Cardinals Release QB Sam Bradford, Place OL John Wetzel On IR

The Arizona Cardinals announced Saturday that they’ve released QB Sam Bradford and placed OL John Wetzel on injured reserve with a neck injury.

It was clear that Bradford’s time with the Cardinals was going to end at some point this season after he was demoted to their third-string quarterback.

Arizona will move forward with rookie Josh Rosen as their starter and Mike Glennon serving as their backup.

Mike Sando notes that the Cardinals will gain a projected sixth-round compensatory pick by releasing Bradford.

Bradford, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Rams back in 2010. He spent four years with the Rams before he was traded to the Eagles in 2015. After Bridgewater sustained a serious knee injury last year, the Eagles traded him to the Vikings for draft compensation.

Bradford played out the final year of his two-year, $36 million contract that included $36 million guaranteed with the Vikings.

The Cardinals signed him to a two-year, $40 million contract that includes $15 million guaranteed this past offseason. Bradford was set to make base salaries of $5 million and $7.5 million over the next two years of the agreement.

According to, releasing Bradford will free up $,687,500 of available cap space while creating $5 million in dead money next year.

In 2018, Bradford appeared in three games for the Cardinals and completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 400 yards to go along with two touchdowns and four interceptions.


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