The St. Louis Rams were testing the trade waters, hoping for a bite, of any kind by dangling QB Sam Bradford out there and so far the response has been even less than the team expected. And to clarify less–there’s been zero interest in obtaining the services of the oft-injured signal caller.
There are only 32 starting QBs in the NFL and a sure-fire football truth is that not every team is content with their current guy. If a single team does not appear interested in the former top overall selection, what are the Rams left to do?
Bradford is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and the organization already asked him to take a pay cut from the $13M (with a $16.6M salary cap hit) he’ll collect in 2015. When he and his agent balked at that proposal, they were allowed to explore potential trade partners; Cleveland and Buffalo were identified almost immediately but those organizations are either waiting for the asking price (a second-round pick) to lessen or appear content with what they have on the roster right now.
Bradford was drafted the year before the NFL instituted a rookie pay scale and entered the league with more money guaranteed than Tom Brady, who had already won three Super Bowls. Meanwhile under Bradford’s leadership the Rams have never even sniffed the postseason. He is recovering from his second ACL surgery causing him to miss 15 games in an otherwise pedestrian career in which he’s completed under 59% of his passes.
St. Louis holds the tenth-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and several mocks suggest Oregon’s Marcus Mariotta will be there. Should the Rams spend another first-round selection on a QB? Will the team be able to work out a trade and send Bradford to the Browns or Bills?
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