The Minnesota Vikings signing of Sam Bradford was needed in order to stabilize the quarterback position after Teddy Bridgewater went down with a season ending knee injury.
However, the may save the team’s season, it also puts them in a very tough position financially this offseason as Ben Goessling of ESPN writes:
‘The timing of Bridgewater’s injury means the Vikings almost have to go into 2017 assuming Bradford will be on their roster, and it strains credulity to assume Bridgewater will be healthy enough, soon enough, to keep the Vikings from having to pay Bradford’s $4 million roster bonus the same week they’ll need to make a decision on Peterson’s $6 million roster bonus.
If the terms of (Adrian)Peterson’s restructured contract pointed toward the Vikings having to reopen the running back’s deal before the 2017 season, the presence of (Sam) Bradford’s contract on the roster makes it even more likely the Vikings will have to rework at least one high-dollar deal before the start of next season. No other team is scheduled to have more than $28.41 million committed to its quarterback and running back in 2017, and the Vikings currently have a total of $142.26 million in cap commitments for 2017 (counting Bradford’s deal). Even if the cap jumps again next year, the biggest financial effect of the Bradford trade might be the end of the days where the Vikings can have the league’s highest-paid running back with few financial consequences.’