Breaking News!!! This is Sam Bradford‘s make or break year! As if we haven’t heard it a million times already. As fair, or unfair rather, as it is, this is in fact Sam Bradford’s make or break year. Play well and he might have a future with this team, play bad, and there’s no question the Rams could draft a quarterback in the first round next season to replace Bradford.
As much as some fans may have been upset that the Rams didn’t trade or release Bradford before or during the draft, it made a lot of sense why it didn’t happen. Nobody, not even the Raiders would want to take on that cap number, the Rams would have suffered a $7-million cap hit that would have held them back, and Bradford was better than any of the other quarterbacks in the previous draft with what he showed in the early goings of last season.
Next season however is different with the possibilities of what could be franchise quarterbacks Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, and Brett Hundley coming out. If Bradford crumbles under pressure, the Rams very well could target one of those three guys.
If Bradford crumbles, he most likely wouldn’t bring any trade value, and if released next season, it would only penalize the Rams $3.5-million which is much more reasonable than this season’s $7-million.
The chances of this being Bradford’s last season are slim, but it will of course all depend on his play. Jeff Fisher has proven that he isn’t afraid to sit a player if he doesn’t play well. However, Jeff Fisher has also proven that Bradford is this team’s quarterback, and that they are behind him until proven otherwise.
Last offseason the team put weapons around Bradford which lead to what could have been his best season as a NFL quarterback had he not gotten hurt. In fact, he very well could have been, dare I say, a top ten quarterback.
This offseason the team has taken what was a pretty shaky offensive line, and made a what could be dominant offensive line, if they can stay healthy of course. The front office and coaches have made a point that they are going to give Bradford the supporting cast he needs and deserves. He got his weapons, and now he has his offensive line, all he needs to do is win.
The Rams have a solid running game and a what could be elite defense, both of which are a quarterback’s best friend. This is not a team that Bradford will have to carry on his shoulders like he has had to in the past, this season, he will have help.
The fact of the matter is, Les Snead and Jeff Fisher are 500% behind Sam Bradford and will live or die with him. They believe that Bradford is the guy that is going to take them where they want to go, and with the pieces in place, he very well could.
Sam Bradford is by no means a bad quarterback, but he isn’t Peyton Manning either. The Rams are finally ready for Bradford to be a winner, the pieces are there. Unless Bradford completely flops this year, this will not be Sam Bradford’s last season in St. Louis.