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.