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    The Rams have begun preliminary contract negotiations with the player rep for Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
    Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch



    They've even touched base with QB Jimmy Clausen. "We're really just comparing notes," said executive VP of football operations Kevin Demoff, who added that he will begin "trading" numbers with agents in early April. If the ownership uncertainty doesn't preclude the Rams from selecting Bradford, they're still unlikely to get into hard numbers until after his March 29 pro day and April 12 team visit.


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    Although this means nothing about who we're taking with our no. 1 pick, it IS nice to see that we're doing our due diligence early on. Hopefully we'll see similar headlines with Suh and McCoy.
    Last edited by shower beers; -03-25-2010, 07:10 AM.

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    Re: Rams begin contract negotiations with Bradford

    Originally posted by shower beers View Post
    Although this means nothing about who we're taking with our no. 1 pick, it IS nice to see that we're doing our due diligence early on. Hopefully we'll see similar headlines with Suh and McCoy.
    If you'd copy and paste the information from the actual source (Post-Dispatch) rather than doing it from Rotoworld, you'd see that is indeed the case. ;)


    The Rams have begun preliminary negotiations with the agent for Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.

    But before fans jump to any conclusions, executive vice president of football operations Kevin Demoff said he has had similar discussions with the agents for Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and even Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

    "All the people who are in the discussion (for No. 1 overall), we've talked to their agents," Demoff said. "We're really just comparing notes. Also, it may take some time, so we figured we'd get a head start."
    Courtesy of Jim Thomas' article, "Rams start talks ahead of draft"

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    • #3
      Re: Rams begin contract negotiations with Bradford

      Im not surprised by this at all. Its a smart move trying to get the contract sorted before the draft. Whoever we pick i bet we know a few days before the draft

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      • #4
        Re: Rams begin contract negotiations with Bradford

        Well then, I assume the agent for Tebow has been contacted as well.


        Hello? Is this thing on?
        The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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        • #5
          Re: Rams begin contract negotiations with Bradford

          weather it be Suh or Bradford the one good thing we having going for us is that either could or couldn't be pick #1.


          In many drafts the clear #1 overall pick can drive the price up.

          Bradford really can't do that because if Rams pass he could slip to 4 or below.

          Suh could slip to 3 (hypothetically) -- so I hope we use this to our advantage.

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          • #6
            Re: Rams begin contract negotiations with Bradford

            Originally posted by Nick View Post
            If you'd copy and paste the information from the actual source (Post-Dispatch) rather than doing it from Rotoworld, you'd see that is indeed the case. ;)



            I don't have time for your "articles" maaaan, I need my information in short, two line bursts! GO GO GO!

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            • #7
              Re: Rams begin contract negotiations with Bradford

              i hope they take bradford

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              • #8
                Re: Rams begin contract negotiations with Bradford

                Originally posted by HUbison View Post
                Well then, I assume the agent for Tebow has been contacted as well.


                Hello? Is this thing on?
                One can only hope.
                sigpic :ram::helmet:

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                • #9
                  Re: Rams begin contract negotiations with Bradford

                  Originally posted by HUbison View Post
                  Well then, I assume the agent for Tebow has been contacted as well.


                  Hello? Is this thing on?
                  Actually Demoff defered contract negotiations with tebow to me. As it currently stand I have offred him two fatted calfs and a bag of crisps.

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                  • #10
                    Rams talk contract with Bradford, Suh, McCoy, Clausen

                    The only team that's allowed to begin contract negotiations with draft prospects before the draft is the team that has the first overall pick. The St. Louis Rams are taking advantage of that.

                    Rams Executive VP of Football Operations Kevin Demoff said he has had discussions with the agents for Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

                    "All the people who are in the discussion [for No. 1 overall], we've talked to their agents," Demoff told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We're really just comparing notes. Also, it may take some time, so we figured we'd get a head start."

                    Talking to multiple players could give the Rams some negotiating leverage in attempting to get their top choice to agree to a team-friendly contract before the draft, but Demoff said that's not what these discussions are about.

                    "It's not a thing about playing them off against one another," Demoff said. "I don't really believe that that works. It's a complicated deal. It's got a lot of moving parts. You're just getting the sense for which parts are important for which people. So if you get down that path . . . you've already done a lot of the legwork."

                    Even though they're already talking to agents four weeks before the draft, the Rams won't necessarily get a deal done before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces their pick, as the Lions did with Matthew Stafford in 2009 and the Dolphins did with Jake Long in 2008.

                    "The goal is to get the right deal for the right player that you want to draft," Demoff said. "If that happens before the draft, great. If it doesn't happen before the draft, then we'll spend May, June and July working on it."
                    From ProFootballTalk.com

                    I hope talks with Clausen is only to put Bradford underpresure do get him down in price. Clausen is the only one in the list I would hate to see with the nr 1 pick.
                    Last edited by Nick; -03-25-2010, 12:58 PM. Reason: NO LINKS!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Rams begin contract negotiations with Bradford

                      I hope we agree on a deal soon. I am so eager!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Rams talk contract with Bradford, Suh, McCoy, Clausen

                        Originally posted by ClarasDK View Post
                        From ProFootballTalk

                        I hope talks with Clausen is only to put Bradford under pressure do get him down in price. Clausen is the only one in the list I would hate to see with the nr 1 pick.
                        That's right CDK. To consider Clausen as 1st overall pick just doesn't seem smart right now and your guess on this being a price tactic may be real. The more time passes by the more sense it makes (to me) to stick with the Bradford / Suh initial option. But at this point there's somewhat of a chess match going on between owners and coaches and front offices of the NFL teams in terms of strategies.
                        Last edited by Nick; -03-25-2010, 12:59 PM. Reason: Removing link from quoted post

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                        • #13
                          Re: Rams begin contract negotiations with Bradford

                          man imagine if suh was quarterback................... and a d tackle...............:king:...............

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                          • #14
                            Re: Rams begin contract negotiations with Bradford

                            My list goes as:

                            Bradford
                            Suh
                            Clausen
                            McCoy

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                            • #15
                              Re: Rams begin contract negotiations with Bradford

                              Fantastic. Glad to see we're really off to a good start in getting whoever it is we're attempting to sign, signed.

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                              • Nick
                                Wagoner: No need to rush Sam Bradford extension
                                by Nick
                                No need to rush Sam Bradford extension
                                September, 27, 2013
                                By Nick Wagoner | ESPN.com

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                                Bradford is a quarter of the way through his fourth season in the league and every move the Rams made last offseason was clearly with an eye toward building around him, not looking for his replacement.

                                So it should be no surprise that Demoff, general manager Les Snead and coach Jeff Fisher are willing to publicly voice their support for Bradford. In fact, thatís exactly what they should be doing.

                                It does no harm to back Bradford right now, as he is by far the best option on the team at the position. Creating doubt or a quarterback controversy is the last thing this team needs. Itís good for the team to know that Bradford is the guy, and itís good for Bradford to know it as well.

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                                By and large, though, Bradford doesnít have the body of work that should earn a rubber stamp (not to mention the many millions of dollars) that a contract extension would provide.

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                                If nothing else, signing Bradford to an extension anytime soon would be premature. His contract doesnít expire until after the 2015 season. Heís due $27 million over the next two seasons, leaving plenty of time to determine if he can be the type of quarterback that should get a big-money second contract.

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                                -09-27-2013, 04:53 PM
                              • Nick
                                Rams welcome Sam Bradford contract extension talks
                                by Nick
                                Rams welcome Sam Bradford contract extension talks
                                By Gregg Rosenthal
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                                Published: Sept. 26, 2013 at 06:58 p.m.
                                Updated: Sept. 26, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.

                                St. Louis Rams fans continue to wait for Sam Bradford to play like a No. 1 overall pick. He hasn't played poorly through four seasons, but he often leaves observers wanting more.

                                It begs the question: When might the Rams' front office think about alternatives?

                                Thankfully, we have NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media Columnist Mike Silver to ask these types of questions. Rapoport and Silver spent time with Rams coach Jeff Fisher, general manager Les Snead and Rams president Kevin Demoff in St. Louis this week.

                                "We have decided that Sam Bradford is our guy. If they came to us and wanted to do a contract extension right now, we'd do it in a minute," Demoff told Silver.

                                Bradford's deal doesn't run out until 2015. He's due $27 million over the next two seasons, which is a lot of money for a mid-level starter.

                                Rapoport and Silver reported on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access Kickoff" that Bradford is in no rush to work on an extension. Bradford knows how highly the Rams think of him, but he'd like to wait until he has the stats to back up the kind of contract he wants. (We'd argue that Bradford doesn't have the stats to back up the contract he has now.)

                                If the stats don't come this season, Rapoport reports that Bradford will play another season and reassess after 2014.

                                Bradford is not going anywhere, and there is no pressure to do a new contract soon. He's owed a lot of money in the next two years, and the Rams clearly are on board with paying it.

                                At some point, Bradford is going to have to play like a top-shelf starter in order to get paid like one. Bradford has time on his side.
                                -09-26-2013, 07:18 PM
                              • Varg6
                                Talk mounts that Bradford won't sign a pre-draft contract
                                by Varg6
                                Talk mounts that Bradford won't sign a pre-draft contract

                                Posted by Mike Florio on March 29, 2010 7:55 PM ET
                                Amid reports that the Rams are talking to the agents for multiple players who could be the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, there's increasing chatter that, as to one of the players, there may not be much to discuss.

                                We're hearing from multiple league and media sources that Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford could refuse to sign a pre-draft contract with the Rams.

                                In the past four drafts, the only top pick not signed in advance of the commencement of the selection process was Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell. He ultimately held out into the regular season.

                                If Bradford declines to agree to terms before being picked, and if the Rams ultimately don't select him, Bradford would slide to the Redskins at No. 4, at worst. (He also could end up going second or third, if a team that needs a quarterback moves up.) Operating from the four hole, Bradford likely would then attempt to invoke the so-called "quarterback premium" in the hopes of getting more than the first overall pick, just as Matt Ryan did from the third spot two years ago.

                                If the Rams pick Bradford without a contract in place, the leverage then flips to the player, with the Rams compelled to get the guy signed in the hopes of justifying the pick and turning around a franchise that seems far longer than a decade removed from a Super Bowl win.

                                We also don't rule out the Rams picking Bradford and then attempting to trade him, like the Chargers did six years ago with Eli Manning.

                                Either way, Adam Schefter's prediction could end up being wrong -- but not because Bradford won't be regarded as the best player in the draft. The Rams could decide that they won't take Bradford if he makes it clear that he won't sign a contract.
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                                -04-15-2010, 10:09 AM
                              • Bar-bq
                                Bradford Moves His Workout To Tuesday
                                by Bar-bq
                                I was just watching Adam Schefter's interview on NFL Live and Sam Bradford has moved his workout with the Rams to The 16/4. As far As I can tell, that's Thursday your time.

                                I know there's not much weight to be placed in Schefter's opinion, but I can't find a source for this anywhere. I can only assume it's true at this point. If so, I can only see it as a good thing. It gives the Rams more time to work with Bradford in terms of negotiating a contract, or, if the workout reveals something the Rams haven't anticipated, it gives us time to pursue other options.

                                Any takers?
                                -04-12-2010, 10:00 PM
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