Sam Bradford (2016 – 2017)
No one could have predicted what the Vikings were going to experience during the 2016 season. Things seemed to be heading in the right direction after making the playoffs in 2015 and Teddy Bridgewater appeared to be taking the next steps in his development as an NFL quarterback.
Then the unthinkable happened and Bridgewater was lost for the season before even taking a snap thanks to a gruesome knee injury. Minnesota had to quickly scramble and find a quarterback who could step in and potentially lead the team back to the playoffs for the second-straight year.
The Vikings ended up deciding to send a first-round draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Sam Bradford, someone who had never led a team to the postseason since he entered the NFL in 2010.
Bradford’s tenure with Minnesota got off to a great start after the team went on to get a victory in each of his first four starts. But that was about as good as it would get for the quarterback in a Vikings uniform.
Minnesota ended up losing eight of their next 11 games with Bradford under center and his dream of leading a team to the playoffs was crushed once again.
Throughout his time in the league, Bradford’s talent is something that many raved about. However, his talent didn’t really matter when he couldn’t ever figure out how to put a complete season together that resulted in a trip to the playoffs.
Yes, the Vikings were in a desperate position when they gave away a first-round draft pick to acquire Bradford. But Minnesota should have probably tried to use that pick to land a quarterback who has actually played in at least one playoff game during their career.