First, let me apologize for this article being late. I was at work Friday night when the deal was announced, and I left straight from there to go out of town for a Jr. Legion baseball tournament. But, as they say, better late than never. The Rams signed first-overall pick Sam Bradford to a six-year, $86 million contract, with $50 million guaranteed. I know those numbers look huge, but it’s pretty much what everyone expected. Until the NFL gets a rookie pay scale in effect, these deals are going to continue to get outrageous.
As far as my take on the deal, I just want to commend both sides for getting this thing done and getting Bradford in relatively on time. These things can be tricky, especially for a team that isn’t swimming in money, so good work by both sides. Bradford seemed genuine when he said he didn’t want a holdout, and it looks like it was true. Now we can move forward and get ready for the 2010 season.
Bradford may be mind-blowingly wealthy, but that didn’t stop the veterans from hazing the rookie. Everyone was apparently giving him a hard time over the weekend, and he was even designated the return man for the first two punts of the special teams practice on Sunday. He didn’t come close to catching either one, so it looks like his duties will be limited to quarterbacking from now on.