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Rams say they’re committed to Sam Bradford

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The Rams aren’t wavering in their support of Sam Bradford as their franchise quarterback.

Rams General Manager Les Snead made it clear that the team is committed to Bradford, ESPN reports.

That’s not a surprise: Although Bradford’s season was cut short by a torn ACL in the Rams’ seventh game, he was having his best season before he got hurt. Bradford had career highs in completion percentage and passer rating and a career low in interceptions in 2013.

So although this year’s draft looks like a good one for teams seeking a quarterback in the first round, the Rams likely won’t select Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles or Derek Carr with either of their first-round picks (No. 2 and No. 13).

Instead, assuming the Texans take a quarterback first overall, the Rams can either select the best non-quarterback in the draft at No. 2, or trade the No. 2 pick to a quarterback-needy team and parlay that into more picks, just as they did when they shipped the second overall pick in 2012 to Washington — which is why St. Louis now has Washington’s first-round pick.

If the Rams are right that Bradford is the man to lead their franchise, they have a lot of ammunition in the draft to make the team better around him.

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  1. kingpel says: Jan 10, 2014 1:25 PM

    They can say they’re committed to Bradford all they want as long as they do not offer him a contract extension and draft another QB in the 2nd or 3rd round.

  2. thesmartest1 says: Jan 10, 2014 1:26 PM

    As they should be. Upgrade around him and they’ll be fine.

  3. nextgenjournalist says: Jan 10, 2014 1:29 PM

    Story doesn’t address his 2014 cap hit of $17.6 million. I can’t see how the Rams would pay him that. New contract in the works?

  4. dcstinks says: Jan 10, 2014 1:29 PM

    Bradford is a good Qb, but I don’t think he is the long term answer in St. Louis. look for them to draft a qb in the first.

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Jan 10, 2014 1:29 PM

    Thanks for handing us the most talented QB since Elway in RGIII St. Louis. Those draft picks in the grand scheme of things are worthless in comparasion to a once in a lifetime QB who will carry DC to multiple Superbowls in the next 10-15 years. You’ll draft average to mediocre players anyways.

  6. bowdowntopeyton says: Jan 10, 2014 1:31 PM

    PFT forgot the rest of the quote:

    “…(as long as Sammy is willing to renegotiate)

  7. hockeyman22 says: Jan 10, 2014 1:31 PM

    The future is bright for the Rams with offensive stars at all the right offensive positions.

  8. mrwalterisgod says: Jan 10, 2014 1:32 PM

    *seattle,sf, and Az all high five*

  9. richiebburg says: Jan 10, 2014 1:33 PM

    Why is it assumed teams are going to line up to swap their first round picks for the #2 pick and add two future first round picks just to draft #2? Only one franchise has proven dumb enough to do that… How is it working out for them?

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 10, 2014 1:33 PM

    If they trade down and pick up extra material for 2015′s draft, then they have extra ammo to get a new QB then and there will be plenty of choices just like in this draft. It doesn’t make sense to quit on Bradford right now unless they have some kind of strategic trade option that makes sense. Not sure why another team would be so in love with him beyond how much the Rams like him to want to make that deal though.

    I just can’t see them taking any QB with either 1st round pick based on what we have heard. That would be a shocker.

  11. alshonbrandontandem says: Jan 10, 2014 1:34 PM

    With all the high draft picks the Rams have had in the last 5-10 yrs, and the multiple picks they received from Wash, this team needs to be a playoff team this year. No exceptions.

  12. morr24 says: Jan 10, 2014 1:35 PM

    The Rams are definitely a team to watch during the 2014-2015 season. They had some quality wins and competitive games against quality teams this season even after Bradford was injured.

  13. anicra says: Jan 10, 2014 1:35 PM

    We are committed to pay him 17.6 and 16.8M for 2014 and 2015, respectively. Ouch

  14. dublindemonszfl says: Jan 10, 2014 1:36 PM

    He’s worthy of it, STILL. Fisher will help him be successful.

  15. thraiderskin says: Jan 10, 2014 1:38 PM

    Some great weapons at the wide out position for the Rams to grab in this draft.

  16. awhartstl says: Jan 10, 2014 1:38 PM

    My favorite team once again reminds the fans that they don’t care about winning. :-( Hopefully after another punted season, they’ll find a way to get a real QB in here. I guess the #2 pick will be yet another OT.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 10, 2014 1:40 PM

    …and if Bradford doesn’t work out, then they’ll just be committed.

  18. ctiggs says: Jan 10, 2014 1:40 PM

    Please committ to SAMantha, he is the worse QB in the division. #BUST #goNINERS #NoOnehasitbetter

  19. jtgush says: Jan 10, 2014 1:41 PM

    draft Teddy Bridgewater, shop Bradford or give him the competition that he needs! He has not gave the Rams the 50 mill he signed for…Not an elite NFL QB…..

  20. thraiderskin says: Jan 10, 2014 1:42 PM

    DB and WR in the 1st, address the o-line in the second and free agency.

  21. marcolamorsa says: Jan 10, 2014 1:47 PM

    Bradford didn’t have any talent on the team when he got drafted except for Steven jackson but he got old quick. never had a number one reciever either. But watch out for them next year the NFC west is going to be one hell of a division.

    cowboys fan

  22. ninerdynasty says: Jan 10, 2014 1:48 PM

    YESSS!!!

  23. bennyb82 says: Jan 10, 2014 1:48 PM

    Votes of confidence or commitments have pretty much lost all meaning over the years. Anyone and everyone who gets one is expendable. Money talks and everything else means little.

  24. logicalvoiceseys says: Jan 10, 2014 1:50 PM

    The Redskins are committed to RG3 also. Just 2 mediocre franchises committed to 2 mediocre quarterbacks.

    #itsuckstobearedskinsfan

  25. harveyredman says: Jan 10, 2014 1:50 PM

    You telling me this guy is worth almost $18M a year?! What has he done in the league?
    He’s the 4th best QB in his division.

    Funny how some QB’s win ( Vince Young is 31-19 as a starter), but are too unorthodox to be considered “good”, while others never actually achieve anything but get paid of unrealized potential, year after year.

  26. garyhd01 says: Jan 10, 2014 1:51 PM

    the rams have to be committed to bradford who will be paid about 13.5 mil the cap hit of 17.6 mil is the amount that counts toward the total the rams can use 126 million annual in salary cap for the whole team its nuts but anyway hell with a qb just play sam this year if he fails cut him with one year left and move on more good qbs will be avail next year btw his cap hit is over 13% of the team total thats spread out over 53 players

  27. shoobiedoobin says: Jan 10, 2014 1:52 PM

    If you don’t give a young QB support and then wonder why he isn’t playing lights out, you should quit your job. You don’t know pro football.

    I’m astounded, but not surprised, at how many people being paid to know this game do not know it at all. Maybe a small handful of passers could survive without help. You need to protect the passer and give him a good offensive setup and personnel. Then if he doesn’t play well (bad decisions, inaccuracy, etc.) THEN you cut him loose.

    Bradford with his skills could walk into a QB friendly team like Denver and throw 38 TDs with 14 picks and 4500 yards. Don’t be stupid, your commitment means nothing if you don’t support him on the field.

    Football 101.

  28. bassplucker says: Jan 10, 2014 1:52 PM

    Good luck with that.

    This guy is the classic example of everything that was wrong with the former rookie salary system. SO glad they re-did that in the new CBA.

  29. realitypolice says: Jan 10, 2014 1:53 PM

    I don’t know that I believe Bradford is the answer but I don’t think any QB other than Bridgewater is close to being good enough to go #2 and he’s probably going #1, so this is probably good news for Rams fans to know that the team won’t reach for someone out of desperation.

  30. hendawg21 says: Jan 10, 2014 1:59 PM

    All of this conversational jabbing means squat…the bottom line is who you got with what pick and what have you won? No one will know either until Bradford and what the Rams get for the picks the Skins gave up are playing and done playing in the end you’ll know if you got what you paid for!

  31. nflgiant says: Jan 10, 2014 2:01 PM

    Bradford holds the ball too long,and locks on a receiver,has poor comand in the pocket,and is a poor runner,and field general.Besides that he is great.

  32. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 10, 2014 2:02 PM

    I hope the Rams don’t think they’re going to get the same kind of ransom they got the last time they traded the #2 pick. That’s turned out to be a modern-day Herschel Walker trade.

  33. zeke2517 says: Jan 10, 2014 2:04 PM

    …So, like, this is what happens when an organization just doesn’t care anymore.

  34. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 10, 2014 2:05 PM

    He has only started two full seasons out of five. That alone is worrisome.

  35. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 10, 2014 2:09 PM

    LOL Manziel.

  36. brutus9448 says: Jan 10, 2014 2:15 PM

    It’s more like they are stuck with bradford not committed to him

  37. lanzurrah says: Jan 10, 2014 2:17 PM

    Why? He’s mediocre.

  38. guachosporlife says: Jan 10, 2014 2:17 PM

    This guy’s just not a good QB, would make a great backup. I can’t believe the Rams can’t see that.

  39. ramitbaby says: Jan 10, 2014 2:18 PM

    Bradford was projecting a 33 TD, 9 INT season before he got injured. The Rams started 1-3 because their defense fell apart early with the change at DC…ranking 29th overall through the first month. Having said that, Bradford is worth a heck of a lot more to the Rams than his current trade value.

  40. rsmca says: Jan 10, 2014 2:18 PM

    Why is it I feel like I am reading about Mark Sanchez all over again?

  41. ctiggs says: Jan 10, 2014 2:20 PM

    Bradfords draft class with him as the front runner was the worst qb draft ever.

  42. rams757 says: Jan 10, 2014 2:21 PM

    I do not understand 90% of yall…

    1. Sam has never had a number1 WR. ( With Steven Jack ONLY. They were a pass 1st time. & as a rookie. With no WR. He was a game away from the playoffs… )
    2. Out of 4yrs… He has been hurt 2times..
    3. He has not had the same OC in his 4yrs.. Until now. In which he was hurt.. & as it say up top… He was having his best season so far…
    4. Never had an OL until now.. & it also shows on his stats…

    So Sam being a ” bust ” is bs… Comparing him to other QBs / teams in the division is irrelevant tho.. Because they have Top3 defenses to back them up…
    The only thing I question is salary cap / salary hit with Sam…

  43. rams757 says: Jan 10, 2014 2:23 PM

    They weren’t a pass 1st time…

  44. rubenxx7 says: Jan 10, 2014 2:23 PM

    Bradford can carry the rams with their improved run game and maybe more good offensive player.

  45. bucfanforlife says: Jan 10, 2014 2:25 PM

    draft Matthews at 2 and take haha at the other first round and lambs might become rams

  46. bassplucker says: Jan 10, 2014 2:27 PM

    If I’m the Rams and I can’t get a huge windfall for that #2 pick, I’m not so sure I don’t just sit on it and take Clowney.

    Yeah they’re already stacked on the DL but against the likes of Kapernick, Russell Wilson and whomever the Cards QB of the future winds up being, don’t you think stockpiling as many talented pass rushers as possible might be a good idea?

    Not to mention, with the DL depth they already have, the Rams are basically playing with house money. If Clowney achieves to potential you have a terrifying DL the rest of the league will have to deal with for years. If he busts, it’s not like that unit is gonna turn to crap.

  47. hutch119 says: Jan 10, 2014 2:31 PM

    How does this guy avoid all the negative press that Dalton receives? I am by no means a Dalton fan, I think he should be replaced, but would take him every day over Bradford.

    Poor Rams.

  48. therealraider says: Jan 10, 2014 2:58 PM

    They should draft a QB, Bradford is set to make 17 mil this year, with the new rookie wage scale they can take a QB, cut Bradford and save a lot of money over the next 4 years.

  49. arrowdead says: Jan 10, 2014 3:03 PM

    i know its been a while and bradford kinda has to start to play the way stl expected him too but rams fans should still be pretty happy with their qb situation when they look at places like tennessee, oakland, cleveland, minnesota and few other places.

  50. aldante66 says: Jan 10, 2014 3:04 PM

    The Rams need a Cam Newton type QB. they have a lot of talent on this team but Bradford is another Romo- something always goes wrong. I just don’t see this guy leading them to the promissed land.
    Jonny Foosball may be a good selection here. Brad gets hurt again you got someone who can step in and lead this team.

  51. Phil says: Jan 10, 2014 3:07 PM

    ” or trade the No. 2 pick to a quarterback-needy team”

    Yeah… a quarterback needy team that wants to pick Clowney.

  52. aldante66 says: Jan 10, 2014 3:08 PM

    Bridgewater would make this team one nasty competitor. Besides they don’t need a lot. Bradford could be traded, cut and whatever but you can’ pay him huge bucks to be a back up. That’s there problem.

  53. musiccitymiracle2 says: Jan 10, 2014 3:10 PM

    “Funny how some QB’s win ( Vince Young is 31-19 as a starter), but are too unorthodox to be considered “good”, while others never actually achieve anything but get paid of unrealized potential, year after year.”

    As a Titans fan, I can say unequivocally that VY did not earn that winning record. The, defense carried those terms. Oh yeah, VY did make some plays, but he was never “the reason”. VY got hurt and they had to play Kerry Collins and went 10-0 on the way to the playoffs. Not the QB.

    And BTW, VY was picked third in the draft and got a max contract of about 25 mil over 5 years. The dude got paid…he just doesn’t have any of it.

    I was excited when they picked him, but glad to see him go. Just like Rams fans will be happy to see Bradford go…he’s never done anything either, but I would take him over VY.

  54. schmitty2 says: Jan 10, 2014 3:13 PM

    The Rams have a ton of decisions to make and a lot of options

    1.Trade down and stockpile picks
    2.Stand pat and draft Jake Matthews at #2 and go either Safety/WR at #13
    3.Draft Clowney at #2 and let him develop and then move Chris Long to DT.

    IMO trading down makes sense if you can find the right partner. They can still have 2 first rounds picks with premium talent still available plus later round picks.

  55. grogansheroes says: Jan 10, 2014 3:15 PM

    I don’t know what the Rams expect. Mediocre Qb, less than mediocre HC.

  56. jayovalentine says: Jan 10, 2014 3:23 PM

    How does Bradford compare to Kaepernick and Lil Russell Wilson ?? Im not sold on Bradford.

  57. fordmandalay says: Jan 10, 2014 3:25 PM

    Nothing he’s done makes him worth $17.6 million. Kick him to the curb and free up that money for 3 or 4 good players who will help improve the team.

  58. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 10, 2014 3:26 PM

    Browns need to take notes on this. Put faith in your QB and build your team.

  59. mmsierra says: Jan 10, 2014 3:47 PM

    Trae down and get another 2nd rounder
    (from Oakland?)

    Then, get a top OT or WR
    (or both)

  60. pemory says: Jan 10, 2014 3:54 PM

    Bradford is hard to figure. He seemed like a keeper after his rookie year, but since that time he’s looked somewhat lost. A talent upgrade around him can’t hurt, but difficult to commit to him after a couple of years of average play. Could the Rams “support” be the same thing as a “vote of confidence” that an outgoing coach usually receives?

  61. gfcf42489 says: Jan 10, 2014 4:11 PM

    “Funny how some QB’s win ( Vince Young is 31-19 as a starter), but are too unorthodox to be considered “good”, while others never actually achieve anything but get paid of unrealized potential, year after year.”

    Dude, VY has been washed up for years now. The “he’s a winner” has only applied to him during the regular season in Tennessee. He failed in stops in Philly, Buff and GB.

  62. whiteknightblackheart says: Jan 10, 2014 4:39 PM

    As long as Schottenheimer is the OC, you could amass the greatest talent in the league and still be so predictable on 3rd down that failure is guaranteed.

  63. mrlaloosh says: Jan 10, 2014 4:57 PM

    “Committed”? As in we should be committed to a sanatorium for paying this injury prone overrated QB a boat load of money? I agree. COMMITTED!

  64. channer81 says: Jan 10, 2014 4:59 PM

    “Bradford had career highs in completion percentage and passer rating and a career low in interceptions in 2013.”

    —————————————————————-

    Pretty arrogant statement, what makes you think Bradford was going to keep at that completion rate the rest of the season? He missed 4 more games against his division. And wait a career low in picks? When did we give QB’s credit for throwing a career low in picks because his season was cut short? So Tom Brady’s 0 INT’s in ’08-09 are his career low?

    Brees, Brady, and Manning have made mediocre talent around them look better for years, so did Marino, and Elway. I’ve never seen a top pick QB get more of a pass for not accomplishing anything as Bradford.

  65. dcstinks says: Jan 10, 2014 4:59 PM

    The Rams thank the DeadSkins for a crappy season so they can get another top round draft pick!

    HTTR
    Hail to the Rams!!

  66. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Jan 10, 2014 5:16 PM

    As a NINER FAITHFUL i applaud this decision, bradford is average at best and not a great qb. No one is afraid of bradford. But as a football fan the rams just dont want to admit he’s not the franchise qb and they made a mistake, this is only going to set the franchise back years. In two years bradford will be released or they’ll be looking for his replacement.

  67. riverhorsey says: Jan 10, 2014 5:56 PM

    Rams could clean up if they traded that pick. Be a lot of teams chasing that no. 2 pick.

  68. schmitty2 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:16 PM

    channer81 says:Jan 10, 2014 4:59 PM

    “Bradford had career highs in completion percentage and passer rating and a career low in interceptions in 2013.”

    —————————————————————-

    Pretty arrogant statement, what makes you think Bradford was going to keep at that completion rate the rest of the season? He missed 4 more games against his division. And wait a career low in picks? When did we give QB’s credit for throwing a career low in picks because his season was cut short? So Tom Brady’s 0 INT’s in ’08-09 are his career low?

    Brees, Brady, and Manning have made mediocre talent around them look better for years, so did Marino, and Elway. I’ve never seen a top pick QB get more of a pass for not accomplishing anything as Bradford.

    I’d have to say it’s just as ignorant of you to make the argument about him NOT keeping up the completion percentage. Just because the NFC west has good defenses and he missed 4 of those games you just assume he would have been terrible? And by the way-I will partially agree with you that all the qb’s you listed have at times made mediocre talent look great but lets list some receivers they have played with-Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Randy Moss, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Mark Clayton, Mark Duper, Rod Smith. Were those wr’s with “mediocre” talent??

  69. jollyjoker2 says: Jan 10, 2014 11:24 PM

    Another C Ponder – everyone talks about “if he had W/R” etc.. Sure…Yeah, and if I had 3 Randy mosses or Calvin Johnsons’ on my team in their prime I would have 5000 yards. Guy is in anchor and you need to start over.

  70. davidhodges11 says: Jan 11, 2014 4:49 AM

    I always get a kick out of people who slam Sam Bradford. Never mind the fact that his first 2 years he could not get out of his crouch before he was swarmed by the other teams defense. The Rams are still rebuilding people. He was having a great year even with the defense being very infective and a lack of any run game. The in the same comment will Blast the Rams for passing on RG3 Well guys its not the Rams 1st round pic at Number 2 Just saying. Let the Rams trade or cut Bradford and all he will do is beat the Rams for the next 10 years.

  71. pftstory says: Jan 11, 2014 12:48 PM

    It seems very simple to me.
    St Louis does not need a QB.
    Jax, Cleve, Oak, Min do.
    Atl and TB don’t. (or think they don’t)
    Jax, Cleve, Oak, Min are each going to pin point a QB that they want over the others. At least one of them are going to fear one of the other 3 moving to the #2 spot in a trade with St Louis and taking him. All but Jax have to fear him being taken without a trade.
    With these teams needing a QB the Rams do not need to fear not getting a guy they covet by moving down.
    So watch them move down from #2, then up from #13 to get 2 of Matthews, Clowney & Watkins. Then still have more picks to target additional specific talent and trade into the late first or early second.

    The Rams have the potential to have the best draft ever. (which also means the potential for the worst)

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