Jeff Fisher wants Sam Bradford back, at the right price

AP

The Rams have been playing good football lately, especially for a team that lost its franchise quarterback to a knee injury right before the season. Rams coach Jeff Fisher thinks the Rams can play even better football next year, if they have that franchise quarterback on the field.

Fisher told Albert Breer of NFL Network that he wants Bradford back next year.

There is, of course, one enormous caveat: Bradford has a year left on the enormous contract he signed as the first overall pick in the draft in 2010, before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement significantly reduced the value of rookie contracts. Bradford is scheduled to get paid $13 million in 2015, and to count a whopping $16.6 million against the Rams’ salary cap. So the Rams would like to re-do Bradford’s deal.

The question, then, becomes how much of a haircut the Rams want Bradford to take, and whether Bradford thinks he has enough leverage that he could balk at a significant reduction in his pay. If Bradford thinks he would make more in free agency than the Rams are asking him to settle for, he could tell them to either pay him the $13 million for the final year of his deal or release him.

St. Louis has a lot of the pieces in place to be a playoff team next season, if the quarterback position can get stabilized. But given Bradford’s injury history and the uncertainty surrounding his contract, that’s a big “if.”

57 responses to “Jeff Fisher wants Sam Bradford back, at the right price

  1. let him walk for anything above the minimum. This team needs consistency at the QB position and he hasn’t shown the ability to produce consistently let alone maintain his health on a consistent basis

  2. the lone good thing goodell did was fix the first round draft pick contracts. From a bronco perspective, they wouldve had to give von miller a ridiculous contract and might not have been able to make the other moves to go from 2nd pick to playoff team in a short amount of time.

  3. Bradford better be thankful for the money he’s been given up to this point and hope the Rams see even half of the value of the last year of that contract in him. Because, up to this point and primarily due to injury, you could make an argument he’s been a bust.

  4. Being a Rams fan Bradford has frustrated me for 5 years. With that being said he was off to an incredible start last year before getting hurt. The Rams are in a precarious position as the QB position is all that is keeping them from being a playoff team IMO. Shaun Hill is what he is and Austin Davis is not ready to handle a true passrush yet. Even if they trade up to get Mariota or Winston it’s not a given they can step in and contribute right away. Some people may laugh or disagree with me but Bradford gives them the best chance……IF he can be re-signed at the right price.

  5. As a Rams fan, I wouldn’t mind seeing Bradford coming back only if he is really healthy, takes a huge pay cut from his contract and gives the OK that the Rams may draft a QB in next year’s draft. The Rams of course have leverage in the contract talks, telling him to take a pay cut, accept a less expensive one or tell him to find a better contract with another team.

  6. The free agent QB pool for next year is Matt Flynn, Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and bunch of other guys with similar pedigrees.

    Fisher botched the draft by not choosing a developmental QB with one of the picks he got from Washington.
    .

  7. If they can get him back for around $1 million a year, fine. Anything more than that, forget it. Even when he was as healthy as he ever was, he didn’t impress. With his injury history, not worth taking a risk on anymore.

    Straight up trade for RGIII?

  8. So everyone’s making Dan Snyder free agent jokes again? He hasn’t been involved since he hired Bruce Allen. But of course a majority of the posters on here are sheep that agree with popular sentiment.

  9. Injury prone quarterbacks are not worth big contracts. Durability is underrated.

    When you talk about how many wins a starter is good for versus how many wins a backup is good for, thats what you are paying for. Dollars per win.

  10. A contract is a contract. I hope the Rams honor Bradford’s contract. Folks that show all kinds of disgust when a player that has out performed his contract tries to force a renegotiation…….. Where are you? I know you’re with me right?

  11. How about blow up the whole team???

    He’s a bad coach who brings in bad coaches and is only town because his agent’s son is an executive on the team.

    Good Coach???

    My foot.

    Fisher made this team a mess, a winner based on injured players on opponents not playing, and he should be canned after this year because with Fisher there is no direction of greatness.

  12. Sam Bradford is the worst investment after Percy Harvin that I can think of. He has played in just over half the regular season games since becoming a starter. He is perpetually broken. He’s not worth 13 million over 3 years let alone one year! Cut him.

    Yes he is a talented athlete and a pretty good quarterback. But he can’t stay healthy and there is no reason to think he can play a full 16 games for any team.

  13. Free agency

    The Jets always have no choice but to overpay for ALL players

    The REALLY need to overpay for a QB

    Sucks to be the Rams bidding against the Jets

  14. Realistically, what are the options for the Rams? Their defense is ready to win now. A capable starter likely separates them from the playoffs. If they don’t sign Bradford to a reasonable deal (Flacco and Dalton territory?) who will they get? The FA ranks are thin – Bradford looks like the best pending FA out there unless you think Hoyer is your guy (maybe they are holding out hope Big Ben won’t re-sign with the Steelers). So what are you going to do? Draft your guy in one of the weakest QB drafts in recent history?

    Bradford, in spite of his issues, will be a hot commodity if he hits the open market. I’m betting the Rams find a way to pay him plenty enough to stay.

  15. And that price is $0.00….you gotta cut this guy loose before his ligaments evolve and infect other people in the locker room. Actually Bradford should pay $1M to stay with the club.

  16. “Showing up is 80 percent of life.”
    —Woody Allen
    Ok Sam, I figure you take an 80% haircut on the contract. You can make it back in incentives. IMHO, he is released on March 15th.
    If the Rams finish at 8-8 or 9-7, there will be tremendous pressure to keep/resign him.

  17. While I agree that he certainly hasn’t earned his money stop pretending that he hasn’t paid the price. The guy has a completely shredded knee that will affect him the rest of his life. On the other hand I’d trade my knee for that much money

  18. I’ve never understood the knock on a players failure to remain “healthy” after getting injured while in the act of playing. This is football.

    How about protecting your prized commodity, aka QB, with better OL play, instead of labeling a player injury prone.

    NFL players need to negotiate better contracts for themselves. There’s no reason, other than greed of the owners, that a player should take an injury for his team and then the team wants to renegotiate its written contract with that player. That’s just crazy, and my opinion.

  19. cafetero1075 says: Dec 11, 2014 1:24 PM

    Great thing they changed that rule, Clowney would of took 75 mil for 1 hit he did in college.

    And he should send a thank you note to BSPN for playing that hit over and over again smdh.

  20. He is worth fringe starter money, I would say 4 to 5 million a year. Ryan Fitpatrick signed for 2 years 7.5 million (4 million guaranteed). Josh McCown signed for 2/10 million (plus incentives) but he is overpaid. Bradford is a better bet than either of those, but not a lot better.

    He should agree to stay with the Rams for another year with reduced salary of $5 or $6 million if for no other reason than to try and earn the money he stole from them in his first contract. Alex Smith did something like that and it ended up working out for him.

  21. Can you honestly call Bradford a “franchise quarterback” with laughing on the inside? The guy has only completed two seasons in his career, playing in 49 of a possible 80 games. His passing yards are decent in the two seasons he completed, he has a 1.55 td/int ratio. He is not a franchise qb and with the amount of injuries he has had, he may never develop into one.

  22. “How about protecting your prized commodity, aka QB, with better OL play, instead of labeling a player injury prone.”

    In 2013 Bradford tore his left ACL running out of bounds. This year Bradford got rolled up on when a defender from the Browns fell backwards into Sam’s ankle and knee.

    Obviously, better offensive line play will allow a certain level of protection for the QB. But, the offensive line can’t be everywhere at once. So, you have to put the lion’s share of the blame on Bradford’s faulty ligaments. And if you go back and look at the play where the fat Browns lineman sat down on Bradford’s ankle, you kind of think “that’s all it took.” Seriously, Bradford is fragile. Maybe not as fragile as RGiii but still fragile nonetheless.

  23. “This year Bradford got rolled up on when a defender from the Browns fell backwards into Sam’s ankle and knee.”

    A recently repaired knee that wasn’t supported by a protective brace. Coaches & medical staff allowed. That hit was a love tap, a brace could of meant the difference between slight soreness and the thing that happened, his acl re-tearing.

  24. Upcoming free agency and the draft. Who is better than Bradford? Mariota and Winston will be top 10 picks which is out of the Rams draft range and neither is worth trading up to get. You roll the dice with Bradford and Hill again and try to get a qb that is worth drafting in rounds 2-3 to replace Austin Davis.

  25. It’s not enough that we have to endure all this L.A. talk, now we have to suffer through possibly another season of Sam Bustford? C’mon Snead. For YEARS everyone has said that the Rams are just about there but they need a QB. Now you’ve got folks saying that this is a playoff caliber defense and there are enough pieces on offense but they have to have a QB and you’re considering bringing back this guy? Ugh

    The Rams have been the youngest team in the league for something like 3 years now. It’s time for us to make a big move up in the draft to get Winston or Mariota. You’ve already got a ton of young players so losing a draft pick or two isn’t as bad as it normally would be considered. Make the move and go get us a franchise QB instead of bringing back a fragile; mediocre retread.

  26. fordmandalay says:
    Dec 11, 2014 12:47 PM
    If they can get him back for around $1 million a year, fine. Anything more than that, forget it. Even when he was as healthy as he ever was, he didn’t impress. With his injury history, not worth taking a risk on anymore.

    Dude – backups like Matt Moore make $5M a year. You’re deluded if you seriously expect a guy drafted #1 overall will accept 20% of backup QB money.

  27. Marshawn Lunch says:
    Dec 11, 2014 2:26 PM
    ““How about protecting your prized commodity, aka QB, with better OL play, instead of labeling a player injury prone.”

    In 2013 Bradford tore his left ACL running out of bounds. This year Bradford got rolled up on when a defender from the Browns fell backwards into Sam’s ankle and knee.

    Obviously, better offensive line play will allow a certain level of protection for the QB. But, the offensive line can’t be everywhere at once. So, you have to put the lion’s share of the blame on Bradford’s faulty ligaments.”

    In 2013 Sam tore his ACL when he was hit with a LATE
    HIT running out of bounds. Followed by Chris Long fighting the Carolina Defensive player hot did it.

    Please get your facts straight when trying to blame a guys “faulty ligaments” for an injury. Sam has been a product of bad luck and one of the worst offensive front lines in the league when he was drafted. He deserves another shot, but maybe re-negotiate a performance based contract with bonuses for staying healthy.

  28. The team is starting to get good at the right time. They will be real good when they relocate to LA. Tickets will sell for this team.

  29. Brian Hoyer is a free agent after the season. He is as good if not better than Bradford. Given the talent the Rams have, he could lead them to 10-11 wins and the playoffs easily.

  30. Rams ruined him by putting him behind a totally incompetent offensive line for years.

    His deterioration is strickly on you.

  31. If the Rams want to keep Sam Bradford they better be prepared to pay him the full amount of the last year of his contract.
    Bradford would be foolish to restructure his contract. He would be the top free agent quarterback out there if the Rams release him. The other free agent quarterbacks available this year all stink out loud. Bradford would be able to get a very decent contract from a team that needs a quarterback because he would be the best option available.

  32. You have to be realistic in what you offer Sam Bradford to take a pay cut. I would say 9 to 10 million per season would get it down. That would be a 3 to 4 million dollar pay cut. That’s a lot of money for him to give up. If he took less than that he would be stupid. He could get that from another team if he’s released. The Rams don’t have much of a choice but to pay him 9 or 10 million. He could sit on the 13 mill and they would have to pay it or cut him.

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