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Tom Condon may have dropped a strong hint on Sam Bradford

In a Thursday morning interview with ESPN’s Hannah Storm, agent Tom Condon talked about the possibility of the Rams picking quarterback Sam Bradford with the No. 1 selection in the 2010 draft.

And, intentionally or not, Condon may have dropped a strong hint.

Asked about speculation that Bradford does not want to play for the Rams, Condon said that Bradford has no feelings one way or the other.  But Condon prefaced his response by saying that “[w]e’ve been down that road once before” with Eli Manning and the Chargers in 2004.  (As you may recall, Eli didn’t want to play in San Diego, ultimately resulting in a trade that sent him to the Giants for Philip Rivers, who had been picked by the Giants at No. 4.)

The fact that Condon said “we’ve been down that road once before” could be interpreted as a slip as to whether he’s going “down that road again.”  As in “going down that road right now.”

Condon also said that there have been no negotiations with the Rams regarding a contract.  We’ve heard that Bradford’s camp has specifically determined not to engage in contract talks, since the leverage shifts decisively to the player once the pick is made. 

Before the player is selected, the team has the leverage, given that the player could make far less money if drafted later.  But even though Bradford would likely make far less at, say, No. 4 than he’d earn at No. 1, he’d likely make more than any other player picked before him — just as Matt Ryan did from the No. 3 position in 2008.  Also, if picked by the Redskins at No. 4 (or via trade to No. 1), he’d arguably be in a much better position to eventually succeed.

Bottom line?  Bradford’s camp may now be putting up smoke signals that the player doesn’t want to play in St. Louis — and Condon’s comment may not have been a slip.

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26 Responses to “Tom Condon may have dropped a strong hint on Sam Bradford”
  1. funi says: Apr 22, 2010 11:38 AM

    This is a ploy by the Rams to see if Redskins or Browns will offer more so Rams can get more picks or vetean players.

  2. TJ Rubley says: Apr 22, 2010 11:39 AM

    ” Bottom line? Bradford’s camp may now be putting up smoke signals that the player doesn’t want to play in St. Louis — and Condon’s comment may not have been a slip.”
    Smoke signals to whom ? I think he would have vocalized this already to the Rams . I seriously doubt that the Rams are going to hear about this comment and go ” Oh man , Bradford’s camp may be pulling and Eli with us “.

  3. Unbreakable02215 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:40 AM

    And your speculation is just that…….speculation.

  4. marktg30 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:40 AM

    No one wants to play in St. Louis…

  5. superbowl says: Apr 22, 2010 11:42 AM

    Both the Rams and Redskins offense suck, but have limited tools, both have aging RB’s (albeit the Redskins have a collection of old RB.
    How are the Redskins a better opportunity to succeed?
    Not getting reps behind McNabb?
    Or because he has hand in the pocket of Snyder? who can get money from the Redskins loyal fan base at a moments notice (um Redskin fans – thi is known as the ability to fleece you at a moments notice – for little or nothing in return)

  6. ShowMeYourTDs says: Apr 22, 2010 11:43 AM

    does that mean Clausen would be picked by Redskins at 4, then they swap with Rams ala 2004? Or do Rams pick someone else and hope for McCoy at top of 2nd?
    only 8 hours to go!

  7. bavaro89 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:44 AM

    Playbook: 1) QB speaks out 2) QB gets way 3) New team eventually wins Superbowl

  8. XLI says: Apr 22, 2010 11:44 AM

    No Rookie Pay Scale means the #1 Pick will be grossly overpaid no matter who it is.
    Haven’t taken a single snap in the NFL? Sure, no problem, here is $70 million dollars. Don’t worry, if things don’t work out it just means the franchise will suffer substantially for 5+ years because of it, no pressure.
    Roger, I know you’re buys determining who raped who or what fool made it raid where and who tweeted what, but maybe when you’re done with all that then a Rookie Pay Scale should be the next order of business.

  9. wydok says: Apr 22, 2010 11:44 AM

    I think you are reading too much into that statement.

  10. manginiwithcheese says: Apr 22, 2010 11:46 AM

    You know what the worst part of the Thursday night first round is? It is having to wait until 7:30 tonight to finally get this thing started.
    At least during prior years, we’d get a quick update in the morning before the noon start.
    Seriously, this is taking longer than the Super Bowl pre-game.

  11. Chapnasty2 says: Apr 22, 2010 11:46 AM

    “Also, if picked by the Redskins at No. 4 (or via trade to No. 1), he’d arguably be in a much better position to eventually succeed.”
    The Skins give him a better chance to succeed than St. Louis? Are you going to go with the Skins to win the Superbowl again this year?

  12. Tre-nitty says: Apr 22, 2010 11:46 AM

    If he doesn’t wanna play for the rams then draft and trade him and get clausen and some picks. Screw him!!!

  13. mustbechris says: Apr 22, 2010 11:48 AM

    THIS IS IDIOTIC
    you’ve got to be kidding me, if i called this a reach i’d be insulting reaches.

  14. Slobberknocker says: Apr 22, 2010 11:51 AM

    If Bradford goes to the Lambs, he’s going to get slaughtered.
    I like how one Ram’s Forum poster put it: “I don’t want to see the David Carr Story sequel.”
    If the Redskins get him, he’ll sit for 2-3 years and emerge like Aaron Rodgers did for the Packers.
    It makes all the difference in the world whether you end up a Joey Harrington or… not.

  15. FreeAgentPro says: Apr 22, 2010 11:52 AM

    Blah blah blah…why is this so very obvious ploy even printed. No top QB really wants to play for the worst team in the league with an inadequate OL protection, but the Rams are near Bradford’s family, so that also means something that isn’t mentioned.

  16. footballisking says: Apr 22, 2010 11:58 AM

    Reading to much into it

  17. scra22 says: Apr 22, 2010 12:03 PM

    “The fact that Condon said “we’ve been down this road once before” could be interpreted as a slip as to whether he’s going “down this road again.” As in “going down that road right now.””
    Or you could be reading way too much into it?

  18. HellsGrimTyrant says: Apr 22, 2010 12:13 PM

    No way, no how the Redskins take a QB in this draft. They have nothing to offer by way of trades and need a left tackle too desperately. Washington fans will lynch Shanny if he even tries it.

  19. Chest Rockwell says: Apr 22, 2010 12:16 PM

    What leverage does Bradford have?? Either take the Rams offer or sit out a year, re-enter the draft and take FAR less??? Brilliant!!

  20. biglebronski10 says: Apr 22, 2010 12:18 PM

    “superbowl says: April 22, 2010 11:42 AM
    Both the Rams and Redskins offense suck, but have limited tools, both have aging RB’s (albeit the Redskins have a collection of old RB.”
    —————————————————–
    Well, you are correct about the RBs if you meant that in the context that we are all aging every moment. In any other context, I wouldn’t consider Steven Jackson an aging RB.

  21. NFLfanatic says: Apr 22, 2010 12:28 PM

    The fact that Condon said “we’ve been down that road once before” could be interpreted as a slip as to whether he’s going “down that road again.” As in “going down that road right now.”
    OR….it could mean Condon knows about a new terrorist plot since “we have been down that road before” as well… OMG….Is Bradford hijacking a plane today??

  22. Stone says: Apr 22, 2010 12:31 PM

    I been telling you since McNabb was traded to Washington that he would be traded, along with Washington’s #4 pick for St Louis’ #1 pick. Maybe McNabb doesn’t get included but you watch it happen. St Louis doesn’t need a QB, they need half a team. With a potential of 5 QBs in the 1st round next year, why would they waste the pick this year???

  23. superbowl says: Apr 22, 2010 12:34 PM

    biglebronski
    your right – SJ is not that all – but alot of tread wear on his tires. He has absolutely carried that team for years now. i just fear the workload is catching up to him – remember most teams are now using a 2 running back system to extend the life of a back.
    SJ had a dominant 2009 season.

  24. heartstl says: Apr 22, 2010 12:43 PM

    The road he is talking about here is the Trail of Tears. As in Native Americans. As in Redskins. As in Bradford wants to play for the Redskins.

  25. klindeman1 says: Apr 22, 2010 12:51 PM

    Mike,
    You have said multiple times in the last couple of weeks that once a player is drafted the leverage shifts towards that player in negotiations. I would really think it would be less so this year then any other. The players only option is to sit out and re-enter the draft next year. If a player does sit out this year there seems to be a consensus that a rookie wage scale will be in place next year. In that case a draft pick would make much less then a teams “final offer” this year. Is this something you could touch on in a future post?

  26. rmns828 says: Apr 22, 2010 1:05 PM

    I’ve got an idea…let’s take every single word that comes from the mouth of anyone remotely related to this draft and dice it up a hundred different ways to pull something out of it that’s probably nothing.
    I think it’s a bit of a stretch to make the jump from “We’ve been down that road before” to “We’re going down that road now.”

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