The Cardinals came into the offseason with a major need at quarterback and they’ve reportedly landed one player who will be in the mix to take over the job come the start of the regular season.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Sam Bradfordintends to sign with the Cardinals once free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. There’s no word on the terms of the deal.
There was word that the Cardinals have interest in Mike Glennon earlier on Tuesday, although that didn’t seem like a real solution to their need for a starter in 2018. Bradford has more experience in that role and he’s had some success over the years when healthy.
That caveat is a major one for a player who has torn his ACL twice and missed all but two games for the Vikings last season because of further knee trouble. That history suggests the Cardinals will be adding other options at quarterback in free agency and/or the draft to go with Bradford.
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A familiar and intriguing name hit the market on Monday morning when NFL teams and representatives for unrestricted free agents could begin negotiating, at least with the blessing of the league.
The Vikings contacted Brees’ agent, Tom Condon, according to the NFL Network. It’s unknown whether the Cardinals did, too, but it seems a team in need of a quarterback would at least inquire about Brees.
And no team is needier than the Cardinals, who don’t have one under contract.
Brees has professed a desire to remain with the Saints, so landing him is the kind of a dream a general manager tells his wife about in the morning before venturing into the real world.
The Cardinals might be willing to go there, but is Cousins willing to come here? According to reports and myriad rumors, the Vikings are Cousins’ first choice because they have enticing items such as cap space, a good defense and talent on offense.
The Cardinals have an above average defense, receiver Larry Fitzgerald, running back David Johnson and did we mention Fitzgerald?
The Cardinals are $20.6 million under the salary cap, according to the NFL Players Association. That number could increase quickly with the release of running back Adrian Peterson ($2.9 million savings), guard Mike Iupati ($6.3 million) and safety Tyrann Mathieu ($4.8 million), who has been asked to take a pay cut.
The pursuit of a quarterback will dictate what else the Cardinals are able to do in free agency. If they can’t sign Cousins, they will turn to one of several cheaper alternatives, such as Sam Bradford, Josh McCown and Case Keenum.
That would increase the likelihood of selecting a quarterback early in the draft, something the Cardinals haven’t done since picking Matt Leinart in the first round of the 2006 draft.
Quarterback isn’t the only position the Cardinals need to address. In addition to adding a cornerback, a receiver or two and a tight end, they need to bolster their offensive line, especially the guard positions. They have interest in Andrew Norwell, formerly a Panther, but he might command more than they are willing to pay.
As of Monday, Agents and teams could officially negotiate, but deals cannot be officially executed until 1 p.m. Wednesday, the start of new “league year.”