As is the norm of every NFL offseason, teams are struggling to sign their most prized draft picks. It is NFL tradition and something that we as fans have all become accustomed too. Well this year falls right in line as the number 1 pick of the entire draft is still not signed by the Rams. Negotiations began today. There are talks that Bradford may receive one of the largest contracts ever in NFL history. This contract would include 45 to 50 million in guaranteed money.
I just have one question to ask. Are the Rams insane?!! Or has the League forced the Rams to this point?You are telling me that Sam Bradford, a guy who hardly played his senior year at Oklahoma and was a debatable number 1 pick in this draft is worth that kind of money? The guy has not even taken an NFL snap yet. And you are thinking about guaranteeing him 45 to 50 million? That is quite a hefty investment. What if the kid doesn’t pan out? As I talked about in my previous post entitled “I’m Coming for that Number 1 Spot” on April 28th, these number 1 overall picks have been flaming out the past few years. They have struggled to live up to the hype and are a risk. Is a team really willing to take a risk and give an unproven entity that type of money? And realize if Bradford signs for this much, next year’s number 1 pick will sign for at least this much. Matthew Stafford, last year’s number 1 overall, received 41 million in guaranteed money. I mean these are ridiculous sums of money.
And you want to know the worst part? The Rams are going to be stuck giving Bradford this type of money. They need him more than he needs them in some respects. Yes, he wants to play. But they have a very bare cupboard when it comes to the quarterback position. Believe me they do not want to have another year like last. They need Bradford to come play and perform. In addition, the NFL has let rookie contracts increase and get to this point of insanity every year. And they will continue to go up until somebody puts their foot down.
So the question I propose is can the Ram’s afford Bradford? Will this deal get set before training camp opens?
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.