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Sam Bradford Agrees to Deal With Rams

Jul 30, 2010 – 10:05 PM
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Bruce Ciskie

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On a day filled with draft picks agreeing to terms on their rookie contracts, the NFL Draft's top selection has his big payday.

St. Louis Rams' quarterback Sam Bradford has agreed to terms on a six-year contract that avoids a holdout. The deal has been reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The contract, according to the report, includes $50 million in guaranteed money, and could be worth up to $86 million.

There is likely to be a lot of grumbling over this deal. Bradford is obviously a highly-regarded young player, but it never ceases to look crazy that a player with zero career NFL passes could secure a contract with this kind of guaranteed money. That said, this isn't a huge surprise. Talk has been out there that Bradford's camp was pushing for $50 million, and as long as the current system remains in place, the Rams have little leverage.

Sure, Bradford can sit out the year and go back in the draft, but it makes no sense for the Rams to play that kind of hardball and allow him to do that.

The timing is good for everyone involved. Bradford doesn't have to worry about the PR hit that he would take with any kind of holdout, and the Rams are able to meet their goal of having Bradford available when full-squad practices start Saturday.

Bradford might not even start in St. Louis, though it seems likely he will have the Week 1 assignment. A.J. Feeley was brought in to provide a veteran presence, and he could certainly take the snaps if necessary. But this is Bradford's team, and Bradford needs to prove he is ready to go in Week 1.
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