Cardinals cut QB Sam Bradford halfway through season

The Cardinals have released quarterback Sam Bradford.

The struggling NFC West team signed the nine-year veteran in March to a one-year, $20 million deal with the hopes he would be a good bridge for the team before rookie quarterback Josh Rosen was ready to take over.

But, after a lackluster start which resulted in him heading to the bench, the team announced his departure Saturday. Rosen has started since Week 4.

The Cardinals drafted Rosen a few weeks after Bradford arrived.

“I think it was pretty obvious why (Wilks) made it,” Bradford said last month of his benching, via the team’s website. “Obviously, I wish I would’ve played better, that’s for sure.

“I wish I could’ve helped this team get off to a better start.”

Arizona started the season 0-3 with Bradford under center. The Cardinals’ first win came in Rosen’s second start in Week 5. Since then, Bradford has been an inactive third quarterback. He will get the balance of his $5 million guaranteed salary, along with the $10 million signing bonus he received and the per-game bonus money from the first three weeks, the Cardinals also announced. 

The roster change puts veteran Mike Glennon as the backup to Rosen, with rookie Charles Kanoff remaining on the practice squad. For now, Arizona has yet to fill Bradford’s spot on the 53-man roster.

The Cardinals will enjoy a bye week before heading to Kansas City to take on quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on Nov. 11.

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