Sam Bradford and his contract

Posted by Darren Urban on March 19, 2018 – 1:47 pm

When Sam Bradford signed last week, the immediate reaction was tied in part to the contract he got and the numbers that were being thrown around. Monday, the details of the contract leaked out in multiple places, underscoring that the Cards did give Bradford a nice contract — but, given his injury history, he will have to be on the field for it to be as nice as it can be.

The key points: A $10 million signing bonus and a $5 million salary — the $15M guaranteed originally reported. Bradford can get another $5 million, but it will be doled out on a per-game basis, which works out to $312,500 each time he is active for a game. Interestingly, he also got a no-trade clause, perhaps not a shock after he was dealt right before the season started in 2016 from Philadelphia to Minnesota.

The Cardinals hold a team option for 2019, which has to be exercised a couple of days into the 2019 league year.

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45 Responses to “Sam Bradford and his contract”

  1. By Big Ken on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Still must leave the Cardinals with some cap space.

  2. By D on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Remind me again which NFL team that blowhard P. King is a GM for?
    That guy is given too much credit for football IQ.

  3. By creditcard on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    I can see why Sam is smiling. I would smile too.

    Imagine the cost if Bradford had a winning record, went to a play-off game or two, and actually led a team to the Super Bowl, or even win a Super Bowl.

    If all that we’re to happen Sam would be demanding Fort Knox type money.

  4. By creditcard on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    An Orthopedic Surgeon, saving lives makes about 1/15th of what Bradford is getting paid.

    Hey Keim, I can sell peanuts and beer at each of the games for a mere $10,000 per game — such a deal!

  5. By Darren Urban on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Credit —

    RE: Contract

    I’ve never understood why people who are fans of a sport are so angry about what the players make.

    You wouldn’t turn down the money.

  6. By Sackman on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Darren, any word on Jordon Matthews? Like us signing him soon!

  7. By Darren Urban on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Sackman —

    RE: Matthews


  8. By Dr. G. on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    And for those who thought Bradford coule be surrendered as trade bait in a deal to move up for a higher pick, he is the decider…not happening.

    Note: For all the negative responses before and after this signing, ((including mine)) – that point to his “”availability, & health”” – – this guy is rated pretty high when he is on the field…the reason for the “”game active”” bonus.

    A past #1 pick…he can bring it for Fitz and Seals to be serious weapons…with mostly quick deliveries and a much needed & improved O-Line. We can also look forward to having a couple TEs as much MORE THAN BLOCKERS!

    Its all about keeping this guy protected~ the skill is there…OPTIMISM? YEAH…

  9. By Russ h on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Cap friendly deal and they can cut him next year and save the big cap hit. This is a sign they are expecting to land a QB in the draft to learn behind him this year. Next year is our year with a bunch of cap room. Go cards

  10. By jeffcardinalfan on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    just a thought about nfl contracts-its ridiculous how much money athletes, musicians and actors earn. it is sad to think if I am the ONLY person in the world who doesn’t try to get every penny available…fact-I recently inherited a sizeable amount of money, stocks and property…before I lived in an old farmhouse and drove a 16 year old Saturn…now I drive a 17 year old truck(sold the Saturn to a family member for 400) and STILL LIVE I THE OLD FARMHOUSE-THAT I RENT. I GAVE AWAY ROUGHLY 60 % OF MY INHERITANCE TO PEOPLE WHO NEEDED IT MORE…the greed of the people mentioned earlier disgusts me those people alone could end hungry children. in the us. when these players talk about how they want their family be secure-wouldn’t say, 5 mil SECURE all of our familes for generations? how many gold plated Ferraris do they need?

  11. By Chris G. on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Darren, Do you have any info on any pro days The Cardinals have attended?

  12. By Darren Urban on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Chris G —

    RE: Pro days

    The Cardinals attend every large school pro day and almost all of them. It may be one scout, but they go to all of them.

  13. By TucsonTim on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply


    “I’ve never undrestood…” You need a wake call.

    You are dancing around a very dangerous line when you take your sanctimonious attitude about players money and throw it back at the “fans” like we might ever have a chance to make the stupid money these primadona “entertainers” make.

    They don’t save lives, they don’t cure blindness, they haven’t laid their lives on the line for anything…ever.

    Football is a GAME and these people who make MILLIONS, as well as the leaches who make a living off them, are just a step away from nothingness.

    I won’t watch baseball….used too, never will again. I’d rather watch lacrosse than basketball…that’s my choice.

    Some day the FANS might choose another sport. It might be Xbox sports and you and these millionares will be out of work.

    You don’t tell a fan how he or she should feel about spending their hard earned money, because we actually get up every day and work our asses off to make that money…ALL YEAR LONG. Not for 16 weeks.

    Think about your life outside of this GAME and be glad there are people who buy season tickets, come on this stupid blog and spend Thousands of dollars to watch a GAME and be DAMN glad they do.

  14. By Darren Urban on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Tucson —

    RE: Sanctimonious

    So if I say something it’s sanctimonious. If you say something — and you have posted many times, all often with a holier-than-thou attitude toward what I might say — it’s OK.

    Also, I work my butt off as well. All year long. For you to suggest otherwise is wrong.

    Finally, I’m not sure how much you think I happen to make. I’ll never have a chance to make anywhere close to that kind of money either. Although I assume I am a leach in your eyes.

  15. By MartinK on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Sounds like a good deal for both sides. It also sounds like Bradford wanted to come here and I can see that the Bills, Browns, and Jets would be less favored options.

    Our option of trading up has gotten a lot harder. The big question is what the Giants will do. If they take a QB, which I think they should, we are running out of options and would likely end up with Baker Mayfield after paying a lot to the Browns for essentially giving up Saquon Barkley.

  16. By NYCardinals212 on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    Go ahead, be offended. The rest of us have sh** to do.

  17. By NJAzCardsFan on Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

    If the Cards are serious about obtaining a QB of the future they HAVE to trade up with the Giants or Browns…. If they don’t, we know Keim isn’t that serious about getting a franchise QB of the future for the Cards. Look what the Eagles/Rams and other teams had to pay for their franchise QB’s. Barring any major injuries to their QB’s, they are set for the next 10 years. One has to pay the price for a franchise QB today or else play in a sea of mediocre. Besides how many times have the Cards NO.1 draft pick has actually been a quality 1st round type player??? The Cards have to trade UP, if they don’t want to become the bottom dweller of the NFC West!!!

  18. By Paysondude on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Darren…..Why was Honey Badger just let go instead of used as trade material?

  19. By Darren Urban on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Payson —

    RE: Trade

    Because no one was going to want to take that contract.

  20. By Dan Nicholson on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Tucson Tim
    RE: Players don’t ever save lives.
    They do save or help other people’s lives. Some do not want the mass attention and just want to be normal human beings. Vince Woolfork pulled a woman out of a burning car and Justin Pugh may have saved his friend Bill’s life. You should take off those blinders you are wearing. Need I mention the “Walter Payton” Man of the Year recipients. I appreciate the job you do Darren as do others, no matter your salary, although a raise would be nice for dealing with some comments.

  21. By jeffcardinalfan on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    I think a lot of the negative comments here are the result of passionate fans frustration at the cards not winning. who are we to kid ourselves-nothing we say here will have any impact on the team at all. having written a column about the cards on another website for about a year I can tell you this: journalism is work and at times its a tedious grind.

    its funny how we all have opinions about players and 99% of us would fail miserably as gm’s or coaches and keep in mind that we all want the cards to become a dominant team and win more super bowls than brady/belicek.

    so after all the grumbling we will all root for cards to win once season starts…its far easier to express negative thoughts than positive-just human nature.

    however, IF Bradford, pugh, iupati, smith, Humphries remain healthy and if some of the draft pics play well and cards win, sk will look like a genius and the team will be positioned next year(with lots of cap room) to REALLY improve the roster.

    the biggest thing the cards need is for Michael bidwill to become passionate about winning.

  22. By Coach K on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply


    Would you agree that if the Cardinals want to get one of the top four QB’s, they have no choice but to move up to #4 in a trade with Cleveland?

    I personally believe Buffalo will move up there and force the Cardinals to move down a few spots to settle for Rudolph and get an extra second round pick.

    Or, they may stay at #15 take an impact Tackle, or receiver and take their QB in round two from the second level of QB’s.

    Buffalo’s action will control what the cardinals do if they move up first.

  23. By Darren Urban on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Coach K —

    RE: QBs

    I believe the top 4 QBs will be gone in the top 5 picks if not the top 4. So I guess the answer is yes.

  24. By Fred on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Darren the way SK back loads contracts, do the cards take a large cap hit next year, do you no the numbers for Bradford, thanks.

  25. By Darren Urban on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Fred —

    RE: Bradford next year

    Next year would be a big hit, although I would assume if they like him after this year they would re-do/extend the deal.

    As of now, Bradford will cost $5M of dead money whether or not he’s on the team. He’d also be guaranteed $17.5M if he’s on the roster in March.

  26. By RagingREDBird on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    People get so mad over the money. These are freaks of nature and can get paid for that fact. Is it any more nobel to get a ton of money cause your family is rich and you just happen to be the offspring of wealth? Elon Musk is rich cause he is a genius… should he not get paid cause he too is a freak of nature?

  27. By Cardinal's Chick on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Just a note to those who have angst with the amount of money professional football players, or any other professional sport for that matter. Keep in mind that the average period of time these players are able to make that kind of money is around 3-5 years. I say get the money while they can.

  28. By JCH on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Who do you say the Cardinals Draft number 1. Over all? Then who they Draft in round 2 I want to hear your little “Mock Draft’………

  29. By Darren Urban on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    JCH —

    RE: Mock

    Who knows. At 15, the possibilities are endless — and that’s if they stay at 15.

  30. By D on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Besides CB and WR…TE is another spot AZ needs to add.
    M. Lewis from Jax just released, still a good blocker.

  31. By JCH on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Is it true that the Cardinals were trying to make a trade with the Eagles for Nick Foles? I just saw on and they said the Cardinals tried to trade for Foles but the Eagles declinded. This is what it said.

    The Super Bowl champs aren’t going to be chumps on the phone. That’s what we learned this past week when it came out that the Cardinals lobbed a call for Nick Foles. Howie Roseman laughs at your offer of a non-first-round pick. He scoffs. He doesn’t bite. He gleams. OK, that last one didn’t make sense, but you have to hand it to Eagles brass for the way they’ve managed their resources.

    Was this true?

  32. By Darren Urban on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    JCH —

    RE: Foles

    Could it be true? Sure. I have no first-hand knowledge. I haven’t seen the story.

  33. By Adam Smith b1723 fka DTL on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Expecting Cards to stand pat or trade down, take 2nd tier QB again about 35th or 40th (not lamar). Also expect Bradford to make Pro Bowl (in the what do I know category). This is a good guy, set up to succeed. he threw the ball to Matthews at PH, waiting for that contract. Pieces falling into place so far, Btw, Bill and justin a classic vid. Life lesson for us all.

  34. By Scott H on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Speaking of Sam Bradford….I just saw power rankings on and WITH the signing of Bradford being considered, the Cardinals have been down-graded to 27. Nice, huh?

    I think we ended last season at 20, maybe a little better. So, after what has been achieved so far this aggressive off-season, we are being looked upon by others as worse now than we were then.

    My problem is not the power rankings. My problem is that I agree with them.

    I can’t even really try to guage what I think the Cardinals will be in 2018 with Sam Bradford because I don’t even think he is going to play enough of the 2018 season for it to matter. So….

    Then, I try to guage what I think the Cardinals will be with Mike Glennon. And I don’t even want to TRY to guage what I think the Cardinals will be with Mike Glennon because, frankly, I think he stinks. So….

    Then what? What are we left with? Trying to guage what the Cardinals will be whoever their 3rd string QB will be? Or whatever rookie they might draft?

    I hate to say it but I think going from where we’ve been to 2018 could end up feeling like how when we went from 2008-2009 to 2010. And that was pretty un-pleasant.

  35. By Ottis Anderson Fan on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    I would have guaranteed Sam 10 million and have had him earn the other 10 million by being on the active list come game day (or $625,000/game).

    Kim needs to nail this draft, or he’s not going to see year three of his newly-signed contract extension. He’s overpaid dearly for chronically-injured veteran players so far this offseason.

  36. By KBofCG on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Love what SK has been doing, risky but i still love it…solid moves imo to improve what was our weakest link last year and he added a veteran QB who can throw with the best of em…if we can keep him upright and no freaky stuff happens (injury wise) i can see the Cardinals back in the playoffs this year…a line built to run and one of the (if not THE) best RBs in the league along with a QB that can pick a D apart with his accuracy…my only concern with our team at present is the CB2 spot, not sure if we have enough $ to get the right guy or if our hopes lie with the draft…id say S as well with Ty (gl in Houston brother) leaving but i can see Buc easily transitioning back if needed (having Bynes and Reddick help)…but im also hoping the Cards transition to a 4-3 D this year…there are also some good free agent Safeties out there but if money must be spent please Steve, get a solid veteran CB over a S…if you can swing both, beautiful! :)…but im guessing funds are getting low already and there is a draft to go…and with a solid draft i can see us making some noise this season…Hawks are sliding but SF and LA will both be imporved teams this year…not gonna lie the Rams scare me a lil bit (which will become a lot if they get Suh) but we know our D will be solid to keep us in games…just gotta hope the O can get on the same page starting week 1, which will be a challenge with so many new players…but they are professionals and i have faith, GO CARDINALS!!!

  37. By KBofCG on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    and to those of you who are saying some of the players signed wont finish out the season (or even play more than 5 games before becoming injured) and that the season is already lost…that is an excellent attitude to have toward YOUR team and its players…someone said this position was human nature, but its not…its conditioned behavior…your perception has been skewed due to the past, so you THINK the future will be the same…some of you talk with such conviction that i swear you WANT them to get injured just so you can be right…its silly for you to only allow your mind to travel a darkened path and surmise that it is fated…give that other path a try maybe?..the one where even if you dont like the moves your teams GM makes you maintain a positive outlook on YOUR team and see the possibilities of good things happening…its strange, i know but…give it a shot, i believe in you :)…take care, Peace and 1 Love to ALL

  38. By KBofCG on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    its the Charlie Brown syndrome…but i promise you, it wont ALWAYS be a rock 😉 ha ha

  39. By Chris G. on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    Based on Sam’s per game incentives, I would think he’s keeping a close eye on Ndamukong Suh. Suh going to The Rams could cost him some serious money. I personally think Suh would be a perfect fit with The Raiders. I’m guessing that every QB in the NFC west (except Goff) is with me on that.

  40. By Scott H on Mar 20, 2018 | Reply

    quoting from above….

    RE: If Bradford, Humphries can remain healthy….

    Yeah, maybe good things COULD happen IF they could stay healthy. And I would be very happy if it turned out that way.

    But to say that is a big “if”……consider how many games Bradford AND Humphries ( COMBINED, folks ) actually played in 2017, then step back and realize what a big “if” that really is.

    If’s can make anything seem possible. But at some point, reality has to be a factor, too, doesn’t it??

    Don’t tell me about conditioned behavior. ( I’m a psychologist, I know plenty about it, already! ) Hey, I’ve got the reality of the recent health histories of Bradford and Humphries backing me up here. I’m not creating it or making it up, it’s right there for anyone to see.

    Call me negative and fatalistic all you want. But then give me the reality that supports your view that I’m being ridiculous.

  41. By jeffcardinalfan on Mar 21, 2018 | Reply

    of course I don’t want ANY player to get hurt…but injuries have killed the cards in recent years…cards had 2 legitimate shots at the superbowl.

    chaos theory indicates that when things go bad they tend to continue that way.

    lets play the what if game…what if:
    namath sign with cards-hart probably never plays
    lomax doesn’t get injured
    o’Donohue makes the kick against skins
    rosenbach doesn’t quit to become a rodeo star
    poole drops the td pass-cards draft eli
    rackers makes kick against bears
    Harrison falls down
    holmes right foot coes down out of bounds
    carson doesn’t hurt his finger

  42. By Cardsfootballfanxx on Mar 21, 2018 | Reply

    What number is Sam Bradford going to wear in that number 8 belongs to Larry Wilson and had been retired? I am assuming that Larry would need to be contacted prior to his number being issued if even for a short period of time. Is there a presidence for numbers being issued?

  43. By Darren Urban on Mar 22, 2018 | Reply

    Cardsfootball —

    RE: Bradford

    His number hasn’t been picked yet, but it will not be 8.

  44. By stephen tuttle on Mar 27, 2018 | Reply

    I have been a Cardinal fan for over 50 years and this off season has been the worst ever. Lost to many good players to other teams and signed a QB that can’t stay upright on his own with a line that can’t protect him, the future looks dim for AZ. Were I Fitz I might re-consider trade or retirement. We will definitely be cellar dwellers of our division. A sad day for Cards fans.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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