Bradford says the Rams have never called to talk contract

In late March, Rams executive vice president/chief operating officer Kevin Demoff said that the team had begun “preliminary negotiations” with the agents for quarterback Sam Bradford.

Today, Bradford essentially told Dan Patrick that it never happened.

“No one’s ever called me or my agent and said, ‘Hey, let’s talk contract,'” Bradford said.  (Bradford also said, as MDS pointed out, that the Rams haven’t told him he’ll be the top pick.)

Though it’s possible that the information regarding the “preliminary negotiations” never made it through to Bradford from his agents, his contention meshes with something we’ve been hearing for weeks — that Bradford’s camp has no desire to negotiate a pre-draft contract.

Why?  Because he’d likely go no lower than fourth overall, and if he’s the first quarterback taken he likely would be able to get a better deal than the first overall pick, just as Matt Ryan did from the No. 3 position two years ago.

The fact that the Rams are talking to no one means, in our view, that Bradford is the guy, and that the Rams don’t want to be in a position where, after the fact, it’s leaked that a guy who becomes a star elsewhere would have signed with the Rams for far less money than what Bradford eventually gets.

10 responses to “Bradford says the Rams have never called to talk contract

  1. Makes perfect sense, even if they intend to pick him @ #1; always keep your options open to see if someone else wants to give up a load for the pick. If Bradford is gonna be good, no reason to rush or force it this year, especially on a terrible rebuilding team. Good football and business sense on Rams part.

  2. Hmmm…reminds me of when Peyton Manning was saying the same things, and had all the “experts” debating whether the Colts were drafting Manning or Ryan Leaf.
    Then in his first interview after being drafted #1, Peyton said something to the tune of, “We knew months ago that the Colts were drafting me. We just decided to keep it under wraps.”

  3. The Rams are the only team that CAN negotiate right now and they chose not to? That seems stupid. They have some leverage in avoiding a holdout or protracted contract battle. Put you real best offer on the table and make it known that in 24 hours you will put your real best offer for someone else on THEIR table. It is crazy to not take every advantage of your situation.

  4. No talks because he’ll be drafted # 1 then traded To the skins for #4 mcnabb and haynesworth

  5. Rams are still building with a lot of holes to fill … Clevelands 2nd rounder is an extended 1st with this year being as deep as it is …
    So I think the value of trading down outweighs the value of saving cash on the contract … and waiting to tip the hand is wise. Anyone interested in Suh or Bradford needs to know the Rams are the ones to talk to and not Detroit …

  6. Trade 1st for Rapistburger and a turkey sandwich. He’ll love the trailer trash girls in St. Louis. Probably be cheaper to buy em off too.

  7. Bradford may be the best QB in a very weak class. From a Browns perspective; he simply is not worth 2010 # 1st and 2nd round plus a 1st and 2nd in 2011. I could see the Browns moving the 2010 1ST and 2011 1st and players. Otherwise this deal has no chance of happening.
    Anyone who thinks Joe Thomas should be included in any deal for Bradford is sorely mistaken.

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