Unsettled with the prospects of starting the 2016 season without a legitimate starting quarterback, the Minnesota Vikings made a massive move on Saturday morning by trading to acquire Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford.
The Vikings lost their own starting quarterback, 23-year-old Teddy Bridgewater, earlier in the week to a devastating dislocated knee and torn ACL, and after failing to find a suitable option on the open market they negotiated a deal that will send their first-round pick in 2017 and a fourth-round pick in 2018 back to Philly.
Eagles get Vikings’ first and fourth round picks in 2017 draft, source says.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) September 3, 2016
The Vikings won the NFC North in 2015 and they were entering the 2016 season with extremely high expectations. Bridgewater’s development was likely to be a central them in their ability to contend for a championship, so when he went down the Vikings’ front office felt it necessary to take action.
Meanwhile, the Eagles are carrying three solid options at quarterback. Last year’s No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz sat at No. 3 on the depth chart (prior to the trade) behind Bradford, the incumbent starter, and offseason addition Chase Daniel, who is very familiar with new head coach Doug Pederson’s scheme from his time in Kansas City as a coordinator.
Considering the Eagles’ relative wealth at quarterback and the Vikings’ need, the two sides came together as teams scramble to put together their 53-man roster before Saturday’s 4 PM EDT deadline.
Now, the Eagles, who were recently announced as the hosts of the 2017 NFL Draft will have a first-round selection, having previously traded their first pick in 2017 to the Browns for the right to draft Wentz.