There has been speculation that the St. Louis Rams might finally have had enough of oft-injured quarterback Sam Bradford. While there is almost no chance the team will select a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, and cut Bradford, there is also zero chance they’ll give him a contract extension.
Jason La Canfora claims the Rams have “absolutely no intention” of extending Bradford, but they have to decide what to do with him since he’s already received all the guaranteed money on his contract. On top of that, the former No. 1 overall pick is owed $27 million over the next two years.
After a solid rookie season in 2010, Bradford regressed significantly in 2011. He completed just 53.5 percent of his passes (after completing 60.0 percent as a rookie) and had just six touchdown passes and six interceptions. He missed also missed six games thanks to a high ankle sprain.
In 2012 he bounced back a bit, playing in all 16 games while completing 59.5 percent of his passes and throwing for 3,702 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. But in 2013 Bradford played in just seven games and missed the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The Oklahoma product was having his best season statistically before the injury.
But what Bradford hasn’t established in his first four NFL seasons is whether or not he can be a consistent contributor. Is he really a guy the team can rely on long-term? He might very well be, but nothing in his career thus far can be pointed to as proof of that.
At this point it’s clear the Rams agree with that assessment and aren’t willing to commit to him for the long haul.