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Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

Posted on: September 5, 2009 9:20 pm
Hopefully Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford's shoulder isn't injured too badly. It doesn't look overly serious. That's the good news.

Bradford, however, remains yet another illustration of why college players with his kind of ability should take the cash and run.

Returning was a tremendous risk. There was a good chance had Bradford departed last year he might've gone first to the Detroit Lions. Might have. The player who did, Matthew Stafford, signed a $41 million deal.

That's what Bradford gave up and even if the shoulder injury isn't significant it still gives something to NFL teams to obsess. They love obsessing. When contract negotiations begin, those same teams will use the injury against Bradford to try and lower his contract demands, no matter how minor it might end up being.

If you don't believe that, you don't know the NFL. It happens all the time.

So even if Bradford comes back next week (and a sprained shoulder joint many times takes weeks to heal) his draft status for 2010 has already been slightly injured.

If he does miss a few weeks his draft stock takes an even bigger hit.

Take the cash and run. Run fast. And don't look back. That's what Bradford should've done.

And it's likely that's what he's thinking right now.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Sooners

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2009 10:26 pm

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro


His draft stock is 100% not hurt by missing a few games. If you really think having to sit out a couple games in the beginning of the season is reason to drop him down charts, you are confused. I don't know how you even came to that's a sprained shoulder, not a major tear, rotator cuff, etc.

Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2009 10:24 pm

Sam Bradford: this is why you go pro

I dont know if youve heard about this but there is a thing called love of the game, and Bradford possibly found it more important than the money he is bound to make in the future.

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