan to sign two receivers, former Patriot and Ram Danny Amendola, plus former Chief Albert Wilson.
• Cornerback Malcolm Butler, who was benched by the Patriots in the Super Bowl, agreed to a five-year deal for more than $60 million with the Titans. The Titans also agreed to a four-year contract with former Pats running back Dion Lewis.
• Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, who had been with the Panthers, is headed to the Bills, who re-signed defensive tackle Kyle Williams.
• The Bears are set to sign former Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson as well as tight end Trey Burton, who had been with the Eagles. They also are expected to sign ex-Dolphins kicker Cody Parkey.
• The Chiefs have agreed to deals with wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who had been with the Rams, and middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens, who was with the Cowboys.
• The Giants are expected to sign former Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart.
• Receiver Paul Richardson is headed from the Seahawks to the Redskins.
• The Raiders agreed to a three-year contract extension with tight end Derek Carrier.
• The Buccaneers finalized new deals with receiver Mike Evans and tight end Cameron Brate.
• Linebacker Paul Posluszny of the Jaguars retired.