Well, I’ll say this for the Arizona Cardinals. They’re succinct.
We have released QB Sam Bradford. https://t.co/32FZusGAZe— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) November 3, 2018
Sometimes you only need six words to tell a story and, in the case of Sam Bradford and the Cardinals, this epitaph seemed fitting.
Bradford was released by the Cards after starting just three games for Arizona this year. He signed a one-year, $20 million contract ($15 million guaranteed) that defied explanation even at the time of the signing. He went 0-3 in his only three starts of the season, with a 62.5% completion rate, 400 yards, 2 TDs and 4 INTs. He also lost two fumbles and was sacked six times in three games.
Cardinals wound up paying QB Sam Bradford a $10 million signing bonus, about $2.5 million in base salary and another $1 million in playtime bonuses - a total of $13.5 million for playing three games.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 3, 2018
Bradford was replaced by the rookie they drafted just a few weeks after signing Bradford, Josh Rosen, who was started every game since. Veteran Mike Glennon will now be Rosen’s back-up.
Bradford of course was the Eagles’ starting quarterback in 2015 when he went 7-7 with 3,877 yards passing 20 TDs and 5 INTs with a rating of 86.4. He was traded days before the start of the 2017 regular season to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for a first and fourth round pick, clearing the way for Carson Wentz to be the Opening Week starter.
The rest, in Philadelphia, is history.