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New Rams regime decided “early on” to keep Bradford

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The Rams had suitors for Sam Bradford early in the offseason, and could have parted ways with the quarterback they inherited from Billy Devaney’s regime. But St. Louis never seriously entertained the notion. Coach Jeff Fisher believes Bradford can become the best quarterback in football, and rookie G.M. Les Snead decided early in the process that Bradford wouldn’t be made available for trade.

“No,” Snead told Albert Breer of NFL.com when asked whether he considered such a move. “The only time it might’ve crossed my mind was if, for some reason, we were to get stuck [holding the No. 2 overall pick] because we didn’t get what we really wanted. Do you take the kid [Robert Griffin III] and trade him from there?

“That might’ve been the only time, and that would’ve been the riskiest of risky moves. But I’ll be clear: We decided early on that Sam was our quarterback.”

According to Breer, the Rams initially talked trade with six different teams involving the second overall pick. Five were willing to make a deal before free agency. The other preferred to wait until “later in the offseason.”

Only the Redskins met St. Louis’ asking price.

On March 9, St. Louis and Washington agreed on a deal sending the rights to Griffin to the Redskins. The Rams acquired the Nos. 6 and 39 picks in the 2012 draft, in addition to two future first-rounders. On draft day, Snead shipped the sixth pick to Dallas in exchange for Nos. 14 and 45. The 45th pick was then sent to Chicago for Nos. 50 and 150.

With the picks acquired, Snead selected defensive tackle Michael Brockers (14), cornerback Janoris Jenkins (39), running back Isaiah Pead (50), and guard/tackle Rokevious Watkins (150).

And the Rams still have Bradford, with two first-round picks left to go.

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32 Responses to “New Rams regime decided “early on” to keep Bradford”
  1. backindasaddle says: May 4, 2012 7:59 PM

    “New Rams regime decided “early on” to keep Bradford”
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    This should be of no surprise to anybody. Only a moron wouldn’t see that this kid is a franchise QB.

  2. searchingandsuffering says: May 4, 2012 7:59 PM

    They should be set going forward.

  3. blacknole08 says: May 4, 2012 8:02 PM

    Bradford is not a bad QB. He just played on a HORRIBLE team last year. With that said, I like some of the moves that they made this off-season in free-agency (minus hiring Gregg Williams) and they actually used their picks in the draft. The defense is starting to look promising and Chris Long is emerging into a star.

    This could be a solid team in the fall.

  4. jdandcoke says: May 4, 2012 8:03 PM

    as long as the rams dont blow it with those two first rounders from washington, they will be a force for years….starting probably in the 2013 season. along with the bengals, they’re a team to watch.

  5. sb50 says: May 4, 2012 8:06 PM

    Why would they even consider giving up Bradofrd. The kid is a great QB he just never had an offense to work with.

    With a decent O-Line, Weapons, and a good defense on top with good coaching. and the kid can be special.

  6. bearsstillsuck says: May 4, 2012 8:08 PM

    Smart move by the rams.

  7. lolb23 says: May 4, 2012 8:13 PM

    Still no Oline means Bradford is still well on his way to busting.

  8. backindasaddle says: May 4, 2012 8:14 PM

    On March 9, St. Louis and Washington agreed on a deal sending the rights to Griffin to the Redskins. The Rams acquired the Nos. 6 and 39 picks in the 2012 draft, in addition to two future first-rounders. On draft day, Snead shipped the sixth pick to Dallas in exchange for Nos. 14 and 45. The 45th pick was then sent to Chicago for Nos. 50 and 150.

    With the picks acquired, Snead selected defensive tackle Michael Brockers (14), cornerback Janoris Jenkins (39), running back Isaiah Pead (50), and guard/tackle Rokevious Watkins (150).

    And the Rams still have Bradford, with two first-round picks left to go.
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    Nice work by the rookie GM for sure. But seldom is a team in such an enviable position as were they. That situation was ripe for the taking. Still… nice work by Snead.

  9. fijabbersman345 says: May 4, 2012 8:19 PM

    Kind of weird that they didn’t take an offensive lineman in the second round considering he got obliterated the last two years and both Cordy Glenn AND Jonathan Martin were on the board…

  10. 6ball says: May 4, 2012 9:01 PM

    .

    The only downside to having all those early round picks is the expectations from the fan base that they’re canton bound because of the draft position.

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  11. pacificamjr says: May 4, 2012 9:05 PM

    4-12

  12. valcomm5 says: May 4, 2012 9:10 PM

    Sam will be great! He made pinpoint passes last year that were dropped. Then the o line collapsed. Sam will be fine!!! All this happened by game 2! we got him a team and its time for them to step up!!!

  13. deathmonkey41 says: May 4, 2012 9:14 PM

    The best thing that could happen to Bradford is that Spagnuolo is in New Orleans.

  14. chrisjohnston10 says: May 4, 2012 9:17 PM

    I believe Bradford will be a star. St. Louis is going to turn the corner in the next few years. I believe Andrew Luck is going to be in a similar situation. Got drafted on a very bad team and will take a few years to get the franchise back in order. Very rarely does a team draft a franchise QB and win the Super Bowl in his first year as a starter.

  15. babyhorsemorgan says: May 4, 2012 9:44 PM

    “We flipped the coin, and it came up keep him. So then a couple guys in the room said, ‘how about two out of three?’. We did that and it still came out keep him. Someone wanted a best of ten, but how long are you going to go on to reach a decision? I mean, you have to be fair to the guy….”.

  16. dobberdubinsky says: May 4, 2012 10:01 PM

    I’d rather have Bradshaw than RGIII

  17. dobberdubinsky says: May 4, 2012 10:02 PM

    or Bradford I mean

  18. ramcountry says: May 4, 2012 10:09 PM

    Time for Bradford to reward the Rams faith.

    Supporting cast aside, he’s fallen into some bad habits and could be playing much better.

  19. mungman69 says: May 4, 2012 10:14 PM

    One of the top QBs in the league

  20. 805_9er says: May 4, 2012 10:28 PM

    NFC West is going to be a very tough division.

  21. damaddhatter29 says: May 4, 2012 10:52 PM

    Heard statements like that before…. “Rex is our QB.” Or “Kyle is our QB.” Might as well read between the lines. We all know what happened after that.

  22. musicman495 says: May 4, 2012 11:03 PM

    It will be interesting to see Bradford, Luck and Griffin perform, since in some ways their fate is all tied together in one way or the other.

    it is not at all clear to me that Bradford will be a better QB than Griffin. And if he isn’t, Fisher adn Snead are gonna have a whole lot of ‘splainin’ to do.

  23. fcoprado says: May 4, 2012 11:06 PM

    Smart move by Rams owner Stan Kroenke to clean house after the season.He simply was sick of losing.Savvy move by hiring Fisher as coach & Snead as GM.The Rams are a team on the rise.

  24. cannonballdookie says: May 4, 2012 11:11 PM

    sb50 says: May 4, 2012 8:06 PM

    Why would they even consider giving up Bradofrd. The kid is a great QB he just never had an offense to work with.

    With a decent O-Line, Weapons, and a good defense on top with good coaching. and the kid can be special.
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    Sorry but you can say that with just about any QB. Bradford needs to do a little bit himself since he was a first overall pick and all. I don’t see the huge potential in him that some others here do, I mean they can win with him but I don’t think he’ll become a star.

  25. wdcskins says: May 4, 2012 11:22 PM

    It was smart not to trade Bradford. And you can’t really compare RG3 and Bradford (apples and oranges, anyone?), which is what Snead kind of does, whether wittingly or unwittingly. They’ve just got to keep Bradford’s jersey clean, and give him talented targets; maybe Quick helps there, I don’t know. I don’t know enough about Quick, but he’s big and fast, and maybe it’s a good pick. When the ‘Skins were thinking about making a play for Bradford, my only concern was how that shoulder would perform again, after he got dropped on it in the game against Texas. They just have to keep him upright, and armed with options. It would’ve been stupid to trade him away.

  26. damnskins703 says: May 4, 2012 11:51 PM

    Bradford or RG3… RG3 duh it’s a no brainer…way more athletic

  27. wdcskins says: May 4, 2012 11:58 PM

    @cannonballdookie: Sorry but you can say that with just about any QB. Bradford needs to do a little bit himself since he was a first overall pick and all. I don’t see the huge potential in him that some others here do, I mean they can win with him but I don’t think he’ll become a star.

    I agree that “protection/weapons” can be said about anyone, but I watched Jason Campbell play with a good O-line (better then than now) and Santana Moss and Chris Cooley, among others. And he’s always going to be a very good backup QB. I think you disagree with the notion that Bradford can be great. I can respect that, but I think he can, if they give him that cliched “protection/weapons”. Of course, the defense stunk, too, but they addressed that with their first pick. So I guess we’ll see.

  28. cgsuddeath says: May 5, 2012 12:28 AM

    cannonballdookie you have no idea what you are talking about.Maybe you should watch how he played college then you can have a objective opinion.Other than that,buttoned it.

  29. mrmarcus55 says: May 5, 2012 2:29 AM

    Better hope his line up to snuff or he will be looking like glass Joe from mike tysons punch-out.

  30. david7590 says: May 5, 2012 3:13 AM

    Keep him around so Brian Schottenheimer can kill his career.

  31. david7590 says: May 5, 2012 3:16 AM

    @dobberdubinsky :

    I don’t know, Terry Bradshaw has to be pushing 70.

  32. nflfollower says: May 5, 2012 11:29 AM

    I like what the rams did with that second pick, obviously a good move. But with that 6th pick this year they should have drafted claiborne instead of trading it to the cowboys. I really hope Jenkins works out for them, but that remains to be seen. I would have liked to see them cash in on more of a sure thing with claiborne. The trade with Washington is only a steal if they cash in on those 1st round picks! Gotta make good on em!

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