Sam Bradford is the most proven veteran in the Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback room, but he is already ceding the starting job to Josh Rosen?
The Arizona Cardinals have a completely reshaped quarterback depth chart this year. Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon were added in free agency, and most notably Josh Rosen was brought aboard via the 10th overall pick in April’s draft after a trade up.
Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks has praised Rosen, while also remaining very tentatively committed to Bradford as the starting quarterback. The hypothetical competition seems to be tilting, and Bradford appears to already be accepting his fate as Rosen’s backup.
Here are Bradford’s comments, via the Cardinals’ website.
You just have to understand the situation and understand your role, “We’re all one in that quarterback room. We are all in there to help each other, but at the same time, we’re all in there to compete. But I don’t think those things should ever get in the way. I think you can do both of those things.
A drama-free competition for the starting job is nice, but the last time Bradford was in line to be replaced by a highly touted rookie he didn’t take it very well. After the Eagles moved up to draft Carson Wentz in 2016, Bradford pouted by skipping early offseason work and reportedly demanded a trade as the Eagles held their ground. Then they had all the trade leverage, and got a first-round pick for Bradford when the Vikings lost Teddy Bridgewater late in training camp.
Glennon and undrafted rookie Chad Kanoff have been the other two quarterbacks on Arizona’s roster during OTAs. Glennon is a non-factor for the starting job, but he would be an overqualified No. 3 quarterback as things sit right now in early June.
If Rosen clearly wins the starting job, the void between he and a No. 3/practice squad-type like Kanoff would only really need to be filled by one of Bradford or Glennon. There’s a substantial difference financially there, but Bradford is essentially on a one-year deal. If a team loses its starting quarterback in similar fashion to how the Vikings lost Bridgewater two years ago, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim will be fielding trade interest in one or both of his veteran signal callers.