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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: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 5:59 am

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

"Don't get caught up in the money"

Funny thing about a recession, everyone gets caught up in the money.   These contracts are all going to be distant memories when the TV deals are cut in half.   Deflation is nasty and the NFL and its guaranteed money will soon discover that. 

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 5:05 am

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

the problem with the 50 million  in guaranteed money it s raises the bar  for next years number one pick s theonly time  in the last 10 years that the number one picks guaranteed money went down was jamarcus russell got 32  million and the follwing jake long got  30 so whne you make  a 9 million  jump it just goes too fast and raises the whole first round

Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2010 4:21 am

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

As soon as it becomes a bargain, the player gets disgruntled and wants a fat extension overriding his current deal.  The team takes the risk upfront, then the player doesn't appreciate it later.  You can't win; I would have traded the pick.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2010 3:41 am

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

i don't normally comment on the writer but PRISCO YOU ARE A MORON!!! Your argument that Bradford is worth the money sight unseen is just as stupid as "I'm from the IRS I'm here to help".  There is no way any rookie is worth being paid more than someone tried and proven and nothing you can say can change that.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:42 am

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

Well, I can't really blame Bradford for wanting more money, it's good business sense. 
He's on the Rams, which is not the team you want to be on if you're a rookie QB, he'll likely be hamburger meat behind that O-line and he won't be winning a Super Bowl any time soon. If they won't trade him he'll want big money if he's smart, it's understandable.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:30 am

What are you smoking?

The 50 million is the guarenteed part... the deal is for 78 million. That's 13 million a year. That puts him in the top 10 highest paid QB's in the league. The only way he's a bargain at 13 million a year is if he's a top 5 QB... are you honestly trying to say that the chances of this guy being a top 5 QB is better than him being a complete bust? History is not on your side of this argument.

Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:08 am

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

There still ought to be a limit.  Eric Berry (if I read correctly) is now the highest paid safety in NFL history.  Why is a kid who has yet to play a down being paid more money than the Ed Reed's and Troy P's of the world?  (And I say that really excited to see what Berry can do on the field).

Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2010 1:47 am

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

This is actually a pretty good point.  If the team does its homework then they should be ok because they will have picked the right player.  I do think that this contract is excessive though.  No football player should ever get a record contract before he has taken a snap.  These rookie deals have really gotten out of hand.  The reason that these players with these big contracts never seem to develop is because they don't have to.  They already got their payday.  Even if you are the competitive type you are going to look at the game different when you are already a millionaire.  Why kill yourself on the football field when you have already reached your payday?  These big paydays have proven to be curses for a lot of veterans too, but at least these player's earned that big salary.  The player's union will never allow them to put a cap on rookie salaries though, so it really is not worth worrying about. 

I hope that Sam Bradford does not turn into a Jemarcus Russell, but I doubt that he will.  He has been a great quarterback for a long time, in a good system.  Jemarcus Russell's talent was based on one bowl game.  Before that nobody had even considered him being the #1 quarterback in the draft class.  It wasn't just the Raiders though.  It was draft "experts" like Mel Kiper that made him the #1 pick. 

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