The Minnesota Vikings made the headline of the NFL’s roster cut down day as they traded its first-round draft pick in 2017 and a conditional fourth-rounder in 2018 to the Philadelphia Eagles for Sam Bradford. Bradford will now take over the starting duties for at least the 2017 season until Teddy Bridgewater returns from his gruesome knee injury.
Talks began when Bridgwater went down with injury, but really began to heat up on Saturday. The Eagles hoped to keep Bradford, but with such a strong offer on the table and Carson Wentz on its roster it made sense for the Eagles to complete this trade.
After Bradford being frustrated all offseason with the Eagles roster moves he was shocked when he heard the news of the trade.
“My initial reaction was surprise,” said Bradford. “It’s something I really didn’t think was a possibility. It kind of caught me off guard, but I think after the surprise, I was quickly filled with excitement for a new chapter and the opportunity ahead of me.”
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman did not want to mortgage the team’s future for a potential one year rental for a quarterback and he does not believe he did with this trade.
“Mortgaging the future, to me, was asking for some of our younger players current Pro Bowlers or significant players on this roster,” said Spielman. “That’s where I said I would not mortgage the future, giving any of the young players that are currently on our roster up. I think everybody knows how we feel about Teddy, but to me, it was just too unique of an opportunity to bring in a caliber of player like Sam Bradford.”
The Vikings are getting a quarterback with career numbers of 14,790 yards, 78 touchdowns and 52 interceptions in 63 career starts. Bradford will help keep the Vikings in playoff contention with a young and talented roster around him.
The Vikings made a big investment in draft picks trading for Bradford, but it was necessary move to maximize the veterans on its roster in Adrian Peterson and to continue developing young talent in Stefon Diggs.