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Desperate for a QB, Vikings acquire Bradford

PHILADELPHIA — Sam Bradford got the trade he wanted months ago — just eight days before the season opener.

The Eagles sent Bradford to the Vikings on Saturday for two draft picks. Bradford replaces Teddy Bridgewater, who went down for the season after suffering a gruesome knee injury last week.

The Eagles receive a first-round pick in 2017 and a fourth-round pick in 2018.

Bradford's departure leaves the Eagles' starting job in question. Carson Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, will be the starter if he's healthy, according to multiple reports. Wentz missed the last three preseason games after breaking his ribs. If he's not, veteran Chase Daniel will start. McLeod Bethel-Thompson is currently the third quarterback on the roster.

The Vikings will be turning to Bradford over veteran Shaun Hill once Bradford learns yet another new system. Bradford will now play for his sixth offensive coordinator — Norv Turner — in seven seasons. The No. 1 overall pick in 2010, Bradford was acquired from St. Louis by Chip Kelly last year. He had a strong second half in Kelly's uptempo offense.

Bradford passed up a chance to test free agency and signed a two-year, $36 million with $22 million guaranteed in March. He regretted the decision after the Eagles traded several draft picks to select Wentz, and Bradford skipped some voluntary workouts in the offseason.

LT ARRESTED: Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor was freed from jail after his arrest on charges he sideswiped a police car while driving drunk on the turnpike, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Troopers took Taylor, 57, of Pembroke Pines into custody on a charge of DUI alcohol on Friday in Palm Beach Gardens. Although he sustained minor injuries, no one else was hurt, the FHP said.

About 5:20 p.m., Taylor was entering the turnpike from the Beeline Expressway and tried to merge into traffic in a 2010 Bentley when he struck the right side of a motor home, the Highway Patrol said. He then veered right and sideswiped an FHP vehicle that was stopped on the shoulder.

Taylor's breath tests showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .082 and .084 nearly five hours after the crash. Florida's legal limit is .08, the arrest report said.

When Taylor was asked at the jail if he had anything to drink, his reply was "apparently too much," the report said.

BROWNS-STEELERS TRADE: Cleveland traded cornerback Justin Gilbert, who never lived up to being the No. 8 overall pick in 2014, to Pittsburgh for a sixth-round pick in 2018. With Gilbert gone, the Browns don't have any of the players they selected in the first round from 2011-14. Phil Taylor, Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, Barkevious Mingo and Johnny Manziel preceded Gilbert out of town.

SANCHEZ TO COWBOYS: Quarterback Mark Sanchez agreed to a one-year deal with Dallas after being waived by the Broncos, saving Denver $3.5 million and a seventh-round draft pick. Also, Darren McFadden, the Cowboys' leading rusher last season, went on the nonfootball injury list to start the season and will be out for at least six games.

49ERS: Colin Kaepernick survived the final cuts as the club determined his ability as a quarterback offset any potential distraction over his refusal to stand during the national anthem. Coach Chip Kelly said Blaine Gabbert is the starter and Kaepernick the backup. Former FSU standout Christian Ponder, the No. 12 overall pick of the Vikings in 2011, won the third-team spot as former Florida and Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel, a sixth-round pick this year, was waived.

GIANTS: Andre Williams, the team's leading rusher in 2014, was waived.

JETS: The team cut ties with two high draft picks once considered future cornerstones, waiving cornerback Dee Milliner and tight end Jace Amaro.

PACKERS: Three-time Pro Bowl guard and former UCF standout Josh Sitton was released. Sitton, 30, had started 112 of 121 regular-season games.

RAVENS: Former Pro Bowl running back Justin Forsett was released.

TEXANS: Defensive end J.J. Watt was activated from the physically unable to perform list. The defensive player of the year missed the preseason due to back surgery.

Week 1 schedule


Carolina at Denver, 8:30

Sept. 11

Green Bay at Jacksonville, 1

Buffalo at Baltimore, 1

Chicago at Houston, 1

Cleveland at Philadelphia, 1

Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1

Minnesota at Tennessee, 1

Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets, 1

Oakland at New Orleans, 1

San Diego at Kansas City, 1

Miami at Seattle, 4:05

Detroit at Indianapolis, 4:25

N.Y. Giants at Dallas, 4:25

New England at Arizona, 8:30

Sept. 12

Pittsburgh at Washington, 7:10

Los Angeles at San Francisco, 10:20

Desperate for a QB, Vikings acquire Bradford 09/03/16 [Last modified: Saturday, September 3, 2016 8:48pm]
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