The Minnesota Vikings plan to pay quarterback Sam Bradford the $4 million roster bonus he’s due on the fifth day of the new league year in March and fully expect him to be on the team in 2017, people with knowledge of the team’s thinking told USA TODAY Sports.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the team doesn’t discuss contracts publicly.
The plan makes sense since the Vikings are still a long way from knowing when, or if, fellow quarterback Teddy Bridgewater could play in 2017 as Bridgewater rehabilitates from a devastating knee injury suffered in practice Aug. 30.
The Vikings were already thinking beyond this season when they paid a big price – a first-round draft pick in 2017 and a conditional pick in 2018 that’ll likely be a fourth-rounder – for Bradford in a cutdown-day trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s always possible Bradford, 29, could be traded again. (Nearly every player in the NFL has a price.) But Bradford has helped the Vikings stay in the playoff hunt at 7-6 by playing some of his best football under difficult circumstances, including a lack of offseason work to learn the Vikings’ scheme and his receivers, injuries that decimated the o-line, virtually no running game and offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s surprise resignation Nov. 2.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Tom Pelissero