Tag:Sam Bradford
Posted on: July 31, 2010 11:47 pm

Milk and cookies for you

A late-night links round-up:

Though it’d make sense if the veterans absolutely hate the fact No. 1 pick Sam Bradford just got a $50 million guarantee without ever having played a down of NFL football, Tom Brady doesn’t seem upset about the deal. He tells a radio show, as captured by the Boston Herald that players of any sort (or experience) should be getting money.

Much has been made about Frank Gore’s party in Miami that ensnared a few collegiate players in the headlights of the NCAA and which might or might not have been paid for by an agent. Gore tells the Press Democrat that the controversy surprised him and he was the one who paid for the party.

Toby Gerhart missed the first day of training camp. Pat Williams, as mentioned in this 1500 ESPN story, didn’t appreciate it.

Unlike a certain NT in Washington, Cardinals OT Deuce Lutui, who says he weighs about 360 pounds, passed his conditioning test today. The Cardinals official site talked to him afterward.

Packers S Atari Bigby isn’t happy with his contract situation, as described by the Green Bay Press Gazette . Bigby, in all reality, should worry about retaining his starting spot over Morgan Burnett, because the ankle injury he suffered today won’t help.

Do you think former Ole Miss QB Jevan Snead wishes he stayed in school one more year? After the Buccaneers cut him today , I imagine the answer is probably, yes.

A few more first-round signings: Jason Pierre-Paul to the Giants for a ton of money . Joe Haden to the Browns for a ton of mone y. Demaryius Thomas to the Broncos for a ton of money . Kyle Wilson to the Jets for a ton of money .

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 30, 2010 10:44 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 9:32 am

Sam Bradford's contract will blow your mind

Sam Bradford has his contract. The final amount: $50 million guaranteed. Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that the deal is for six years, $78 million. Bradford is the first player in NFL history to reach the “$50 million guaranteed” mark. S. Bradford (US Presswire)

The Rams wanted to get Bradford signed by Friday night, when veterans report to training camp. This is a clear indication that they’d like the No. 1 overall pick to beat out A.J. Feeley for the starting quarterback job. Feeley has a better grasp on offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur’s system -- the two worked together in Philadelphia -- but Bradford has the better arm strength, accuracy and, of course, contract.

It will be interesting to see what Bradford’s deal means for Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

-- Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 30, 2010 9:18 am

Redskins sign 1st-rounder Trent Williams

Trent Williams, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, signed with the Redskins early Friday morning, according to a release from the team.

The deal reportedly is a six-year, $60 million max deal with $36.75 million in guaranteed money.

Williams is the highest drafted individual to sign with his team thus far, and the only top five pick to ink. That's a chunk of guaranteed cheddar, even for a blue-chip offensive line prospect, so it's reasonable to expect that you'll see Sam Bradford get up near (or above) that $50 million mark when he does sign with the Rams.

Of course, one important aspect of getting Williams signed early is that Washington expects him to start at left tackle and protect Donovan McNabb's blind side for the duration of the season; getting him into camp for the maximum amount of exposure to team activities was crucial for the Redskins.

Plus, now we all get to turn our attention back to Albert Haynesworth ... who just failed his second straight day of conditioning tests.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 1:11 pm

The Rams really need Steven Jackson to be ready

S. Jackson is expected to be cleared in time for training camp (Getty). Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Tuesday he expects RB Steven Jackson to be ready to begin training camp Thursday. But Jackson, who underwent surgery in April to repair a herniated disc in his back, still will have to be cleared by a team doctor before he can take the field for the first time since last year.

“He feels great," Spagnuolo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "Probably only because it's a back (injury), we'll tread lightly. But I think he'll do most everything."

The Rams probably will take it easy with Jackson in regards to preseason games – not that Jackson plays much in exhibition contests, anyway – but Spagnuolo expects Jackson to be ready to go for the start of the regular season.

Without Jackson, the Rams offense could struggle to produce. Assuming Sam Bradford wins the quarterback job, he’ll be a rookie starting in his first season in the NFL. That likely won’t be a pretty picture. Kenneth Darby and Chris Ogbonnaya, the backups to Jackson at RB, have very little experience, and the receiving corps is not exactly filled with big names.

"We want to get (Jackson) ready,” Spagnuolo said. “He wants to go, and he wants to be ready. And we'll have him ready for the opening game.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 16, 2010 3:57 pm

When will Sam Bradford sign?

With only a few weeks before training camps open, none of the first-round picks from the 2010 NFL Draft have signed. So, we look to No. 1 Sam Bradford and see the progress that’s been made between him and the Rams.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , a deal isn’t expected soon.

It’s expected that Bradford could receive a contract that could pay him as much as $50 million in guaranteed money. You’ll recall that last year’s No. 1 pick, Matthew Stafford, received nearly $42 million in guaranteed money.

--Josh Katzowitz
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Posted on: July 14, 2010 11:22 am

Sam Bradford's contract negotiations

Pro Football Talk is reporting that Sam Bradford’s representatives are scheduled to meet with Rams officials later this week. Last week, Bradford told Dan Patrick that contract negotiations had not yet commenced.

None of the 32 first-round draft picks have signed yet. The Rams claim they did not talk contract with Bradford prior to the draft (which is somewhat unusual). Speculation is Bradford could haul in $50 million guaranteed.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 26, 2010 10:21 am

Who Will Start at QB in St. Louis?

Obviously, Sam Bradford will be the starting quarterback in St. Louis. It’s just a matter of when. Right now, he’s behind A.J. Feeley.

Steve Spagnuolo addressed this in front of a group of Missouri business leaders. "It would be an injustice to Sam and the rest of the team to set a timetable,” Spagnuolo said, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "He's in the early stages of developing as an NFL quarterback. He came into the league far advanced from some quarterbacks I've worked with. We'll do first what's right for the team and second what's right for Sam."

Part of the reason Feeley was signed in St. Louis is because he not only has experience as a fill-in starter, but he’s well-versed in offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur’s scheme. Shurmur was the quarterbacks coach in Philly when Feeley was an Eagle.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 11:08 am

Bradford confident in himself, Rams offense

For a rookie who was the top pick in the NFL Draft and who will be counted on to be the Rams' franchise player eventually, QB Sam Bradford doesn’t seem to be feeling any nerves. In fact, he says he feels comfortable with how his career is progressing.

“I feel very comfortable with everything we have in right now,” Bradford told reporters Thursday. “I’ve said every time I’ve talked to you guys, the more I do it, the more comfortable I feel.  Obviously having 13 or 14 practices and the minicamp, I’ve got a lot of reps, I’ve got a lot of experience with the plays.  I feel good with everything we have, and I feel like the more I continue to do it, the more I study it, the more comfortable I’ll become.”

Bradford mostly has taken snaps with the second and third-string units, but lately, he’s worked a bit more with the first team. Without last year’s starter Marc Bulger on the team, Bradford will compete with journeyman A.J. Feeley for the starting spot. Bradford also talked about the team’s offensive potential, and he likes the team attitude.

He knows he has more work to do before training camp begins, though.

“It’s going to be a lot (of studying),” he said. “Obviously we did put a lot in, so I’ll go over everything. Then it will be nice because I think at the beginning of training camp we’ll reinstall everything. So really after the rookie minicamp and OTAs and then training camp will be the third time that I’ve seen it, so I should be very comfortable with everything. But I’m definitely going to spend some time when I go home in the playbook.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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