The Arizona Cardinals seemed to have found their short-term quarterback replacement for Carson Palmer. The Viking traded a first-round pick for Bradford prior to the 2016 season after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a gruesome knee injury.
Bradford will sign a deal worth $20 million for 2018 with an option year for 2019.
The 30-year-old is coming off a season in which he played two games before knee surgery felled him.
The hyped quarterback-rich draft, too, still awaits, where the Browns, Giants, Broncos, Jets and Bills are expected to consider the likes of Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson. Protecting against the possibility of Keenum being just a one-year wonder, the Broncos chose to give him just a two-year deal and don't regard him yet as their long-term starter.
With NFL free agency set to open this week, Nathan Peterman is the only quarterback on the Bills' roster. He missed half of the 2013 season and all of 2014 after tearing his ACL in back-to-back years. Once Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum were off the board, it makes sense to chase Bradford as a bridge as the Cardinals continue to look for a young alternative to be the long-term starter.
Bradford has been solid for the Vikings when he's been healthy enough to play.
Instead, Minnesota turned to Keenum, who threw for 3,500 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions while leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game. If you remember the last we saw of that line, it was frightening.
Minnesota has expressed preliminary interest in Tampa Bay free-agent guard Kevin Pamphile.
Bradford is not a stop-gap solution, he's a guy who will likely spend the season battling injuries while the backup quarterback gets ready to fill in.