Even with the re-signing of Matt Cassel this offseason, it’s no secret the Minnesota Vikings need a quarterback of the future. Through the pre-draft process they have been tied to nearly every notable quarterback prospect, from Teddy Bridgewater, to Johnny Manziel, to Derek Carr to more recently Blake Bortles.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, appearing on a radio show on Monday, said that “people in the league” think the Vikings have talked with the St. Louis Rams about a trade involving quarterback Sam Bradford. Is the former No. 1 overall pick a good fit?
Bradford has not played at the level expected of him after being taking first overall in 2010, and he was in the midst of arguably his best season in 2013 before suffering a torn left ACL and missing the final nine games. At this point Bradford is on track to be healthy for training camp, but the Rams’ reported recent interest in Manziel has further fueled speculation about his future with the team.
Apart from any shortcomings Bradford has as a player, his contract is a significant road block if St. Louis is serious about trading him. He is due to make just over $14 million this season, and nearly $13 million in 2015, as he wraps up the six-year deal he signed after being drafted. With an 18-30-1 record as a starter and making it through all 16 games twice in four seasons, a well-reasoned argument can be made Bradford is the most overpaid player in the NFL.
Bradford does not seem to have the arm strength to thrive in Vikings’ offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s system, but it would be interesting to see how he performs with better skill position talent around him and a competent offensive line in front of him. Any interest the Vikings have should come down primarily to what the Rams are looking for in return, and the trade would have to come with the understanding that Bradford will restructure his contract.
If the Rams take a quarterback with either of their two first-round picks (No. 2 and No. 13 overall) Thursday night they would remove a lot of their trade leverage, so at some point between now and then any rumors surrounding Bradford may become reality.