Monday, February 17, 2014

St. Louis May Extend Sam Bradford's Contract If He's Willing to Take Less Money

Sam Bradford blew out his knee in Week 7, ending his season. Oh, and more to the point, the Rams own two first-round picks (including No. 2 overall) in a draft with several intriguing QBs and Bradford’s set to cost more than $17 million against the ’14 cap. So what’s a team to do?

One option potentially on the table is a contract extension to alleviate some of that cap hit. Bradford has two years and $27 million remaining on his current deal. CBSSports’ Jason La Canfora says that the Rams “are open” to adding years to Bradford’s contract in exchange for reducing the massive cost for 2014. (La Canfora concedes, though, that a longer deal would “surprise” many.) Such a move likely would be similar to the reworked deal Baltimore and Terrell Suggs agreed upon Monday, which runs through 2018 – Suggs reduced his 2014 cost by $4 million in exchange for $16 million in guaranteed money over the next couple of seasons.

Simply cutting Bradford would leave $7.2 million in dead money on the Rams’ books spread over the next two seasons, but it would save them more than $10.4 million this season. (

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