The 2014 NFL Draft rumors just won’t quite. Nor should they, really, with the NFL’s biggest yearly event just days away. However, for the sake of the hearts of St. Louis Rams fans, let’s hope this latest rumor doesn’t get too out of control. Then again, perhaps some will hope it does.
Per the Turf Show Times, “people in the league” believe the Rams and Minnesota Vikings have been in discussions about a potential trade that would send veteran quarterback Sam Bradford to Minnesota.
While the Rams have refuted anything involving anything less than a full backing of Bradford, it certainly makes sense for the Vikings. Minnesota has made it publicly known that they’d prefer not to spend their eighth overall draft pick on a quarterback, while trading a later pick for a proven passer with upside like Bradford could be the route they’ve preferred, all along.
On the Rams side of things, their current regime could be fed up with their star quarterback constantly being hurt and failing to take his game (and the team) to the next level. With the second pick in the draft, they could have their sights on a change of direction, which could take life in the form of Texas A&M product Johnny Manziel stepping onto the turf, full-time.
Bradford is currently arguably the league’s most overpaid player, owed an astonishing $14.015 salary. Cutting ties with Bradford via trade or release would help St. Louis financially, while freeing them up to draft a high level quarterback prospect like Manziel without worrying about negative feedback.
In fact, the Rams recently took a trip to College Station, a visit in which ESPN‘s Chris Mortensen suggests Manziel was “the focal point” of.
It remains to be seen if these rumors carry any weight or if it’s just another pre-draft smokescreen. Stay tuned.
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