Pat Shurmur coached Sam Bradford on each of the quarterback’s first three teams, and the coach’s current squad has an uncertain future at football’s marquee position.
But don’t expect the Giants to bring in Bradford. They are not interested in adding the oft-injured passer, ESPN.com’s Diana Russini tweets.
The Cardinals cut Bradford earlier on Saturday, and instead of receiving his outright release as he would have if this move occurred during the season’s first half, Bradford will be on the waiver wire. He has $2.355MM in base salary remaining in 2018.
He’s attached to a contract that runs through 2019 but only via option. If Bradford is on a team’s roster on the third day of the 2019 league year with this contract, he receives a $10MM roster bonus and his $7.5MM base salary becomes fully guaranteed. It’s hard to envision that happening.
Bradford, who will turn 31 next week, could be bound for free agency given his extensive injury troubles. The Giants are not remotely solidified at quarterback beyond this season.
Under Shurmur in 2016, Bradford set the since-broken completion percentage record (71.6) and threw 20 touchdown passes and five interceptions. Bradford’s finished with his highest full-season passer rating (99.3) of his career but has dealt with significant injury trouble since. He’s dealt with a pectoral malady since being benched this season.
Eli Manning‘s contract runs through 2019, but with the team now showing signs it’s ready to rebuild, the soon-to-be 38-year-old passer wouldn’t fit. He’s completing passes at a career-high 68.3 percent clip, but the Giants are 1-7 and have many holes that are less easily filled with a franchise-QB salary on their payroll. Manning’s owed $23.2MM in 2019; it would cost the Giants $6.2MM in dead money to release their 15-year quarterback next year. Manning also has a no-trade clause, further complicating potential proceedings.
Giants backup Kyle Lauletta was also arrested this week and is facing several charges. It’s fairly obvious the Giants will have to make a big quarterback move next year. It’s just unclear what path they’ll take. As of now, it doesn’t look like Bradford will be involved.
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