The Arizona Cardinals cut ties with Sam Bradford on Saturday.
Well, the Sam Bradford experiment is over in the Valley as the Arizona Cardinals officially released the former Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday. Bradford, who started the first three games for Arizona this year, was replaced by first-round pick Josh Rosen prior to Week 4.
In total, Sam Bradford made $13.5 million for his time with the Cardinals, equating to $6.75 million per touchdown pass. All totaled up, Bradford threw for just 400 yards and two touchdowns in three losses while turning the ball over six times (four interceptions, two lost fumbles).
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Upon signing, Bradford earned a $10 million bonus. The other $3.5 million came via base salary ($2.5 million) and roster bonuses ($1 million). By letting go of Bradford now, the team saved the other $2.5 million of Bradford’s base salary and over $300,000 for any game he was active.
According to ESPN, any team who claims Bradford off waivers “will inherit the 30-year-old’s Cardinals contract.”
Additionally, the veteran signal caller had an option for 2019 that could have equaled $20 million, per ESPN.
Since switching to Rosen, the team has gone 2-3 but their offense hasn’t been tremendously better. With that said, they recently switched out offensive coordinators — favoring Byron Leftwich over Mike McCoy — which led to a resurgence from Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson in Leftwich’s only game calling plays.
Going into the season, it was clear that Rosen was the future but Bradford was supposed to be a gap-filler while the rookie got ready for action. Unfortunately, he was extremely ineffective in his time under center which fast-tracked Rosen to the No. 1 spot.
The Arizona Cardinals are currently on a bye week but will resume their season on November 11th at Kansas City.