The St. Louis Rams have given quarterback Sam Bradford permission to seek a trade, but it will be difficult finding a team willing to give up the value that they want in return for him.
Sam Bradford was expected to have a breakout season in 2014, but his second torn ACL in as many years completely derailed that thought. He missed the entire season and is now facing a very interesting offseason. The St. Louis Rams have given him permission to seek a trade, but it will be difficult finding a trade partner willing to give up what they want in return.
While they have given his agent permission to speak with teams about a trade, the Rams are not interested in trading Bradford just to get rid of him. General manager Les Snead made it clear that they don’t want to just give up on Bradford despite the injury issues.
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“Deleting him is not the answer,” Snead said on Wednesday. “I don’t know if that solves our riddle. I think the answer is providing insurance in case we do go through more bad luck.”
Basically, the Rams would only trade Bradford to a team that he found if they offered a deal that they couldn’t pass up. They will likely end up signing a free agent quarterback or drafting a talented young quarterback to be Bradford’s backup in case of another injury. It makes sense to give him one more chance, especially with all the talent that Bradford possesses.
During the 2013 season, which was his last NFL regular season action, Bradford ended up playing in seven games. He looked like a much improved quarterback, and threw for 1,687 yards, 14 touchdowns, and just four interceptions in those seven games.
St. Louis still believes that he has the potential to become something special, but he needs to shake the bad luck that he has had over the past couple of seasons.
At 27 years old, Bradford doesn’t have too much time left to turn his career around. If he can get back on track this season, then there is a good chance that he will be able to be the Rams’ starting quarterback that they desperately need. On the other hand, if he doesn’t turn it around this season then it might be time to let him go next offseason.
It will be interesting to see what ends up happening with the Rams and Bradford this offseason, but it appears that they will bring him back for one more season.
H/T Bleacher Report
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