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