They missed out, but didn’t take much time to sign Bradford to a one-year, $20 million deal on Tuesday.
Bradford played well when he was healthy at the beginning of the 2017 season. But he spent most of the year sidelined with what Vikings coach Mike Zimmer described as a degenerative condition in his knee. He’s undergone two ACL surgeries and has been hindered by injuries throughout his career. He’s not a long-term answer for Arizona, but at least they’ve got a starter for this season.
Brees himself has said he doesn’t anticipate testing the open market, but it’ll be a little tricky.
Brees’ contract did not allow the Saints to use the franchise tag, so they’ll have to meet his price for a standard contract before a March 14 deadline that would accelerate $18 million in salary-cap space.
The situation provides an opening for Brees to test the market if he changes his mind.
The Broncos took themselves out of the mix early, signing Keenum to a deal that’s expected to be two years and around $18 million per season. That fits much more easily with the Broncos’ current cap situation than Cousins’ big money would have.
Keenum was decent last season in Minnesota, and he’ll have the benefit of a great Broncos defense and talent like Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas around him. He needs to have a good year.
That’s why the Broncos haven’t ruled out drafting a quarterback in the first round this year, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
This is a case of Mo’ money and Mo’ problems. He wasn’t very good in 2017 in every aspect of his game and isn’t ideal to have around for a rebuilding team. At 28, he has played his last down for New York.