NFL Media reports that no team has made a trade offer for St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford despite reports of an interest from several clubs.
Depending on who you talk to and when, St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is either definitely available for a trade or definitely prepared to suit up for the Rams in the last year of his rookie contract. For now, at least, it appears nothing concrete has come as a result of either rumor as the Rams continue to angle toward a pay cut for the oft-injured Bradford.
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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that “Despite recent reports of interest from the Buffalo Bills or Cleveland Browns, a Sam Bradford trade remains highly unlikely. As of Tuesday, no team has contacted the St. Louis Rams about trading for their enigmatic quarterback.”
Enigmatic, eh? We just figured he’d suffered a little bad luck with injuries, but enigmatic is what the Rams are calling Bradford as they ask the sixth-year quarterback to accept a pay reduction largely based on the fact that he has appeared in just seven games in the last two seasons.
With the Rams set to have Bradford count for over $16 million against their 2015 cap, the team wants their QB to make that figure more amenable. Bradford and his agent predictably balked and were since given permission to seek a trade. Despite initial reports that teams such as the Bills or Browns were interested, it appears no one has bitten on such a deal.
This could be because no one has interest in Bradford or, more likely, it’s because no one’s convinced Rams GM Les Snead really wants to move Bradford. As we saw in 2014, the Rams really don’t have a contingency plan in case they move on from Bradford, so it makes much more sense for the team to keep him than to cut him, even if it comes at a hefty cap charge.
As a result, the Rams could be asking a king’s ransom for the largely unproven Bradford. Rapoport tossed out a second-round pick as a possible asking price, which doesn’t seem like a huge price, considering the wasteland that is the free agent quarterback class this year. The draft is also as weak as it’s been in a long time at the position, which could mean the Bills, Browns, or others would find better value with their second-round pick spent on Bradford than anyone else.
For now though, that’s not happening as the Rams appear content to remain in a stalemate with Sam Bradford and his agent in the hopes of reducing his salary. Until someone steps up though, the team hardly has the leverage to do so from where we’re sitting.
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