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  • Are the Cardinals benching Sam Bradford already?

    Cardinals can save money in roster bonuses by benching Sam Bradford
    9:44 AM ET
    Adam Schefter
    ESPN Senior Writer

    The Arizona Cardinals continue to stand by quarterback Sam Bradford even though they have scored only six points in eight quarters.

    But if the Cardinals needed any added motivation to turn to rookie first-round pick Josh Rosen, they will have some financially.

    The Cardinals are the worst offense in the NFL through two weeks and Sunday will be the first test for a scaled down playbook.

    If the Cardinals bench Bradford after this week or even decide to release him from the roster and go with Mike Glennon as the backup, they would save over $4 million in unpaid per-game roster bonuses, per a review of Bradford's contract.

    That number would decrease with each week that Arizona waited to make that move, but there are some around the league who believe the Cardinals already are thinking about making a quarterback change.

    Rosen took some reps with the first-team offense in practice, and those around him believe he is making progress and it is only a matter of time before he plays this season -- as it was for fellow rookie quarterbacks Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Josh Allen.

    But there also is a cost to Arizona for each week it waits. For each game Bradford is active this season, including Sunday's home game against the Chicago Bears, he receives a $312,500 bonus. So if Bradford and the offense don't start producing more, the Cardinals could opt to turn to Rosen -- and save millions of dollars doing it.

    Bradford, 30, has passed for a total of just 243 yards and thrown two interceptions in his first two games with the winless Cardinals.

  • #2
    Started hot against the Bears but has thrown 2 ints since then and the Cards have made the switch to Rosen.


    • #3
      With the way Sam refused to renegotiate with the RAMS so they could improve the team around him, and the way he has reacted to competition with each team he has been to since, I don't feel sorry for him at all. Let the Cards cut him. Although, if they wait until after he gets a beating from our DL, then that would be icing on the cake.



      • #4
        Originally posted by gap View Post
        With the way Sam refused to renegotiate with the RAMS so they could improve the team around him, and the way he has reacted to competition with each team he has been to since, I don't feel sorry for him at all. Let the Cards cut him. Although, if they wait until after he gets a beating from our DL, then that would be icing on the cake.

        I can't feel sorry for anyone who has made as much money as Bradford has underperforming for desperate teams. I expect the Cards to cut him. Apparently they'll save around 4 mil if they do because he has a bonus paid out for every game he's on the roster.


        • #5
          The Cardinals will actually be more competitive with Rosen. I've always liked Rosen as a QB. He has a strong arm and is extremely accurate. In his limited time last night, he showcased some good throws. The Cards o-line did him no favors.


          • #6
            Originally posted by gap View Post
            With the way Sam refused to renegotiate with the RAMS so they could improve the team around him, and the way he has reacted to competition with each team he has been to since, I don't feel sorry for him at all. Let the Cards cut him. Although, if they wait until after he gets a beating from our DL, then that would be icing on the cake.

            Yeah....over 100M in earnings with nothing to really show for it. I think he is fine.......


            • #7
              Originally posted by macrammer View Post

              Yeah....over 100M in earnings with nothing to really show for it. I think he is fine.......
              I think one of the talking heads said that he's gotten 138M guaranteed over the life of his career which is about 1.3 M per TD pass. All the credit goes to his agent for securing guaranteed money for a check-down passer. Unbelievable. The first 50M was rookie money, but the rest ??? Un-friggin-believable !! If I was player I'd be lining his agent up immediately.


              • #8
                They've apparently made him the third sting QB, which typically is inactive on game days. That saves them $312,500 in the form of a roster bonus each week.


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