We did well. 'Course you never know if it'll play in Peoria.
(Or maybe we do.) Keep up the good work, Sunshine.;)
Based on everything we know, the Rams did not appear to play it this way; instead they wanted to leave the door open in case someone offered a mega-deal that was never coming. Once Bulger was released in early April, most everyone assumed the Rams were going to take Sam if they stayed put, and the Rams didn't make much of an effort to convince anyone otherwise, unless you count their positive comments about Colt McCoy's workout. Bradford's camp was in no rush to strike a pre-draft deal either, likely for two reasons - (1) they knew they'd gain leverage in negotiations after Sam was picked, and (2) they also wanted to see if a trade down would happen, since the Rams said they were open to that.
Had the Rams started serious negotiations with Bradford and Suh (and McCoy, even) prior to the draft and actually represented themselves as willing to take someone with the first pick as long as a deal was in place, maybe they could have gotten something done with Bradford before making him the pick. It probably would have been cheaper as well, since they'd have more leverage at that point. We'll never know for sure, but I feel rather confident that it at least could have happened. Ultimately they weren't overly concerned with a pre-draft contract, didn't begin serious negotiations until mid-July for whatever reason, and Sam missed three practices and a team meeting before getting signed. I doubt anyone thinks his absence is the end of the world, but at the same time, I don't think rookies missing scheduled practices and meetings suddenly became a good thing.
What's done is done though, and they've agreed on a deal in time to get him in the fold for the start of full-squad work. Hopefully he can make up whatever ground he missed.
Sam Bradford to the Rams with the No. 1 pick in next week's draft has the feel of a foregone conclusion, but it's still not without its potential complications. A source close to the situation told FanHouse on Wednesday that Bradford is "not doing a deal, period, until he is drafted."
That would represent a change in recent trends. The last two No. 1 picks -- Matthew Stafford of the Lions in 2009 and Jake Long of the Dolphins in 2008 -- agreed to contracts before they were selected, as did Mario Williams of the Texans in 2006. The Raiders took JaMarcus Russell at No. 1 in 2007 without signing him beforehand, and that resulted in a complete fiasco in which Russell didn't sign until September.
Now, that's not to say that Bradford, who appears to have both a brain in his head and an idea of how to order a salad, will turn out to be another Russell. But his refusal to sign a pre-draft deal does bring up some issues that indicate the Rams have a thornier issue on their hands than you may think.
The main thing Bradford gains by not signing pre-draft is leverage. If the Rams take him No. 1, they have to sign him. Given the current, miserable state of their franchise, they can't blow the No. 1 pick. There's no way they could face their fans and say, "Sorry, we picked the franchise quarterback we needed, but he was asking for too much, so we didn't sign him." Bradford's agents (the same agents who represented Stafford a year ago) are determined to get him more than Stafford got (six years, $72 million with $41.7 million guaranteed), and they know their chances of getting it from the Rams will increase sharply after the Rams pick Bradford.
None of this is news to the Rams, who have already exchanged figures with Bradford's agents and know what it's going to take to get Bradford signed.
Nick, that's EXACTLY what happened. You don't remember the reports of Rams meeting with agents for all three prior to the draft?Quote:
Had the Rams started serious negotiations with Bradford and Suh (and McCoy, even) prior to the draft and actually represented themselves as willing to take someone with the first pick as long as a deal was in place, maybe they could have gotten something done with Bradford before making him the pick. It probably would have been cheaper as well, since they'd have more leverage at that point. We'll never know for sure, but I feel rather confident that it at least could have happened.
For what its worth (everyone else is saying it) Bradford looked good out there. In an interview after practice he set he felt very comfortable with the offense and he looked it. Nice tight throws with zip and good touch on the deep balls.
I don't think the kid missed much at all truthfully but no doubt would always be better to get into camp as soon as possible.
I'm calling it. By the start of game 1 Bradford will be the number 1 quarterback for the Rams. Maybe even as soon as game 3 of the preseason if he keeps it up. This is barring any injuries.
Earlier in this thread, TheBritishRam posted an article from late March where Demoff himself characterized the talks as "comparing notes" and "trading numbers," which again IMO, is no where near the kind of serious negotiations I was referencing.
The Rams made it pretty clear during the latter part of the process that they were willing to listen to trade offers right down to the wire. That by itself indicates they weren't seriously trying to get a deal in place prior to the draft like Detroit and Houston were.
Heck, Demoff was quoted by the PD in mid-April as saying, ""I don't think it's important to have the first pick signed before the draft," and "[I]t's not a priority for us to have the deal done before the draft." It seems pretty obvious to me that that's a pretty different approach to what Detroit and Houston took.
Look no one is changing their opinion here. I am of the opinion that Condon knew we were in a corner and played this franchise like a fiddle. I firmly believe that, and I think Demoff did what he could out of a situation that was really a no win for anybody in the organization except Bradford. What happened in these negotiations will remain unknown to the public. I for one am done talking about the situation. I am just happy to know that Bradford is in camp in a fair amount of time and will hopefully be starting week 1.
WOW. The curse of money. :D
Now all SB needs to do is dish out say, $10 M to be distributed among every Rams OL and TE as an incentive to better protect him.
...And perhaps a couple of $M among leading ClanRam members to remain positive about him. ;)
Glad this is done with. Alright, let's get down to business. :helmet:Quote:
Originally posted by Ramblin' Man
Good to see.
Now, next hurdle...injury free pre-season and then win some games in the regular season.