As Rams prepare to host Bradford in St. Louis, reported Florida visit raises questions

large_sam_bradford_ap.jpgThe Rams will be bringing Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford to team headquarters on April 12, according to Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

As Balzer explains, the April 12 visit will entail at most a physical; however, players are not permitted to work out at a team’s facilities.

But here’s where it gets interesting.  Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently reported that Rams G.M. Billy Devaney and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmer met with Bradford in Florida.

Per a league source with extensive knowledge of the applicable rules, visits with incoming rookies may occur in only three locations:  the given team’s facility, the player’s hometown, or the city in which the player’s college is located.

For Bradford, none of those options is Florida.  Bradford went to school in Norman, Oklahoma, and he hails from Oklahoma City.

So why Florida?  Bradford has been working out at Athletes Performance Institute in Pensacola.

We’re in the process of confirming whether the meeting indeed occurred in Florida.  If it did, and if our source’s command of the rules is accurate, this one could get interesting.

Either way, a meeting will happen on April 12, only 10 days before the draft.  And there’s a chance that, by that time, the Rams will know enough about him to begin negotiating a possible contract.

17 responses to “As Rams prepare to host Bradford in St. Louis, reported Florida visit raises questions

  1. A good attorney would argue that the time spent at Athletes Performance Institute is an extension of his education process.
    But we all know that isn’t the case here.

  2. If the Rams stay at #1, they HAVE to take Bradford. They have pasted on a QB for the last couple of years. I envision Suh to be a mirror image of Richard Seymour… I am just not sure that’s worth the #1 pick.

  3. Do these rules exist just to have rules, or is there a measurable value to stupid rules like this? Just asking…

  4. no an attorney would know that story wouldnt hold any water. he would be more likely to argue that the training is to better him in his future career.
    if there was in fact a meeting in florida, the attorney would know that he cant argue the fact that the place was his school or hometown. my guess is he would instead attack the rule itself and as i said above bring into question why a prospective employer would not be able to visit a prospective employee at a place of higher training, which is helping him to get ready for the job.
    regardless of all that, i would be very interested to see what kind of punishment would be handed down or if there are any rules written on what the punishment for such a violation is. it would be hilarious if they league didnt allow them to select Bradford though that is extremely unlikely.

  5. We’re in the process of confirming whether the meeting indeed occurred in Florida. If it did, and if our source’s command of the rules is accurate, this one could get interesting.
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    Interesting in what way? Because whatever it is that you are finding interesting about this story is escaping me.

  6. …and they would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids and your dog.

  7. Why would it be tampering? They are going to pick him anyway at number one. Is someone going to swoop in and take him with their #0.5 pick?

  8. Seems to me the rule is intended to prevent teams from flying players to exotic locations as a bribe or something. I guess a team could bribe a player so they can decrease their value and drop to that team in the draft, or force a trade ala Eli Manning. Meeting at an existing training facility would be the same as the school they went to, but the draft prep has gotten much bigger in recent years with players training all over the country. The rule should be adjusted to include training facilities.

  9. Ohhhh C’mon Florio, seriously, this is interesting to maybe you and the two other dorks who are trying to figure out what the lawyers defense would be. Lets stick to the football and not the annoying politics of minute and pointless rules. My guess is we’ll never here another thing about this story, because the story itself is meaningless and stupid.

  10. C’mon people, we all know that this time of year, Florio just doesn’t have much to do, every year since Florio has had this coloumn, this time of year there is as many non-stories as stories.

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