As the trade deadline passed last Tuesday, all NFL veterans are allowed to be waived. And the Cardinals used that to part ways with veteran QB Sam Bradford on Saturday.
The former Rams No. 1 overall pick started the first three games of the season for the Cardinals, and wasn’t able to secure a win. In turn, rookie Josh Rosen took over under center, and Bradford has been with an earpiece on the sideline ever since.
So, quarterback-needy teams around the league have the option to pick up Bradford, who has seven NFL seasons under his belt. The Giants have issues with their own veteran quarterback in Eli Manning, and rookie Kyle Lauletta may have messed up their transition to starting him after the bye week due to his arrest earlier this week.
But it doesn’t look like the team views Bradford as a good option, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
Bradford does have a Giants connection, though, in head coach Pat Shurmur. Shurmur was Bradford’s first offensive coordinator back in 2010 when he came to the team as a rookie. Shurmur would later leave for the Browns’ head coaching job in 2011, but the two reconnected in Philadelphia with the Eagles in 2015, and again in Minnesota when they joined the Vikings in 2016.
Shurmur had Bradford under center to start the 2017 season before an injury led way for Case Keenum to take over the offense.
Despite the Giants not having a definitive plan at quarterback after Manning, Bradford may not be the best option for the future. When he is healthy, he hasn’t produced any elite-level seasons. His best came back in 2016 when he threw for 3,877 yards with a 71.6 completion percentage, 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. The Vikings, though, went 7-8 over those 15 games Bradford started.