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Sam Bradford: Will he stay or will he go?

by Jenni Carlson Published: December 14, 2008
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photo - Sam Bradford may have an NFL-ready resume, but the Sooner quarterback has yet to say whether he’ll return for another season at OU or turn pro.  PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Sam Bradford may have an NFL-ready resume, but the Sooner quarterback has yet to say whether he’ll return for another season at OU or turn pro. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN
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grade point average. He’s talked about wanting to go to law school.

Bradford understands the importance of education.

But being a smart young man, he also understands the opportunity before him. Going high in the draft. Being in the NFL. Getting paid to play football. That window will only be open so long for Bradford.

Then, there’s the whole situation with the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. The current contract is set to expire next year, and the NFL’s top brass is calling for a rookie wage scale in the next deal. They want to be able to spend their big bucks on proven veterans instead of untested rookies.

Matt Ryan, for example, signed a six-year deal with Atlanta worth $72 million after being the first quarterback drafted last spring.

His guaranteed money: $34.75 million.

If a rookie wage scale is implemented, rookie contracts could shrink by tens of millions of dollars.

This spring’s draft could be the final one with the massive contracts.

Money isn’t everything, of course, but it sure does make it easier to pay the bills.

Sam Bradford doesn’t need to think about any of that right now. Bask in the glow of an amazing season. Enjoy the Heisman Trophy.

"There’s no need in me getting caught up or involved in or worried about it,” he said of his future earlier this week.

Eventually, though, that time will come, and Bradford will have to decide what he’ll do. Will he stay? Will he go?

In the end, Bradford may only be left with one question.

Why would he stay?

Jenni Carlson: 475-3314. Jenni Carlson can be heard Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. on KEBC-AM 1340.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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