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February 18, 2015 at 11:32 AM

NFC West Watch — Rams say they are committed to QB Sam Bradford

In the fun kind of thing that sometimes happens at the NFL Combine, while St. Louis Rams’ general manager Les Snead was at a podium talking to the media, a report broke that the team has given permission to quarterback Sam Bradford to seek a trade.

Snead had just finished saying that the team remains committed to Bradford, despite the fact he has battled injuries that have caused him to miss 31 games the last three seasons, including all of last year with an ACL tear.

Snead then reiterated that commitment when asked specifically about the report of Bradford being allowed to seek a trade, saying “deleting him is not the answer.”

The rumors arise in part because Bradford has a monster salary for next season, a base of $12.9 million and a cap hit of $16.5 million, the last year on a deal signed as a rookie in 2010, the last year before the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement capped rookie salaries.

Jason La Confora further reported today that the most likely option is a restructured deal with the Rams.

Snead said that while the team remains committed to Bradford and thinks he will be healthy for the 2015 season that they also want to “insure the position,” hinting at making a move to not get caught short-handed if something happens to Bradford again this year.

“Let’s don’t delete him,” Snead said. “But let’s provide insurance in case we have more bad luck.”

Bradford’s injury situation has helped stall the progress of a Rams’ team that has gone 7-8-1, 7-9 and 6-10 the last three seasons despite boasting a defensive front seven that is the envy of most NFL teams and a number of high picks all over the roster.

“Being close or almost over the top, no one’s satisfied with that,” Snead said.

This is a particularly tense time in St. Louis with lots of rumblings that the team may seek to move back to Los Angeles in 2016 — it’s too late for a move in 2015.

Snead said he didn’t think that would be a distraction this season, saying the NFL is a year-to-year business and everyone is focused on 2015. He also said he doesn’t think it will be an impediment in signing free agents.

“I think it’s probably always been the era of ‘most money wins and if it’s close, who’s the coach?”’ Snead said. “From a free agent’s standpoint, it usually comes down to dollars.” One might also wonder if a possible move to Los Angeles might almost be more enticing to some free agents. But as Snead notes, it usually comes down to dollars.

 

 

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