BY JIM THOMAS | Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 8:51 pm

Samís a Ram. A Ram with a contract, that is.

Just in time for the first full-squad practice of training camp, the Rams have struck a deal with No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford, the quarterback from the University of Oklahoma.

Contract terms werenít immediately available, but a source familiar with the negotiations said the Rams offer makes Bradford the richest rookie contract in NFL history. In other words more money than the $72 million deal over six years that Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford signed with the Detroit Lions last season.


After missing two days of training camp practices Thursday and Friday _ practices for rookies and selected veterans only _ Bradford is expected be on the field Saturday afternoon for the first full-squad practice of camp. He has been staying in St. Louis, in anticipation of a contract agreement.

Bradford can now resume the business of becoming the franchise quarterback that the Rams hope he becomes over time. Obviously, the sooner the better for a team that has won only six of its last 48 games.

Rams coaches were impressed with Bradfordís work during the spring minicamps and OTAs. He also threw the ball well, showing that he was recovered from a college shoulder injury _ and subsequent surgery that temporarily cast doubt on his viability as a top draft pick.

With questions about his throwing arm apparently behind him, Bradford must now adjust to the speed of the NFL game, and show a good working grasp of the offense. If not, veteran A.J. Feeley could be the starter Sept. 12 when the Rams open the 2010 season against Arizona.