The Minnesota Vikings were in dire straits after losing franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the season due to a serious knee injury. Apparently, the solution they’ve found is former Rams and Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford. The Vikings have finalized a trade in which they have given up a first round pick and a conditional fourth.
This says many things about where the Vikings believe they’re at heading into the 2016 season. They were viewed by many as potential Super Bowl contenders just days ago, and by trading for Bradford (and by what they gave up to get him) it looks like they still see themselves as that regardless of the drop off between Bridgewater and anyone else they were going to plug in under center.
Another potential reason for this trade is the possible fallout from the Bridgewater injury. The reports out of the practice in which Bridgewater injured his knee were quite gruesome. The dislocation of his knee and the rupture of his ACL were very serious, and it is possible that the Vikings may not be optimistic about Bridgewater’s chances to ever regain the promising form that he once flashed. That would be a very unfortunate turn for a good young player and person who was poised to breakout in 2016.
As this relates to the Ravens, they match up with the Eagles in Baltimore in week 15. This means they’ll likely be facing off against the Eagles now starting quarterback Chase Daniel or the second pick of the 2016 draft, Carson Wentz.