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Quarterback Thunderdome 2018: What should the Vikings do with Sam Bradford?

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The forgotten man in this year’s quarterback debate

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In the three-way dance that is the Minnesota Vikings quarterback situation in free agency, it would appear that Sam Bradford has largely been forgotten. After a brilliant start to the 2017 season, Bradford missed all but two more quarters of the remainder of the season with a knee injury. As he gets ready to enter free agency here in March, there’s a lot of mystery surrounding Bradford and his future.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that, out of the three quarterbacks the Vikings are going to be dealing with in this situation, Bradford is the most talented thrower of the football. He makes throws that Case Keenum and Teddy Bridgewater can’t make, and his accuracy is outstanding as long as he’s not running for his life. That’s the positive.

The flip side of that, obviously, is Bradford’s injury issues. He’s had his left knee reconstructed twice, and nobody really knows for sure just what sort of condition his knee is in. As far as we know, it could be bone-on-bone at this point, and that can’t be a good thing going forward.

Bradford isn’t an old man by any stretch of the imagination. . .but, by all accounts, at least one of his knees is that of an old man. We know what Bradford is capable of when he’s given time and decent protection. . .if you’ve forgotten, just go back and watch the Vikings’ Week 1 game against New Orleans. He’s got all the talent in the world, but how much does the team trust him? How much can any team trust him going forward?

A lot of people have written Bradford off as a potential answer for the Vikings at quarterback, and personally I think the odds of him being in purple next season are pretty long at best. But, we’re curious as to what everyone else thinks.

Poll

What should the Vikings do with Sam Bradford?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Place the franchise tag on him and see how 2018 goes?
    (491 votes)
  • 11%
    Work out a long-term deal and declare him the answer
    (412 votes)
  • 75%
    Let him go and reap whatever potential comp pick might be had
    (2828 votes)
3731 votes total Vote Now