The 2014 quarterback draft class may have no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III level talent at first glance, but there are plenty of interesting prospects with good upside. Those teams positioned high in the draft order are now salivating over their options. Are the St Louis Rams one of those teams?
The Rams of course, do already have a starting quarterback in Sam Bradford. Bradford was the first overall pick in 2010 and has shown signs of improvement in recent years.
Bradford recorded 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions for just over 1,500 yards before he was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury in October.
The problem with Bradford is that he is awfully expensive for a quarterback with a lifetime completion percentage of under 60%. The quarterback will cost more than $17 million against the cap this coming season, not leaving a lot of room for additional improvements.
The Rams could cut Bradford leaving $7 million in dead money and draft a quarterback second overall, saving $10 million this season. Another option is to use the pick for improvements they cannot afford in free agency and carry on with Bradford as the franchise QB.
There is one other factor which could swing the Rams decision toward cutting Bradford. This injury is the quarterback's second in three years. In 2011 he missed six games with a high ankle sprain in a season where his performance was poor, despite an improved 2012, Bradford's injury hit 2013 could cause his Rams career to be ended prematurely.