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Sam Bradford aftermath

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:33 pm •  Published: March 30, 2010
The center of the sports world Monday resided in Norman, Okla., where former OU quarterback Sam Bradford dazzled NFL personnel by completing 62 of 63 passes during his debut workout that received rave reviews across the board.

Among the most interesting tidbits to come out of the workout was this from ProFootballTalk.com:

We’re hearing from multiple league and media sources that Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford could refuse to sign a pre-draft contract with the Rams.

In the past four drafts, the only top pick not signed in advance of the commencement of the selection process was Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell. He ultimately held out into the regular season.

If Bradford declines to agree to terms before being picked, and if the Rams ultimately don’t select him, Bradford would slide to the Redskins at No. 4, at worst. (He also could end up going second or third, if a team that needs a quarterback moves up.) Operating from the four hole, Bradford likely would then attempt to invoke the so-called “quarterback premium” in the hopes of getting more than the first overall pick, just as Matt Ryan did from the third spot two years ago.

If the Rams pick Bradford without a contract in place, the leverage then flips to the player, with the Rams compelled to get the guy signed in the hopes of justifying the pick and turning around a franchise that seems far longer than a decade removed from a Super Bowl win.

We also don’t rule out the Rams picking Bradford and then attempting to trade him, like the Chargers did six years ago with Eli Manning.

The Washington Post, among other newspapers, had a similar report: In this year’s draft, could Sam Bradford be the new Eli Manning?

After Bradford knocked his workout out of the park Monday, negotiations between the Rams and Bradford’s agent, Tom Condon, will be something to watch over the next few weeks.

Below, everything else you could possibly want to read about Bradford’s big day:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Bradford’s pro day: 63 passes, one hit ground

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Bradford would be a player, not a savior

Sports Illustrated: One respected talent evaluator can imagine Bradford with Redskins

Philadelphia Inquirer: Bradford workout could advance pick by Rams

Washington Post: The Redskins, Shanahans and Sam Bradford might be an ideal combo

Washington Post: Bradford looks like near-certain top pick

Washington Post: Sam Bradford impresses

Oklahoma Daily: Bradford impresses scouts at pro day

Dallas Morning News: Can Sam Bradford be another Troy Aikman?

ESPN: Source: Rams await Bradford workout

ESPN: Drafting DTs is risky proposition

New York Times: Bradford Awes Observers in Pro Day Workout

Detroit Free-Press: Sam Bradford’s workout increases Lions’ chances of landing Ndamukong Suh

Northeastern Sports Network: Sam Bradford Touted as Next Troy Aikman or Eli Manning After Pro Day Performance

Seattle Times: Pete Carroll on Sam Bradford’s pro day: ‘He lit it up.’

AP: Ex-Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford shows passing accuracy during a workout for NFL teams

Cleveland Plain-Dealer: Cleveland Browns will spend extra pre-draft time with QBs Sam Bradford

-JT

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