If the Rams are bent on taking QB Sam Bradford with the first overall pick in the draft on Thursday, it does not look like they will get him inked before they make the announcement Thursday evening. ESPN is reporting that the Rams will move forward with the first overall pick, but won’t have Bradford or whoever is the pick inked to a deal:
The No. 1 pick in the NFL draft will not be signed before Thursday’s first round, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday. The St. Louis Rams and expected top pick, quarterback Sam Bradford, will not have a contract in place before the draft.
The Rams don’t think they need to have the player signed and Bradford has been hesitant to complete a deal.
The contract for the No. 1 overall pick will likely be staggering. Bradford’s contract is expected to pay him an average of $13 million a season with roughly $50 million in guaranteed money. These figures are based on the past two drafts, when quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford went No.1 overall.
In this day and age of holdouts, it’s taking a pretty big chance not having that player under contract, but the Rams don’t seem to be overly concerned about it, and seem to be ready to make the pick thinking that player will be in on day one of training camp.