Bradford cleared waivers Monday, making him a free agent, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Arizona marked the fourth stop of Bradford's career, but his 2018 campaign lasted all of three appearances before coach Steve Wilks pulled him in favor of rookie quarterback Josh Rosen. During his time on the field, Bradford posted a career-worst 62.5 QB rating, which was fueled by a miserable 5.0 yards per attempt and two touchdowns versus four interceptions on 80 passes. Despite not making an appearance on Cardinals injury reports this season, Bradford reportedly didn't practice the five weeks before his release due to longstanding issues with his left knee, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN. As a result, any organization interested in Bradford will expose the veteran signal-caller to a physical to scrutinize his health.
Bradford was released by the Cardinals on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Bradford signed a one-year, $20 million contract with Arizona in March and began the season as the starting quarterback, but has been relegated to third-string duties. The 30-year-old completed 50 of 80 passes for 400 yards with two touchdowns, four interceptions and two lost fumbles before being replaced by rookie Josh Rosen late in the Week 3 loss to the Bears. Bradford will hope to latch on elsewhere after a disastrous stint with the Cardinals, though his potential contract could make that a reason teams look elsewhere.
Bradford (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Seahawks, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
As expected, Bradford has yielded the No. 2 job to Mike Glennon after losing the starting QB gig to Josh Rosen last weekend. Unless something happens to the duo, Bradford seems destined to be deactivated on game day for the foreseeable future.
Bradford is expected to be the Cardinals' No. 3 quarterback moving forward, resulting in inactive status on game days, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
The Cardinals won't officially confirm their Week 4 inactives until about 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:05 PM ET kickoff, but Bradford seemingly will be wearing street clothes with the Seahawks in town. Coach Steve Wilks will thus trust in Josh Rosen as the starting quarterback, with Mike Glennon backing up the 2018 first-round pick.
Bradford (pectoral) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
As if getting demoted to backup quarterback behind a rookie wasn't enough, Bradford dealt with a pectoral injury this week, limiting him Wednesday and Thursday before taking every rep Friday. He'll enter the weekend with a clean bill of health, but snaps on Sundays will be difficult to come by unless something befalls Josh Rosen.
Bradford was a limited practice participant Wednesday due to a pectoral injury, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Bradford's health isn't much of a concern for the Cardinals now that Josh Rosen has been promoted to the No. 1 job. The team may opt to move forward with Mike Glennon as the backup quarterback on game days rather than paying Bradford a sizable bonus for each week he's on the active roster.
Bradford has lost the starting job to Josh Rosen, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Bradford put up just 20 points and committed six turnovers in three games, eventually getting benched during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Bears. It remains to be seen if he'll be active for Week 4 as the backup quarterback, given that the Cardinals can avoid some of his roster bonuses if he isn't on the 46-man gameday squad. It would be cheaper for the team to use Mike Glennon as the backup for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Bradford was replaced by Josh Rosen in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 16-14 loss to the Bears, finishing 13-for-19 passing for 157 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a lost fumble.
After tossing a pair of scores in the opening quarter, Bradford saw three consecutive drives end with punts to close out the first half. He then turned the ball over on three straight series coming out of the break, eventually giving way to Josh Rosen for the final five minutes of the game. The rookie completed four of seven passes for 36 yards and an interception, but he did nearly march the Cardinals into field-goal range right around the two-minute warning. It won't come as any surprise if Bradford is relegated to the backup job for Week 4 against Seattle, though coach Steve Wilks declined to commit to a starter when talking to the media after Sunday's loss, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Head coach Steve Wilks confirmed that Bradford will remain the Cardinals' starting quarterback, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports. "Sam's the guy," Wilks said Wednesday.
The Cardinals are safely in the NFL's basement in terms of offensive output through two games, accounting for a dismal 350 yards. While Bradford is completing a palatable 61 percent of his passes, he has just two completions of 20-plus yards en route to 243 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The scheme likely requires some tweaks, but lesser quarterbacks have had better success with top-tier weapons like Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) and David Johnson. Until Bradford turns it around, the pressure to thrust rookie signal-caller Josh Rosen into action will mount.
Coach Steve Wilks declined to commit to Bradford as the starting quarterback for Week 3 against Chicago, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Wilks didn't actually say anything specific when asked about the quarterback situation, sticking with the typical coach's statement of "everybody will be evaluated." Bradford struggled through another awful outing in Sunday's 34-0 loss to the Rams, completing 17 of 27 passes for 90 yards and an interception. With Josh Rosen waiting in the wings and Arizona's season seemingly going nowhere, Bradford will be on a short leash even if he does keep the starting job for another week.
Bradford completed 20 of 34 pass attempts for 153 yards with no touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 24-6 loss to Washington.
Bradford passed for just 11 yards in the first half, while leading the offense to a measly two first downs. It didn't get much better in the second half, as the Cardinals did not score until late in the fourth quarter on a David Johnson touchdown run. On the bright side, Bradford showed a strong connection with Larry Fitzgerald, as the duo hooked up seven times for 76 yards. The veteran quarterback probably won't find things easier Week 2 with the Rams on the schedule.
Bradford enters the 2018 season in good health, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. "I know that right now, it does feel as good as it has felt in a long time," Bradford said of his knee Wednesday.
Bradford was limited to two appearances with the Vikings last season due to complications with his left knee, which eventually underwent a cleanup procedure on Nov. 7. Despite being activated from IR in the playoffs, he backed up Case Keenum during Minnesota's two-game run. Upon joining the Cardinals, Bradford's activity level was monitored throughout the offseason with his oft-injured knee in mind. After a preseason in which he completed eight of 11 passes for 73 yards, Bradford is poised to act as a game manager in a David Johnson-dominated offensive scheme.
Bradford played the first two drives in Sunday's 27-3 preseason win over the Cowboys, completing one of four passes for six yards.
Bradford saw limited action while top skill-position players David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald sat out entirely. Mike Glennon and rookie Josh Rosen (thumb) don't appear to be serious threats to Bradford's starting job heading into the Sept. 9 season opener against Washington.
Bradford completed each of his six pass attempts for 61 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Saints.
After leading a run-heavy touchdown drive on his only series in the preseason opener, Bradford got a bit more playing time Friday, producing seven points on three drives. Josh Rosen also got some work with the first-team offense, completing 10 of 16 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, all in the second quarter. There may not be any competition for the Week 1 starting job, but the calls for Rosen will heat up if the Cardinals don't stay in the playoff hunt. There's also the issue of Bradford's left knee, which Vikings coach Mike Zimmer once referred to as "degenerative".
Bradford will play more than a series in Friday's preseason game at New Orleans, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Bradford did little more than hand off the ball to David Johnson and rookie Chase Edmonds in his debut with the Cards on Saturday, attempting just one pass. With more than one possession expected of Bradford on Friday, the offense likely will be a bit more diverse, especially to build an in-game rapport with Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and others in the passing attack. Urban also relayed that 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen will work with the first-team offense, so Bradford's usage should be more indicative of what will occur during the regular season.
Bradford played 10 of 54 offensive snaps during Saturday's 24-17 preseason win against the Chargers.
The Cardinals were deliberate during their first offensive possession, ordering up seven runs versus just one pass. A six-yard connection between Bradford and tight end Ricky Seals-Jones aside, the combination of David Johnson and rookie Chase Edmonds marched the Cards 45 yards across nearly six minutes. Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is smart to play to his strengths, but the sample size isn't enough to assume Bradford won't air it out this year, likely in some sort of quick passing attack with Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald acting as the primary targets.
Bradford will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
After endearing a cap on his practice reps throughout the offseason program, Bradford has been running the first-team offense since training camp opened July 28. The decision by coach Steve Wilks was a logical one due to Bradford's injury history, namely regarding his left knee. Wilks wouldn't divulge how many snaps or series Bradford will take on Saturday, but it likely won't be much with 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen, Mike Glennon and Chad Kanoff all waiting in the wings.
Bradford has been a full-go during training camp and taken all first-team reps, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Bradford had his health monitored closely throughout the Cardinals' offseason program, taking limited reps to try and reduce the wear on his surgically repaired left knee. However, with training camp in full swing, Bradford has increased his workload to include all drills as he prepares for the regular season. The ninth-year quarterback is expected to open the season as the Cardinals' starter, with Mike Glennon and rookie Josh Rosen in tow as backups. Rosen could get his shot before the end of the year if Bradford struggles or the Cardinals fail to compete for a playoff spot.
Bradford participated in team drills during mandatory minicamp last week, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Bradford took the next step in the plan aimed at keeping his health intact during the offseason program. The Cardinals conjured the schedule after the oft-injured quarterback was limited to two appearances in 2017 due to complications with his left knee, which underwent surgery Nov. 7. Between the conclusion of minicamp and the start of training camp, Bradford will continue to build up his strength and conditioning, at which point he expects to "be ready" July 28. Despite the presence of 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen, Bradford is favored to land the starting QB gig by Week 1.
Bradford is expected to increase his reps at mandatory minicamp next week, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "Today was a good day in terms of an operational day for us, and he didn't get any of that work," coach Steve Wilks said after Tuesday's OTA practice. "Next week, those are some of the things we are trying to get him in the mix."
Since landing in Arizona earlier this offseason, Bradford's workload has been limited as a way to keep pressure off his surgically repaired left knee. In addition to Wilks' insistence that Bradford will enhance his profile in practice next week, the head honcho expressed confidence that the quarterback is "on schedule" and "feels real confident right now with how his knee feels." Bradford is the favorite to lock down the starting gig in August, but the arrival of 2018 first-rounder Josh Rosen during the draft makes the situation a bit foggier than anticipated. Assuming Bradford is under center Week 1, he'll have stud skill-position players Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson at his disposal.