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Rosenfels: Cardinals Better Draft Bradford's Backup Now

"He's frail," Rosenfels says

Tiki and Tierney
March 13, 2018 - 5:10 pm

The Minnesota Vikings entered the offseason with three quarterbacks. All three will reportedly by gone on the first day of free agency.

Case Keenum is expected to sign with Denver, which went 5-11 last season, while Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford are expected to sign with the Jets (5-11) and Cardinals (8-8), respectively.

“I’m a much bigger fan in this situation of Teddy,” former NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels said on Tiki and Tierney, when asked to compare Bridgewater and Bradford. “I think Teddy has all the upside. I like Teddy going to the Jets. If he plays anything like he did a couple years ago, he’ll make that football team better.”

Bridgewater, 25, completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 3,231 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2015. He dislocated his knee and tore his ACL during an August 2016 practice, however, and hasn’t played a meaningful down since.

Bradford, meanwhile, has missed at least six games in four of his eight NFL seasons. He missed all of 2014 and played in just two games last season.

“(The Cardinals) better draft his backup right now,” Rosenfels said. “He’s frail, he gets hurt a lot, he’s no longer the play-making quarterback, he doesn’t move around outside the pocket, one of his knees is completely done – that’s a one-year deal to try to patch something together until you hopefully sign somebody or try to figure out something next year. I just don’t see him as a long-term solution.”

The Vikings, on the other hand, hope they found their long-term solution. They have reportedly agreed to a three-year, $86-million contract with Kirk Cousins.

“I like the move,” Rosenfels said. “I like being aggressive, and he was the best quarterback that was available. Drew Brees wasn’t really a free agent this year, and I do believe (Cousins) is an upgrade on Case Keenum – and I love Case Keenum. I was one of his staunchest supporters.”

Keenum led the Vikings to a 13-3 record and an NFC Championship Game appearance. While Cousins may be an upgrade, the Vikings shouldn’t assume the Super Bowl is theirs.

“A lot of bounces go right and wrong, and the Vikings got a lot of good bounces last year,” Rosenfels said. “Their defense played great, the offense did a lot of really good things, Case played really well – but you just never know. They’re going to be in a battle for their lives with the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers every single year. The Lions are good. They’re a solid football team. The Bears are trying to make their way back. So it’s going to be a battle next season. 

“But I do believe they were looking to go out and find the best veteran quarterback that could help them win in the next two to three seasons, and that guy was Kirk Cousins,” Rosenfels continued. “He has the most experience, he has the most work under his belt, and they were willing to pay for him (over) Case Keenum, who gave them one miraculous season but doesn’t have that total body of work that Kirk Cousins has.”