After being picked up by the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, Sam Bradford has been cut. He had his most productive season in 2016 and was plagued by injury in 2017. The Minnesota Vikings let him go in the offseason, and the Cardinals picked him up on a one-year $20 million contract. Bradford had an absolutely terrible start to his Arizona career. He started three games before the Cardinals put in rookie quarterback Josh Rosen. Bradford had 400 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions over his three games.
Arizona signed Bradford with the intent of him being their guy for the season and possibly the future. The Cardinals traded up to get Rosen with the tenth overall pick, and at that moment, it was clear who the franchise quarterback would be. Rosen slipped in many people’s minds and was projected to go higher. The idea looked like Rosen would get a year of watching under his belt before he was given the starting spot. Unfortunately, Bradford was so bad that the Cardinals pulled him out of a close game with the Chicago Bears and put in Rosen. Bradford was benched from there on and now he is gone.
The Cardinals needed a quarterback after Carson Palmer retired and Bradford was the replacement. Maybe it was the system, but Bradford never looked comfortable running the offense. He went two straight games without a touchdown pass, and in those two games the Cardinals were outscored 58-6. The only time Bradford looked comfortable was against Chicago when he finally threw a passing touchdown. He would be benched at the end of that game and not start again. He was the inactive third string quarterback because of his $300,000 bonus for each game he was active.
The Cardinals have not been able to find a consistent rhythm, even with Rosen. The team fired the offensive coordinator, Mike McCoy, after a terrible week seven performance against the Broncos. Byron Leftwich is the new offensive coordinator and Rosen already looks comfortable. Bradford played awful for the Cardinals, but it could have just been the wrong system for him. Now Arizona has let him go, and the Bradford experiment lasted about eight months. He will probably find another job, but it will be difficult for him to be a starting quarterback after his performance this season.