According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the St. Louis Rams currently have “no intentions” of offering quarterback Sam Bradford a contract extension this offseason.
There had been reports just a few weeks ago that the Rams were very confident in their future with Bradford at quarterback and were considering an extension offer, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Bradford is coming off off a torn ACL, which could be what is hurting his chances for a new deal.
Bradford played in just seven games last season with the Rams, throwing for 1,687 yards and 14 touchdowns. He only threw four interceptions, which showed a major upgrade in his decision making ability and accuracy. There is no question that Bradford has the potential to be something special, but he has to continue to work on his arm strength and accuracy to reach his full potential.
The Rams don’t intend to extend him this offseason, but that doesn’t mean that he is not the guy that they want their franchise to build around for the future. More than likely, they are nervous that his knee injury could make an impact on his play, and would rather wait to commit long-term until they see him back in action.
St. Louis has the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft this season, and we will get a much better sense of how they feel about Bradford depending on who they select. If they don’t take one of the very talented quarterbacks in the draft, it will be obvious that they are comfortable with him being in town long-term. If they do take a quarterback, then obviously his tenure is very close to an end with the Rams.