ST. LOUIS (AP) — Coach Jeff Fisher says the St. Louis Rams are not looking to trade quarterback Sam Bradford to make room for Johnny Manziel.
Fisher and general manager Les Snead both poked fun at all the rumors leading up to the draft at a news conference Tuesday. Among them was a purported Manziel sighting in St. Louis last week — after the deadline for teams to visit with prospects.
"No, we are not shopping Sam," Fisher said, and Snead added jokingly, "We broke a lot of rules on the rumor trail."
Fisher stopped short of totally quashing the possibility of a deal involving the No. 1 pick of the 2010 draft. He added this is not the best time to put total trust in sources.
"Well, anything can happen," Fisher said. "A good question, but I think it's highly unlikely."
Fisher said the team held private workouts for 45 players at 12-15 locations, including Manziel. At Texas A&M, the Rams also worked out offensive tackle Jake Matthews and wide receiver Mike Evans, both expected to go early in the draft.
Fisher lauded Manziel's skills in rather generic terms.
"I think his production and his competitiveness and everything speaks for himself," Fisher said. "He can make all the plays, throw the football, is a great teammate and very productive player. Great for their program."
Fisher said Bradford and owner Stan Kroenke were major reasons he ended a one-year sabbatical and agreed to coach the Rams in 2012.
"Johnny was probably one of about a dozen quarterbacks we worked out over this process," Fisher said. "With respect to Sam, he's our starter."
Fisher says the Rams are confident Bradford will make a complete comeback from knee surgery that cut short his season in 2013.
But he added that "we also have a responsibility to continue to upgrade this roster," and the Rams would "do our due diligence."
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