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  • Sam Bradford is looking good.... real good

    im convinced now you have to give a QB at least 3-4 years to catch on. Sam is looking a super star.

  • #2
    Its hard to blame the Rams for giving up on Bradford when they did, considering he was being paid elite money while sitting out two consecutive seasons with torn ACLs. I hope he finds success elsewhere, but I'm not going to second guess that decision.

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    • #3
      Bradford is a talented player but I've always been uneasy about his durability. Guy had multiple injury issues in college and was coming off a significant one prior to being drafted. He continued to have injury issues for the Rams, and is now on his third team. I'm glad he's found some success, but I don't know if any team can ever count on him to stay healthy over a long period of time.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Nick View Post
        Bradford is a talented player but I've always been uneasy about his durability. Guy had multiple injury issues in college and was coming off a significant one prior to being drafted. He continued to have injury issues for the Rams, and is now on his third team. I'm glad he's found some success, but I don't know if any team can ever count on him to stay healthy over a long period of time.
        Wellp Nick like the guy who jumped out of the 20 story building at floor 10 you could hear him saying so far so good... Sams health is a concern to me as well seeing him playing well is something most of us were not sure would ever happen for him after he left the Rams... Hoping he continues and has another successful and healthy season as I am a fan of his!

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        • #5
          Bradford is limited in practice this week with a knee issue.............

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          • #6
            I agree with those that said the Rams could not take the risk of injury with Bradford any longer. Bradford has played very good last year and was off to a great start this year. Now he will mess week three and is seeking a second opinion on his knee, not good. I do think it's crazy how rookie and young players are compared to 10 year vets that have far more knowledge about the schemes they are in and reading defense ect.

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            • #7
              Doesnt look like the vikings need sammy anyway given the way Case Keenum played today

              ramming speed to all

              general counsel

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              • #8
                Originally posted by general counsel View Post
                Doesnt look like the vikings need sammy anyway given the way Case Keenum played today

                ramming speed to all

                general counsel
                Glad to see Case play well - he seemed like a good guy.

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                • #9
                  He’s active and back tonight but he shouldn’t be. Just looks awful. Last sack he “took” of the first half was pretty phantomy. Awful body language.

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, so about that health...

                    How being placed on IR affects future of Sam Bradford as pending free agent
                    Nov 8, 2017
                    Courtney Cronin
                    ESPN Staff Writer

                    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – The news Sam Bradford received Wednesday -- his 30th birthday, no less -- delivered a major blow to the veteran quarterback’s chances of landing a long-term deal.

                    Bradford was placed on injured reserve by the Minnesota Vikings in order to create a spot on the 53-man roster for Teddy Bridgewater, who was activated off the physically unable to perform list. Since leading the Vikings to a season-opening win over the Saints where he also suffered a noncontact injury, Bradford has faced ongoing problems with his left knee.

                    Over the past three months, the quarterback has dug into his own pockets to conduct an exhaustive search for an answer to his knee problems, making repeat visits to orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews, undergoing Regenokine treatments and trying out an arthroscopic procedure on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

                    The “good news” he received each time had to be frustrating. While there’s apparently no joint or structural damage, the inflammation has caused Bradford chronic pain.

                    Bradford was told by those who treated him that this was not expected to be a long-term issue. That’s the belief the Vikings said they had, too, until Wednesday.

                    "We all did, but it didn't happen," coach Mike Zimmer said. "Nothing really changed, it just didn't get better."

                    The veteran quarterback, who came to the Vikings via a trade in September 2016 after Bridgewater went down with a catastrophic knee injury, will hit the market in 2018 as an unrestricted free agent. This season was supposed to help him secure a megadeal with Minnesota or elsewhere.

                    Instead, the move to IR could cost him millions.

                    The 2017 season was Bradford’s chance to put up big numbers after spending a full offseason versed in Pat Shurmur’s system and lead the team on a playoff run. Doing that could have earned him his next big deal – aka Derek Carr and Matthew Stafford money – as evidenced by how many NFL teams are desperate for a solid starting quarterback.

                    Bradford, who is making $18 million from the Vikings this season between his $14 million base salary and $4 million roster bonus, could have been looking at a multiple-year deal worth over $100 million.

                    Now? Well, needless to say, Bradford probably doesn’t want to do much in the way of celebrating this crushing reality. But let’s keep things in perspective for a second.

                    Bradford has made $114 million over his eight years in the NFL. He could decide to retire now or take next season off and live comfortably.

                    The former top pick in the 2010 NFL draft (the year before the present CBA locked rookies in on a pay scale) made $65 million with the Rams over five seasons where he dealt with injuries to that same left knee that caused him to miss considerable time, including the entire 2014 season.

                    After being traded to the Eagles in 2015 and producing so-so results that year, Philadelphia re-upped his deal for $18 million guaranteed in 2016. He was then traded to the Vikings for first- and fourth-round picks when Minnesota desperately needed a quarterback.

                    We don’t need to go through the entirety of Bradford’s contract history, so in sum, the veteran quarterback made $24 million from the Eagles and will end 2017 making $25 million from the Vikings.

                    There’s a miracle scenario out there that could keep things in line for Bradford. He’s eligible to come off IR after eight weeks, which would be the first week of the playoffs. If Minnesota makes the postseason, he’s healthy and the Vikings aren’t getting what they need out of Bridgewater, maybe Bradford shocks the world, leads the team to the Super Bowl and secures his dream-come-true deal.

                    Maybe there’s a .001 percent chance that happens, but even still, future teams are going to have pause over handing out a big contract because there’s so much uncertainty over whether his knee is going to continue to be a problem.

                    In all likelihood, Bradford’s future will consist of shorter, possible one-year deals for a reduced price. A look around the league’s quarterback situations could put him in a place like Washington or Miami next season. Maybe Cleveland or another team that drafts a quarterback could sign him to compete with their younger player for a spot.

                    Is the Bradford era in Minnesota over before it ever really got started? Possibly. Bridgewater just so happens to be a free agent in 2018 as well. If the Vikings aren’t confident that he’s their guy for the long-term, Bradford could be back next year, albeit for a reduced price and shorter duration. He won't get the franchise tag that was being thrown around in discussions several months ago.

                    Minnesota wasn’t ready to pull the trigger on a big extension with Bradford before the season started, and the other 31 teams in the NFL won’t likely be eager to do the same going forward.

                    This was supposed to be a year of leverage for Bradford; a chance to get another favorable extension that would increase his net worth among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league.

                    What this season instead revealed was an injury issue that he could no longer outrun and may cost him his next big payday.
                    I feel sorry for Bradford, but I feel like the writing was on the wall for him. He had trouble staying healthy in college and it followed him into the pros. If he continues to play - and I kind of agree with the article that he's made enough that he could retire, could see him doing college broadcast work to be honest - I think he's going to be more of that Ryan Fitzpatrick type of QB. Someone who can start and not blow it for you in a pinch but not someone you can ever count on for more than that.

                    Speaking of Bradford, it doesn't sound like new Whiners QB Jimmy Garoppolo has much respect for Sam's gameday style...

                    Jimmy Garoppolo landed with the ***** on Monday. When Sunday’s game against the Cardinals rolled around, he hadn’t been with the ***** long enough to get a jersey that fits him properly.

                    “I’ve got a Sam Bradford look going on right here,” Garoppolo said.

                    Garoppolo’s new head coach, Kyle Shanahan, was mic’d up for the game. He had some thoughts on Garoppolo’s game day look.

                    “You look good in that uniform, man. Glad to have you out here today,” Shanahan says to his new quarterback.

                    But Garoppolo isn’t happy with his sloppy sleeves.

                    “I’ve got to get the sleeves shortened up a little bit,” he says.

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                    • #11
                      I really can't say I feel sorry for Sam. He knew the RAMS were forced to over pay for his rookie deal, but refused to renegotiate so the RAMS could sign other players, as well as some protection for him, with everyone knowing he hadn't lived up to his rookie contract. Then he goes to the iggles and has a pout-fest when they drafted Wentz.

                      To me, this has KARMA written all over it.


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