No talks between Rams, Bradford

AP

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford remains under contract through 2015.  But the Rams want to re-do his contract now.

And the Rams aren’t bashful about making it known.

Before Thursday night’s game against the 49ers, Rams president Kevin Demoff told NFL Network that the team has decided that Bradford will be the team’s long-term answer at the quarterback position, and that the Rams would do a contract extension right now.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there have been no talks between the Rams and Bradford’s camp — and there likely won’t be until the 2014 offseason, at the earliest.

With three years left on his contract, Bradford has no reason for now to rip up the balance of his deal.  The Rams have every reason to try to reduce cap numbers of $17.6 million in 2014 and $16.5 million in 2015.

After 2013, the question becomes whether Bradford, the last No. 1 overall pick before the arrival of the rookie wage scale, is willing to do a team-friendly deal that would give him another large chunk of guaranteed money.  If he decides to play out his rookie contract with non-guaranteed salaries in 2014 and 2015, the starting point for 2016 would be a franchise tag of $19.8 million.

That strategy keeps the risk of injury and ineffectiveness on Bradford, who has been looking fairly ineffective on Thursday night against the 49ers.

70 responses to “No talks between Rams, Bradford

  1. If that is the case, that crash you hear will be the sound of Rams season ticket holders racing to the office to RETURN and CANCEL their tickets. A truly horrible quarterback on a truly horrible team.

  2. Why would you extend a below average QB? Everyone is so quick to criticize Ponder, Gabbert, Locker, Cassel, Smith, Fitzpatrick etc and other QBs over the past few years, but Bradford has been below average, maybe flashing signs of being average, since he entered the league in 2010. While I don’t think he is as bad as Ponder or Gabbert, a lot of people seem to give him a pass because “he hasn’t had alot of weapons”, but those teams of the QBs above didn’t/don’t have weapons.

    Bradford got his outrageous rookie deal, why would you want to extend him?

  3. I dont know if its his confidence or the playcalling, but they have got to take some shots down the field with all that speed on the outside. All i see from this offense is 5 yard crossing routes..

  4. The Rams haven’t exactly surrounded Bradford with elite weaponry on offense to make his job easier, but I’m still not sold on this kid as their QB of the future at all. Every single team in the NFL should be doing whatever it takes to construct a team that is built to win a Super Bowl, and the Rams need to stop and ask themselves if they actually see Sam Bradford as the type of guy who will be hoisting a Lombardi trophy some day. The answer is a resounding NO, and every year you continue to chase mediocrity with a player like Bradford is another year down the drain, another year that could have been spent taking steps forward instead of hopelessly hovering in relative obscurity.

  5. I expect Bradford to take a seat next to Freeman. You can talk about his potential all you want, but he hasn’t shown anything worthy of a contract extension. I’d give him one more year under a franchise tag to prove himself IF he shows me something this year.

  6. I think the conversation is about to shift to whether or not Bradford is going to stay on the Rams’ roster through his rookie contract. I thought he showed promise early on, but he’s looking terrible. No reason to throw good money after bad if you’re the Rams.

  7. As a QB, you have to give a glimmer of hope that you have what it takes, despite your line. Sam showed nothing tonight and if I were a Ram’s fan, I would be disgusted. Bradford is David Carr running scared even when he could make a play!

  8. I can’t tell you if its the play calling or Sam Bradford but that was dreadful to watch tonight. There should have been 3 or 4 more interceptions he threw in that game. Not the cleanest pocket and that offensive line doesn’t get any push in the run game.

  9. If anybody could use some veteran presence at WR, it’s the St Louis Rams. Jared Cook is not a good blocker and he’s not much of a safety valve TE. Austin and Givens are very talented, but not refined. Amendola’s health meant that he couldn’t be the answer, but maybe this team should have held onto a guy like Brandon Gibson or made a deal for Davone Bess before the Browns did, because Bradford needs somebody on short routes to throw the ball to. Bradford played badly tonight, but he’d look a lot less helpless in defeat if he had somebody underneath somewhere, anywhere.

  10. It’s a bit past time to point out Bradford has been wildly over paid, and isn’t in the top half of the QB’s in the game right now. Don’t be shocked when the Rams move on.

  11. “the team has decided that Bradford will be the team’s long-term answer at the quarterback position”

    And….this is why bad teams stay bad.

    Rams are 17 games below .500 since they drafted him. And no, it’s not all Bradford, but shouldn’t a QB have one above average season, or helped your team get to the playoffs even once, before a decision about your long term answer?

  12. How much did Kevin Demoff have to drink when he said this…
    ‘that the team has decided that Bradford will be the team’s long-term answer at the quarterback position, and that the Rams would do a contract extension right now’…

    Seriously?

  13. Get rid of him. He’s shell shocked and has regressed horribly. The guy hasn’t even come close to being what they thought he would. Beware of those guys who come from cushy teams.

  14. It is uncanny how much Sam Bradford looked like 2010-2011 Mark Sanchez tonight. He just looked lost, confused, and rattled with no end in sight. The fact he was getting hit so much didn’t help either.

    Could it be that Brian Schottenheimer is/was the OC for both QBs?

  15. Bradford looked terrible. I know Schottenheimer’s offense is straight out of 1980 but holy crap, THROW the ball. You can’t go back to a curl route after 5 steps and a few pats of the ball, you need to throw it before the guy turns around. With all due respect, Bradford looks like a guy with ADD who, after the snap, forgot what he was supposed to be doing. ( I said with all due respect )

  16. Way to go Rams GM!! Do what every loser franchise does instead of admitting you made a bad pick compound the problem and give him a few more years to stink it up!!!

  17. Im not a rams fan but I am part of the Raider Nation n huge football fan but maybe more important is I dont like the 49ers at all..with that said i do watch alot of games and highlights and i like to think of myself as a dude with pretty good knowledge of this one time great sport…but resigning Sam Bradford i think would be doing the 49ers n seahawks a huge favor pretty much keeping the RAMS a step behind as far as the talent pool goes on the offensive side of the ball.. i just dont see Bradford as a guy who can lead the team to the big dance now or any time in the future and at this point in his career i still think hes riding his college reputation cause i have not seen anything from him except for a bunch of bad reads or bad desions that hold the rams down from where they want to be at..I know Pryor still lerning but come on face it Bradford isnt going to get any better ..Good luck in 2013 though and keep fightin”

  18. Bradford should try and get a long term deal as soon as possible , few more games lie tonight pile up and those $$$ might start going down.

  19. Why would they want to sign him for longer than 3 seasons? He is an ok quarterback, but its clear he isn’t good enough to make everyone around him better.

    I guess maybe they are content with “not being awful” and are willing to leave it at that?

  20. No leverage? The dude is not that good. They could just as easily trade or release him this offseason & draft another one with what looks like 2 top 10 picks. Should’ve traded Bradford & drafted RG3 last year. You already knew Bradford was mediocre at best.

  21. Bradford is not a good QB. He looks like he doesn’t care, doesn’t throw the ball downfield and misses some easy throws. He reminds me of Brandon Weeden only he throws the ball downfield. St. Louis will never begood with Fisher as head coach and Bradford as QB.

  22. I don’t even like RGIII, but the Rams’ decision to bypass drafting him may have set this franchise back a couple of years. Bradford is not the guy. Hopefully this team wont wait until 2016 to rectify things.

  23. They should rethink that after last night. I’ve always thought Bradford had potential, but if that is what Rams fans have been watching the last 5 years then maybe they should consider a new direction.

  24. Bradford isn’t worth 17.6 million. Rams would be wise to consider alternatives, especially if they get a high pick in the upcoming QB heavy draft.

    I wonder how much of that 17 million the Rams already gave him in that ridiculous signing bonus.

  25. You’re only as strong as your weakest link and I think it’s obvious that the OC is in way over his head. I have never seen a more boring offensive game plan than his.

  26. If the Rams are SMART they would cut their losses after this season. I’ve seen enough of Bradford to know they are not going anywhere with him at QB. Can anybody with a straight face say he’s worth anything close to what they are paying him right now?

  27. I love these people bashing Bradford as an “average QB”.

    You know the league is generally 5 elite QBs, 25 average QBs, and usually 2 really bad QB’s.

    Bradford is one of those 25. And if your franchise’s gameplan is to drop an average QB in the crapshoot that is acquiring an elite QB, then good luck.

    Flacco, Roethlisberger, Eli. These are all non-elite QB’s who took their teams the distance.

    Yeah, we all want to stumble on the next Peyton, Brees, Rodgers, or Brady, but so do like 25 other NFL teams. An average QB isn’t what’s keeping the Rams from the playoffs.

  28. i watched the game last night and i’m neither a Rams fan or niners fan, but what i can tell you is that Bradford missed a guranteed touchdown pass that would have gotten the Rams back in the game. I think it was early 2nd quarter or towards the end of the first when they had to kick a fieldgoal…Bradford missed a wide open reciever for a TD and i mean he missed him badly. they showed the replay on TV and he wasn’t pressured at all, just overthrew a wide open reciever for a TD. I look at that example and others and i just don’t get the love affair with Bradford.

  29. Actually the touchdown Bradford missed he was actually hit as he threw it. Regardless that is a pass he needs to make. Especially when your offense is virtually non existent. As of right now it wouldn’t be wise to give him an extension.

  30. Bradford might not be the best of the best, but who are you going to replace him with?

    Bradford was a can’t miss guy coming out of college, so do you take another crack at it and start rebuilding yet again? Do you bring in Sanchez? Ponder? Freeman? The Cardinals couldn’t talk Warner out of retirement, think the Rams can?

  31. The Rams Owner needs to FIRE the idiots that drafted this no talent loser. The Rams will forever be a loser with this guy under center. A franchise QB is someone like Andrew Luck who didn’t have a good supporting cast last year and still took his team to the playoff.

  32. hanifmiller,

    Funny you say that. I pointed this out to Ram fans who were basking in an awesome come from behind win against the Cardinals in week one and said I was crazy to say the Rams might have erred in passing on Griffin for Bradford who, as many have pointed out, has done nothing with one of the best RBs in football at his disposal through his first 3 years. Bradford is the latest check-down king, taking over that mantle from his predecessors of David Carr, Mark Sanchez, Matt Leinhert, Kellen Clemens, and Blaine Gabbert (okay, he’s co-check-down king with him),

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