The St. Louis Rams and 1st overall pick Sam Bradford have reached an agreement of six-year, $78 million contract with with $50 million in guaranteed money (NFL Record for guaranteed money). Sam Bradford reached the agreement with the Rams Friday night. They concluded negotiations in time for the first full-squad workout set for Saturday.
Bradford is the centerpiece of a rebuilding effort for the Rams. The Rams finished the season 1-15, one of the worst in NFL history. The Rams at QB have been inconsistent sense Kurt Warner was let go. Bradford could most likely the starting QB at the start of the season with no other QB's that have much potential.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 pick last year, got $41.7 million in guaranteed money on a six-year, $72 million deal with the Lions last year. Bradford's agents, Tom Condon and Ben Dogra of St. Louis, also represent Rams offensive tackle Jason Smith and last year Smith also signed just in time for the first full-squad workout. Smith was the second overall pick in 2009 and got a five-year, $62 million deal with $33 million in guaranteed money.
Bradford missed much of last season due to shoulder injury. The Rams still took Bradford even with not much playing time last season. Bradford attended the team's mandatory minicamp last month as well as a rookie minicamp after the draft. Bradford will be able to attend all of the Rams camp and won't miss much time at all.
I expect the Rams will have Bradford as the starter when they open the season on Sunday, September 12 at home against the Arizona Cardinals. With RB Steven Jackson behind him he shouldn't have any problems getting the ball into passing situations seeing how this will be a run first team until Bradford proves he is capable of handling it, which may or may not happen this season.