Here's what the Sam Bradford signing means to the Cardinals

Here's what the Sam Bradford signing means to the Cardinals

Here's what the Sam Bradford signing means to the Cardinals

Arizona went 8-8 in 2017, and after the season ended, both head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer announced their retirement. The veteran quarterback posted the league's highest completion percentage in his first season with the Vikings, and Bradford, 30, looked poised for a breakout year in 2017. The contract also reportedly includes a one-year option for $20 million.

Bradford had an outstanding 2016 season for the Vikings, but lingering knee problems as a result of previous surgeries to fix an ACL caused him to miss most of the 2017 season. The former first-overall pick has already surpassed $114 million in career earnings, including $25 million from the Vikings, before his new deal with the Cardinals, according to

Case Keenum, who replaced him and never gave up the starting job, is now set to be usurped by Cousins in Minnesota and subsequently join the Denver Broncos as the quarterback picture becomes clearer around the NFL.

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The Cardinals don't have any other quarterbacks under contract. The University of Oklahoma product missed the entirety of the 2014 season with a torn ACL. And if the Cardinals want him back in 2019, they'll have the ability to exercise an option on his contract for another $20 million. But giving Cousins a fully guaranteed deal worth $28 million per year is a new level of risk, and could haunt the team if it's a whiff.

Bradford appears to be healthy, at least as healthy as someone who has gotten hurt as many time as he has, can. The Vikings are still sorting out what they want to do with the offensive line, but a source said a top priority is re-signing free-agent guard Joe Berger.

Another target in free agency was guard Andrew Norwell.

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