Could the Rams’ Ownership Turmoil Re-Write the Script of the 2010 Draft?

April 13, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

People sometimes forget the Rams are a small market team, with cash-flow problems, in the middle of a franchise sale, the middle of the Great Recession.  There are also persistent rumors that they may be moving to a facility in Industry California, but we won't touch on this touchy subject.  We should think about this before we predict their choice in the 2010 draft.
Rumor has it that Tom Condon, Sam Bradford's agent, may well ask for a 20 percent premium over the contract signed by Matt Stafford just one year ago.  Under Condon's guidance, Stafford signed a record breaking $72 million contract, with $41.7 million guaranteed.  A simple 20 percent increase would put Sam Bradford at $86.4 million with $50 million guaranteed over six years.  The value could be reduced to $43.2 million with $25 million guaranteed by shortening the term to three years, but many teams do not favor a shorter contract for high first round picks.
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