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Mixed signals emerge about whether Rams are negotiating with possible No. 1 picks

Just when it looked like the Rams wouldn’t talk contract with any of the potential No. 1 overall picks in round one of the 2010 draft, we’re picking up mixed signals about whether it’s in fact happening.

One source claims that the Rams has been, or will be, negotiating with up to six candidates:  quarterback Sam Bradford, tackle Russell Okung, defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy, safety Eric Berry, and quarterback Jimmy Clausen.  Another source has said that, as to at least one of those players, there have been no recent talks.  Bradford has been making the rounds on radio, claiming that the Rams never have broached the possibility of a pre-draft deal.

The conflicting information creates a sense of enhanced uncertainty as to the Rams’ true intentions, which could help the Rams do what many think they’d prefer to do — trade down.

And while there has been much speculation of a potential Mike Ditka-style deal, we’re hearing increased talk that the Rams would be inclined to slide out of the top spot for far less than all of another team’s draft.  The thinking is that the Rams would like to trade down and draft a player who’d be able to perform right away as a rookie.  The thinking on Bradford is that he’ll need some time to adjust to the pro game, and that he could end up on the bench for all or most of the 2010 season.

So, in the final year of the free money, it could be that someone finally trades out of the top five for consideration far less than what the badly-outdated (specifically at the top) trade chart would dictate.

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16 Responses to “Mixed signals emerge about whether Rams are negotiating with possible No. 1 picks”
  1. tingbatz says: Apr 19, 2010 4:15 PM

    Bradford on the bench in STL?
    I dont think soooooooooooooooooo

  2. edgy1957 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:20 PM

    Of course, if the agents haven’t told their players that they had talks, it wouldn’t be a lie for them to say that they haven’t talked to the team.

  3. Dave J. says: Apr 19, 2010 4:25 PM

    After the QBs they’ve passed over the past few years, there is no way they’re going to do anything other than drafting Bradford. Releasing Bulger tipped their hand. They’re trying to scramble right now in order to bring Bradford’s price down, but I don’t think anyone actually believes they’re going in a different direction.

  4. FireJerryJones says: Apr 19, 2010 4:30 PM

    I’m sure they want to know how many games Big Ben’s going to be suspended before they trade for him

  5. cailte says: Apr 19, 2010 4:33 PM

    Whose thinking is it that Bradford could end up on the bench for all or most of the 2010 season? Whoever is right on and I’m dumbfounded nobody has said it before. That’s the first intelligent analysis I’ve heard about the whole draft.

  6. GoCaps8 says: Apr 19, 2010 4:36 PM

    Campbell, Haynesworth and #4 for #1 and #33.

  7. wherezwaldo says: Apr 19, 2010 4:36 PM

    Clausen>Bradford
    Suh>McCoy

  8. Beduin says: Apr 19, 2010 4:41 PM

    Sounds like you’re trying to sell the pick for the Rams there, Florio.
    I don’t think anyone wants the priviledge of paying Sam Bradford more money than every other player in football – especially not when a new CBA would/should probably end the free-money bonanza for draft picks. Last guy to splurge is the one who goes down in the history books, especially if Bradford joins the “Colleagues of Tim Couch and JaMarcus Russell”-facebook group.

  9. Tre-nitty says: Apr 19, 2010 4:43 PM

    It’s a smokescreen. They’ll draft Bradford and trade him to Cleveland for the #7 pick and and a 2nd this year and a 1st next year but if Clausen is taken before #7 then they’ll just stick with Bradford.

  10. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Apr 19, 2010 4:47 PM

    “One source claims that the Rams has been, or will be, negotiating with up to six candidates…Another source has said that, as to at least one of those players, there have been no recent talks.”
    Might not be inconsistent. What if they just figure there’s no way Bradford signs early for a reasonable price, and they want to see if any of the other 5 guys will bite? Would make a bit of sense, really.
    Or it’s possible that, with less than a week to the draft, everybody’s talking out of the back door.

  11. 20_Lb_Sack says: Apr 19, 2010 4:50 PM

    The Rams aren’t stupid enough to go into the regular season with AJ Feeley and Keith Null as their 1st and 2nd string qb’s…Bradford is the pick followed by best wr left for 1st pick of second round (unless someone blows them out of the water with a trade offer)

  12. BroncoBourque says: Apr 19, 2010 4:57 PM

    If they can make the rumored trade with the Browns and even get just the Browns second round pick I think it would be a great move for the Rams. Bradford might be a very good or even a great QB down the road but I Clausen is more pro-ready. Clausen played in a pro-style offense, though he had an injury too he was able to play through it and it was to his toe, not his shoulder. All of those things combined lead me to believe that Bradford has a higher chance of being a bust because there is more unknown with him then there is with Clausen.
    At #7 the Rams could still likely get Clausen and they would have an extra high second round pick to help add to their team.

  13. SeeUInTheSuperbowl says: Apr 19, 2010 5:09 PM

    That trade chart is horrible, I don’t understand why teams follow it.

  14. HJC says: Apr 19, 2010 5:37 PM

    Rams pick up Bradford guaranteed!
    It will give those coaches a couple years of grace ( to develop a young QB) and thus a few extra years of job security

  15. HellsGrimTyrant says: Apr 19, 2010 5:51 PM

    I think the Rams want out of the top spot because they’re undergoing a slow drawn out change of ownership and they don’t have the money to blow on Bradford at 1 overall.
    That and they’re clearly in no position to start Bradford at the beginning of the season. Feel sorry for Clausen, he’s about to get thrown to the wolves.

  16. BasicInstinct says: Apr 19, 2010 10:41 PM

    Sam Bradford is no Peyton Manning
    The Rams should give Pittsburgh their first pick for Rothlisberger.
    Just think how much improved that one move would make the Rams.
    Name all the teams that would gladly trade their quarterback for this year’s first pick?
    Is Sam Bradford a lock at first pick?

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