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

If Rams are right, the money makes sense

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
Posted on: March 29, 2010 6:02 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2010 6:04 pm

Rams have to take Bradford


Best pro-day workout ever.

That's what some NFL scouts were saying after Sam Bradford threw Monday. The University of Oklahoma quarterback proved that he's over his shoulder troubles and should be the No. 1 overall pick in next month's draft.

But the pro-day workout shouldn't be the reason the St. Louis Rams take him first overall.

What should be is that he's an accurate, big, strong passer who understands the passing game.

Watch his tape.

He's precision-sharp and reads the field.

If Tim Tebow could read the field half as well as Bradford does, he'd be a sure-fire first-round pick -- even in my book.

One personnel director told me Bradford is the most-accurate passer to come into the draft in the past 10 years. At the scouting combine in February, some were debating whether he should be the top pick.

I never did. There was no debate. Quarterbacks win Super Bowls. Not defensive tackles.

What Bradford did Monday was prove that his surgically repaired shoulder isn't an issue.

What he proved on the playing field is that he will be a great NFL passer. Yes, I said great.



Category: NFL
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