After losing Teddy Bridgewater to a non-contact torn ACL in practice last week, the Minnesota Vikings said they had the utmost confidence in Shaun Hill being their starting quarterback in 2016. As it turns out, however, that wasn’t entirely true. The Vikings acquired Sam Bradford from the Eagles on Saturday, giving up a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick in the process.
Was this the right move?
“If you’re thinking about going to the Super Bowl and you can get Bradford, I can’t see how you can’t make that move,” former Pro Bowler and current DraftNasty.com analyst Corey Chavous said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “They went into the season coming off a division championship (and) probably should have won the playoff game. If you bring in Bradford and he’s at least as good as Bridgewater – some people contend that he’ll be perhaps even a step up – then you’re in a (good) position. You reunite the old Oklahoma teammates, so there’s some continuity at least from a knowing-each-other perspective with him and (Adrian) Peterson. So I think there’s some positives to it. Now the pressure is on Bradford to acclimate himself within the locker room.”
But can he do that? After all, Bradford hasn’t had a great NFL career, he’s struggled to stay on the field, and, most recently in Philadelphia, he had a beef with management.
Can Bradford endear himself to teammates?
“Yeah, I think he can do it,” Chavous said. “I think the big key for him or one of the reasons why they made the deal was because of Shaun Hill. Remember, he played with him in St. Louis, so they kind of got some familiarity. Now I think that’s going to be a little bit difficult because I think Hill was looking forward to getting that opportunity this year to start. But he understands his role in this league at 36 years old. I played with Shaun. He’s a great teammate. I think for Bradford, I think he’s going to have to play well. If he comes in and he’s a reason why they lose any games, I think there will be a little bit of – not necessarily finger-pointing – but question marks based on what you just said.”
Bradford, 28, has played in just 21 games over the last three seasons. Last year, he completed 65.0 percent of his passes for 3,725 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 14 games. He has not played a full 16 games since 2012.
Minnesota opens the season this Sunday in Tennessee at 1 p.m. ET.