ORCHARD PARK – With the Minnesota Vikings all in on attempting to land top free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, their trio of QBs from this past season are drawing interest elsewhere.
Earlier on Tuesday numerous reports announced that Case Keenum – who led the Vikings to the NFL Championship game this past season – will be signing with the Denver Broncos. Apparently, if the New York Jets miss out on Cousins, they’ll pursue Minnesota’s 2014 first-round pick, QB Teddy Bridgewater. That would leave eight-year veteran Sam Bradford as the only former Vikings starter still available, and apparently the Bills are interested.
During a segment on the NFL Network program, “Good Morning Football,” Ian Rapoport was chatting about Cousins and went on to explain that with Bradford unlikely to be retained by the Vikings, Buffalo has been in contact with the former No. 1 overall pick and his representatives.
“To my understanding, the Buffalo Bills have engaged with [Bradford] and engaged with his representative Tom Condon, to try and do a deal there,” Rapoport said. “We’ll see if that ends up coming to fruition but certainly the Bills would be a good landing spot for Bradford considering that Minnesota seems to be out as far as the starting quarterback goes.”
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Buffalo’s interest in a veteran quarterback is interesting given the rampant speculation that they’re looking to move up into the top five and draft a rookie quarterback out of this very talented group of prospects. Just yesterday, that thought seemed to become an even bigger reality after they traded LT Cordy Glenn to the Bengals and swapped first round picks in the process to move up to No. 12 overall. With a plethora of other draft assets, Buffalo has more than enough firepower to move even further up.
Of course, just because they Bills may want to draft and develop a quarterback, doesn’t prohibit them from also sign a veteran. In many cases teams look to pair a veteran with a backup rookie talent in the hopes of giving him some time to learn behind an experienced player. Whether or not Bradford is willing to sign on as a bridge for a team likely to draft a QB remains to be seen.
Bradford began the 2017 season slated as the Vikings starting quarterback following a campaign two years ago where he posted a single[-season NFL record 71.6 completion percentage. After suffering what was deemed a “deep knee bruise” in Week 1 though, Bradford was forced to sit out for several weeks. He returned in Week 5 but re-injured the knee and was placed on the IR. During Minnesota’s playoff run, Bradford was reactivated but only to serve as Keenum’s backup.
Over the course of his career Bradford has acquired quite the reputation for injury prone, especially after twice tearing the ACL in his left knee in back-to-back seasons from 2013-2014. Before missing most of this past year due to injury, Bradford did play in 15 regular season games for Minnesota in 2016. Along with his record completion percentage year, he threw for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions.