EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings on Saturday announced that they have **acquired** Sam Bradford via a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The deal that sent draft picks not disclosed by the Vikings to the Eagles was made on the same day that all NFL teams must reduce their rosters from 75 to 53 players and just days after the Vikings lost Teddy Bridgewater to a knee injury during their final practice of the preseason.
Bradford started 14 games for Philadelphia in 2015 and went 7-7 after the Eagles acquired him in a trade with the Rams. He set franchise records in completions (346) and completion percentage (65 percent) with Vikings tight ends coach Pat Shurmur as Philadelphia's offensive coordinator/interim head coach.
Bradford totaled 3,725 passing yards, 19 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a passer rating of 86.4 in his lone season with the Eagles, coming back from a knee injury that sidelined him for all of 2014. Vikings quarterback Shaun Hill, who has been **preparing to step in** for Bridgewater, started eight games for the Rams that season.
The 3,725 passing yards in a season rank fourth in Eagles history behind Donovan McNabb (3,916 in 2008 and 3,875 in 2004) and Randall Cunningham (3,808 in 1988), years before they also became Vikings quarterbacks.
One of eight players to win a Heisman Trophy and be selected with the top overall pick of an NFL Draft, Bradford has 14,790 passing yards, 78 touchdowns, 52 interceptions and a passer rating of 81.0 in 63 starts. He set the NFL rookie completions record with 354 for St. Louis in 2010 when he was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Bradford set another NFL rookie record that season by completing a streak of 174 passes without an interception.
He closed last season with a blaze, completing 30 of 38 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns against the Giants in New York on Jan. 3, setting a franchise mark for completion percentage (78.9) by an Eagles QB with 30 or more attempts.
The week before, Bradford tied a franchise record with 37 completions and a career-best 380 yards against the Redskins. He has 14 career games with a passer rating of 100 or higher.
The Vikings are scheduled to open the regular season at the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 11.
View images of the Vikings new QB Sam Bradford after he was acquired pending a physical from the Eagles on Saturday.