With the Arizona Cardinals being the fourth team to give Sam Bradford a chance, the reactions on social media were truly interesting to behold.
On one hand, you have to like a guy getting another chance in the NFL, someone who has battled and overcome adversity, on the other hand, you understand the saltiness that can come from the fact that Sam Bradford has earned more money over his career than Aaron Rodgers.
Sam been getting paid since he got drafted #1 lol https://t.co/F2GSNuqKOT— Jerraud Powers (@JPowers25) March 13, 2018
So dumb. Bradford has been paid more for nothing than anyone in history of nfl— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) March 13, 2018
If Sam Bradford sees the entirety of his $20 million contract, he will have earned $134,084,404 over his career. 34 career wins since he entered the league in 2010, and never more than 7 wins in a season.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) March 13, 2018
Mike Zimmerman: Sam Bradford’s knee is essentially “bone-on-bone”. #ThatsMyQuarterback— Johnny (@JohnnysFootball) March 13, 2018
Sam Bradford is proof that u too can scrape together a modest living if u study hard eat ur vegtables and manage to allways get injured before you have the opportunty to lose any big playoff games— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) March 13, 2018
Okay, hear* me out: Eagles hold off on the Nick Foles trade until a camp injury makes a team desperate for a QB, a la the Sam Bradford trade with the Vikings.— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) March 13, 2018
The QB that gets injured in camp? Sam Bradford.
With $20 million on the way from Arizona, Sam Bradford's on-field career earnings will hit $134 million through the 2018 season.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 13, 2018
Career Record: 34-45-1
Interceptions: 57 pic.twitter.com/hK7aBdGtdK
Let's follow Sam Bradford's career:— Blake Allen Murphy (@blakemurphy7) March 13, 2018
-Drafted by Rams, Rams trade for Foles, then up for Jared Goff
-On Eagles, team trades up for Carson Wentz
-Goes to the Vikings, team signs Kirk Cousins to a megadeal.
Sam Bradford is LITERALLY the QB you have before you get another one.
I'd rather pay Josh McCown $10 million than Sam Bradford $20 million.— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) March 13, 2018
Imagine having the balls to ask for $20 million for Sam Bradford, and then you get it.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) March 13, 2018
Keim: How's the knee?— Andy (@AndyCarlsonShow) March 13, 2018
Keim: Cool. Here's $18M.
Bradford. Wait. I said it was---
Keim: You're a shrewd negotiator. $20M it is.
Bradford: Oh..... Okay.
There's not a lot of public positive perception on this move for the Arizona Cardinals.
Maybe that's a good thing for Arizona. While the rest of the NFC West gets loaded up, the Cardinals are doing a nice job and hanging back to get ready for a re-tool.
It won't be popular outside the Cardinals fan base and likely won't make Cardinals fans very happy. Yet, when you look at where the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers are right now, the Cardinals are not in a place to compete right away financially with them.
Bradford offers them a competent and competitive player at an average rate. He'll perform well if on the field.
Now, about that last part...