Although the Minnesota Vikings seemed confident enough in 15-year pro Shaun Hill to make him their initial replacement for the injured Teddy Bridgewater, the team had also made it clear that they would be on the lookout for other veterans who could step in for their brilliant young signal-caller as he misses the entire 2016 season. And while there were some interesting names thrown around, few were expecting the Vikings to make a big trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, as they have reportedly made a move for quarterback Sam Bradford, the top pick in the 2010 NFL draft who has had a solid, yet ultimately disappointing and injury-prone career so far.

Vikings reportedly surrendered 2017 first-rounder and 2018 fourth-rounder for Bradford

A new report from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport suggests that the Vikings traded for Bradford by giving the Eagles the rights to two future draft picks; their first-round pick 2017 and their fourth-round pick in 2018. Assuming the Vikings continue their strong performance in 2016, these would likely be in the second half of those rounds, as the team took the NFC North division in 2016 with an 11-5 record.

Is trading for Bradford the right move for the Vikings?

The trade now makes Bradford the most likely replacement for Bridgewater, who had torn his ACL during a non-contact drill at practice. This injury was said to be potentially career-threatening, had the Vikings’ trainers not stepped in quickly, and it remains to be seen whether Bridgewater, a first-round pick in the 2014 draft and 2015 Pro Bowler, would be able to make a successful and quick recovery when he returns to the field in 2017.

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But is Sam Bradford the answer for Minnesota, even on a temporary basis?

On the plus side, Bradford hasn’t been a bad quarterback as of late. In 2015, he threw for 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, and completed 65 percent of his passes, racking up a QB rating of 86.4. He’s certainly several steps ahead of Shaun Hill in terms of talent, and at 28, he’s far from being considered old. He also will be leading a run-heavy offense featuring his old college teammate Adrian Peterson at running back, as opposed to one that relies on his solid, yet unspectacular passing game.

But that’s where the negatives come in – in his NFL career thus far, Bradford hasn’t distinguished himself as an elite quarterback, and while a lot of that may have to do with his injury history, he hadn’t exactly set the world on fire while healthy. As such, Bradford will serve as a temporary fill-in for at least a season for the more dynamic Bridgewater, and if it’s any consolation, he is, once again, a big upgrade over Hill.

Meanwhile, Bradford’s old team, the Philadelphia Eagles, is expected to go with undrafted career backup Chase Daniel as their new starting quarterback for the 2016 season. Carson Wentz, whose selection as 2016’s second-overall draft pick had reportedly upset Bradford, may likely take over early in the season, depending on how quickly he recovers from a rib injury he suffered last month.

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