The Minnesota Vikings have traded for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, a deal which was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The return on the trade is a 2017 first round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick. Prior to this trade, the Eagles did not have a 2017 first round pick because of trades that allowed them to select Carson Wentz with the #2 pick this year. This deal will allow Howie Roseman to make a first round selection in front of Eagles fans since the draft will be in Philadelphia.
The Vikings were in need of a quarterback due to Teddy Bridgewater’s injury last week. The 23-year-old will miss the 2016 season with a dislocated knee and a torn ACL sustained in practice. Bridgewater, a first round pick in 2014, threw 292 passes for 3,231 yards and a 65.3% completion percentage. He also tossed 14 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons, compared to just nine interceptions last year. He also rushed 44 times for 192 yards and 3 touchdowns.
In March, Bradford signed a two-year contract extension with the Eagles, but was reportedly unhappy when they drafted Wentz in the first round. Last season he started 14 games for the Eagles, throwing 532 passes for 3,725 yards. He has struggled with injuries throughout his career, but with Bridgewater set to return for 2017 the Vikings are only in need of his services for one season.