Sam Bradford’s Minnesota Vikings career might be over but his addition was worth it for the purple.
The Minnesota Vikings didn’t play a game on Wednesday, but it was a day that set forth a path for the franchise in a couple of ways. While Teddy Bridgewater was added back to the active roster, Sam Bradford was placed on the injured reserve which ended his season and likely his Vikings career.
It’s amazing to think of the ups-and-downs that the Vikings went through in the time with Bradford at the helm. Bradford was brought in during a panic as Bridgewater had a horrible leg injury, Bradford led the Vikings to a remarkable first half of 2016 for the team only to collapse and miss the playoffs all together, the first game of 2017 saw Bradford play the best game of his career and then it was all over. Bascially.
Sure, Bradford came back for a half against the Chicago Bears, but he shouldn’t have. Bradford didn’t look good in that half and to make the memory of Bradford stand nicely in Vikings’ memories, we should just remember his game against the New Orleans Saints this season and nothing else from 2017.
It’s a shame that Bradford can’t seem to stay healthy. When the former first overall draft pick is rolling, it looks like he could be a MVP-caliber quarterback. The problem is that Bradford hasn’t been able to stay healthy to stay rolling for too long.
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That all being said, the trade for Bradford was more than worth it for the Vikings. If the team hadn’t had traded for him last season, there is no way they have a remarkable first half. If Bradford stays healthy this season, we are probably talking, even more, about how the team is a legit Super Bowl contender.
A first round pick and a fourth round pick is a big price to pay, but it needed to be done. The trade was for a potential franchise quarterback and the Vikings needed to take the chance that Bradford was just that. It doesn’t appear that his health will allow that in Minnesota or probably anywhere in the NFL.
The Vikings will now turn to Case Keenum to get them through the immediate future and Teddy Bridgewater beyond that. Minnesota could be in much worse shape than that.
It’s a shame that Bradford’s Vikings career is going to end this way, but such is professional sports. Hopefully, Bradford can catch on somewhere and the Vikings can defeat him in the Super Bowl next season. We’ll just have to wait and see.