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Sam Bradford Made More Than $1.5 Million Per Game – Inside His Impressive NFL Earnings

Sam Bradford never lived up to his potential in the NFL, but financially, he had quite a successful NFL career. A look at how he earned more than $130 million follows.



Bradford concluded his 83-game career with 19,449 throwing yards, 103 touchdowns, and 61 interceptions. From 2010 through 2018, Bradford made just over $130 million, or more over $1.566 million per game. Even more so, he earned $1.25 million for each touchdown pass and $70,000 for each pass that was successfully completed.

So how did Bradford succeed in making so much money despite his inconsistent behavior?

Bradford had great timing to begin with. His first contract was for six years and $78 million, including guarantees of $50 million. The contract was the highest rookie contract ever, with a maximum value of $86 million.

Sam Bradford (R) with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the 2010 NFL Draft (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Despite his enormous contract, Bradford never had a productive season for the Rams. Though he won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2010, his best season in St. Louis came in 2012. 3,702 yards and a career-high 21 touchdowns were thrown for by him. It was also the final time he took the field in all 16 contests.

Bradford only took part in seven games throughout the course of the following two seasons. In the middle of the 2013 campaign, he suffered an ACL tear in his left knee. Then, during a 2014 preseason game, he suffered a second knee injury, forcing him to miss the entire season.

Bradford received a two-year, $36 million agreement from the Eagles the following season. However, the team suddenly had no use for Bradford after trading up in the draft to select Carson Wentz. After Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater tore his ACL, Philadelphia traded him to the Vikings.


Bradford’s ailments did not discourage the Arizona Cardinals from offering him a two-year deal worth $20 million, which included $15 million in first-season guarantees. This transaction turned out to be among the worst in the past ten years. Before being replaced by Josh Rosen, Bradford only appeared in three games. In those three games, he accumulated 400 yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions, and three fumbles.

Bradford was eventually cut loose by the Cardinals, but not before he earned a fortune from them. He earned $5 million every game played, $7.5 million, and a staggering $300,000 per completion throughout his time at Arizona. That year, which ended up being Bradford’s last in football, served as a good summary of his career. He never lived up to the expectations that come with being a No. 1 pick, though he made the money you’d expect a top selection to earn.