Vikings trade for quarterback Sam Bradford

September 3, 2016

Just days after starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was lost for the season due to a devastating knee injury, the Minnesota Vikings made a move to find his replacement, acquiring quarterback Sam Bradford in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, pending a physical.  In exchange for Bradford, the Eagles received a first round pick in 2017, and a conditional 2018 fourth round pick.

Other outlets have reported that if the Vikings win the Super Bowl this year, the conditional pick will become a second round pick in 2018.

One immediate impact of the deal is that Carson Wentz, the number two overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, will move up the depth chart for the Eagles and will almost certainly become the starting quarterback for the team at some point this year.

Meanwhile, the Vikings paid a high price for an injury-prone quarterback who was inconsistent in Philadelphia.  Nevertheless, the Vikings are hoping he can recapture some of the form that made him a promising rookie several seasons ago.

Bradford, the first-overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams, has thrown for 14,790 yards, 78 TDs, 52 INTs and has a 81.0 passer rating in his 63 career games, all of which are starts.  The former Heisman winner and 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year still holds the NFL rookie completion record (354).

Bradford, who was acquired by Philadelphia via trade during the 2015 offseason, set Eagles franchise records in completions (346) and completion percentage (65.0%) and finished fourth in team history in passing yardage (3,725) in his lone season with the club.

By Staff of and news services

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