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Rams could release Sam Bradford with no financial constraints

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Sam Bradford has 59 TDs and 38 INTs in four seasons with the Rams. (USATSI)

Sam Bradford has 59 TDs and 38 INTs in four seasons with the Rams. (USATSI)

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The Rams could be facing a crucial dilemma this offseason with Sam Bradford, the first-overall pick in 2010, coming off another injury and the team now possibly ending up with two top 10 picks. That’s including what may be the first-overall via the RGII trade they made with Washington in 2012 (St. Louis has the Redskins’ top pick).

Several NFL execs, when assessing that situation, believe it could lead to Bradford’s departure, while team sources have indicated the organization remains very comfortable with Bradford and while “all options would be on the table” if St. Louis has the top pick, the likelihood of drafting a quarterback is more remote than most other scenarios. The dream scenario for the Rams would be other teams coveting that pick -- as the Skins did with St. Louis’ second-overall selection in 2012 -- and then offering a bounty to trade down and pick up a bunch of selections, able to fill multiple holes.

The Rams will do their due diligence on the college quarterbacks, of course, but drafting a quarterback when considering their other needs is not very likely, sources said. There could well be a tackle who makes sense if they keep the pick, but the team will explore options for trading it as well, and that approach has been favored by them with good results to this point.

Even if the Rams don’t get the first overall pick -- let’s say it’s second overall -- and it ends up there are two consensus best-of-breed quarterbacks, they could find themselves in a similar situation to where they were in 2012. There are no shortage of teams who will be drafting quarterbacks -- Houston, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Oakland, and Minnesota will be taking one high -- and only so many of them will end up picking before the Rams.

However, it is also not lost on the organization that the Rams no longer owe Bradford any guaranteed money, having paid him $50 million already, and they owe him $14M for 2014 and $13M for 2015. And a quarterback taken with the first overall pick in 2014 would earn roughly that same $27M over the first five years of his deal. Still, dealing or cutting Bradford is very unlikely.

Although it must be noted that the Rams have been publicly united in their support of Bradford.

Last week the Rams restructured the deal of Chris Long to free up some cap room.

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