The St. Louis Rams are going to be one of the more interesting teams to follow in 2014. Despite not having a roster loaded with offensive talent, the Rams were able to finish 7-9 in the NFL‘s toughest division in 2013. The 7-9 mark is made more impressive by the fact that Sam Bradford went down mid-season with a torn ACL.
Now as we get set for the 2014 offseason, rumors have started to emerge regarding Bradford’s future. The QB is still under contract for two more seasons, but according to football personality Jason La Canfora, the Rams have no intention of re-signing him to a new deal. It appears that these final two years on Bradford’s rookie contract, could become ‘prove it’ seasons.
Some are even speculating that a bad 2014 season will end Bradford’s tenure in St. Louis. He’s already earned all of his guaranteed money ($50 million), so you really have to wonder how much longer the organization will stick with him if the team doesn’t make the playoffs. Because even though they play in a tough division, that’s where the bar is going to be in 2014 — the playoffs.
With a solid draft and some smart free agency moves, there’s no reason the Rams couldn’t compete for an NFC Wild Card spot next season. The main possible reason they won’t be in that position? Another average season from Bradford. If he doesn’t take the next step as an NFL QB, the Rams are not going to take the next step as a team. It’s really that simple.
First and foremost, Rams fans will have to hope Bradford is fully healthy next season. Most expect him to be, so it’s going to be a matter of just getting it done on Sundays. That’s the only way the 26-year old QB is going to continue his career in St. Louis over the long haul.