Friday, July 23, 2010

Sam Bradford's Not All That

Once again the signing of first round draft picks is being held up by the contract demands of an unproven quarterback. Sam Bradford (coming off of shoulder surgery mind you) has been slated as the savior of a woeful St. Louis Rams franchise and is looking to become the richest man in the NFL. The numbers being bantered around resemble a billboard for powerball or mega millions. The proposed contract would guarantee Bradford between $40,000,000 and $50,000,000 and with incentives could reach $100,000,000. This is not Peyton Manning or even Eli Manning for that matter. This is not Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, or Ben Roethlisberger. Sam Bradford has not won a single game at the professional level and there are still questions as to whether his 50 touchdown season 2 years ago was reality or an apparition. We all know St. Louis has too many needs for Bradford to turn them around anytime soon. Even if he can throw a nice ball he doesn't run, block, or tackle. It may take years before we get an accurate evaluation on his skills. The problem is no one will sign their top pick until they find out what Bradford's getting and once they do teams will balk at giving their first round pick such an outrageous amount of money. Consequently those picks will hold out, come into training camp late, and fall months behind on their learning curve. This contract impacts the entire league, not just the Rams. Way to go St. Louis! You've managed to drag the entire league down to your level.

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