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If Rams are right, the money makes sense

Posted on: July 31, 2010 12:08 am
Edited on: July 31, 2010 12:10 am

I hate the fact that rookies make way too much money in the NFL.

But this Sam Bradford contract with the St. Louis Rams, which included $50 million in guaranteed money, will be a bargain in three years.

That's the way it works. If you draft a player first overall, especially a quarterback, the money should end up being a bargain if you drafted the right guy.

So don't blame the kid if he busts out and this turns out to be way too much money.

Blame the team.

Is this worse than the Jacksonville Jaguars giving David Garrard $60 million after one good season? Or the Browns giving Derek Anderson a big contract after one season?

This isn't a rush job. This is paying a player you think will be the franchise quarterback.

In three years, if Bradford is who the Rams think he will be this will be a bargain.

Did Matt Ryan get too much money a couple of years ago when he was the second overall pick by the Falcons?

Right now, he's a bargain.

Pick the right guy, and the money won't matter. Pick the wrong guy, and it could ruin the franchise for a long time, the player laughing all the way to the bank.

Right, JaMarcus Russell?

Is Bradford worth more than Drew Brees right now? No, but in three years he might be.

Then again, what was Brees worth three years ago? Certainly not what he is now.

So don't hate the player. And don't get caught up in the money.

If the team did the right thing, the $50 million in guaranteed money the Rams gave to Bradford will seem like a deal.

Category: NFL
Tags: Sam Bradford

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2010 7:10 pm

If Rams are right, the money makes sense are right in your theory, but wrong according to the performance history of Big 12 QBs recently.

Big 12 quarterbacks who have passed for at least 1,000 career yards in the NFL
Vince Young, Texas 6,843
Sage Rosenfels, Iowa St.4,156
Seneca Wallace, Iowa St.3,547
Chris Simms, Texas 3,117
Koy Detmer, Colorado 1,944
Josh Freeman, Kansas St.1,855

VY is the most prolific and he hasn't been worth near the quid the Rams have dolled out. Time will tell and I wish them the best, but I think they over paid. Do they trust their O-line to protect this investment; remeber David Carr?

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Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2010 4:52 pm

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

So Sam Bradford gets 50 mil and John Wall gets a fraction of that?  It seems like the NFL should start paying their rookies like the NBA does.  When did it stop being a prove something league?  This makes me understand why vets hold out, their tired of proving themselves only to draft some kid in the first round who had one good year of college and signs a contract that's loaded with incentives and guarentees and meanwhile, managment screws with them all offseason with talks of a new contract.

Josh Cribbs.  It took him almost three years to get a contract he earned two years prior.  Meanwhile, look how many draft picks still play for the Browns from the past 5 years, almost none.  All that wasted money and they couldn't give this kid (maybe the best player on the roster) a new contract that he earned? 

And people wonder why the Colts win 12 games a year.  They don't make these kind of mistakes and they alway pick at the end of the first round.  Meanwhile, the same teams are always picking in the top ten.  Darrius Over-Payed makes more than Tom Brady, and there's nothing wrong with that?

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2010 4:27 pm

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

But that's a very big "IF".  Alex Smith, David Carr, Tim Couch, Russell, Akili Smith, Cade McNown, Ryan Leaf, were all first round busts and even Matt Ryan only had one good season in the two he's played, so it remains to be seen.  The fact is not one rookie is worth more money than a veteran who's won a Super Bowl, and to try and justify it is stupid. 

Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2010 10:08 am

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

That's a BIG IF, to spend all that money on one player is insane. The RAMS needs alot of help on offense/defense....

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2010 7:18 am

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

This is where I agree.  The money is dependent on owners being able to pay, which means tv contracts being able to pay, which means advertisers being able to pay.  I come from the perspective of a father who was a union construction worker, who put my siblings and me through school on union-won money.  When my father became the business manager for his union local, he found out that he had to assume somewhat of a position of responsibility in shall we say, the capitalist system.  While being a hard and agressive negotiator, he also had to realize that management could pay up to only a certain scale and feel reasonably assured of keeping risk at bay long enough to make sure that said payscale could be met for the duration of the contract.  Local membership sometimes felt that my father was not demanding larger wages, but he would turn to them and say "Look, do you want the company to be here to pay you tomorrow or not?"  Unfortunately, there is little such foresight in sports contracts negotiations.  It will only come with thinner pockets on the part of management.  People need to get a clue that in tough economic times, the base of our capitalist system, the consumer, pulls inward and this can be seen in shrinking sales, meaning shrinking advertising, meaning shrinking tv contracts.  Oh well, live and learn. 

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2010 6:51 am

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

Pete you never cease to amaze me. An unproven qb getting $50 Mil makes sense to you? ROTFLMAO smoke another one...

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:40 pm

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

50 extra large is alot to guarantee, but you are right that in 3 years it's chump change. (whatever that means)   I just hate to see a QB drafted before the other parts are not kinda in place.  Aikmen, Manning and a few others made it, but a whole lot more didn't.  Good luck Sam!

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 6:25 pm

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

and if they are wrong... they are SCREWED!!! thats a lot of money for a quaterback who has been hurt in COLLEGE!!

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2010 6:07 pm

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

Prisco - you are an idiot. Do some research, or remember correctly.Matt Ryan was drafted 3rd overall after Jake Long and Chris Long.

Since: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:20 pm

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

I do agree with Pete, in that If Bradford does work out for the Rams, his contract will be worth it . If not, well, thats how it goes! That's capitalism! I look at it this way; a rookie player is trying to set themselves up for their future; deciding at an early age to become a football player, after all their hard work etc. only to not be guaranteed any longevity for what they do. That's why I don't think salary caps for rookies should come into play; a team does not have to give them this big contract, but most decide it is worth this" educated "chance. Which, to continue the point; what or who really determines who should be the #1 pick in the draft? The so called experts or is it the collective need of the league for that year? Boy, did the experts miss it with Tom Brady and in my opinion Michael Vick, give me a pocket passer any day! And this year first rounders were mostly defensive players. So, those players that drop down in the rounds do not command those huge contracts and sometimes deserve more than the first rounders. These players do have to work harder and have the longevity to hang around a year or two to get a good contract and that's where the team owners have the upper hand with salary caps. It all seems to even out in the end.

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