Sports gambling news from St. Louis confirmed that Bradford signed a deal worth over $75 million as the rookie is expected to be the 2010 starting quarterback for the online sports gambling opener.
Bradford is guaranteed $50 million regardless of what happens but the Rams have made a sizeable investment in the former Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma. Bradford is to become the new face and future of a downtrodden franchise that has been for sale for two years and coming off a 1-15 straight up season last year.
The pressure on Bradford will be immense due to the big haul from the bank but also because of what he means to the Rams. If Bradford comes through he can stabilize the Rams future in St. Louis and win back the trust of a community that has become disgusted with the organization and its incompetence in recent years.
If Bradford fails it could become the ruin of the franchise in St. Louis. The Rams are asking for a new stadium in a bad economy after playing in the Edward Jones Dome for just 15 seasons. The Dome was built for the Rams and yet became obsolete in less than a decade.
AJ Feeley is still listed as the starting quarterback for the initial stages of the football betting season but nobody takes that serious for the long term and Bradford will see action just as soon as the Rams are comfortable that he has a basic knowledge of assignments and their system.
Bradford, for his part, wants to focus on his job and not the money. The Rams are long shots with the NFL preseason odds and need him at full capacity.
“If you start worrying about all those other things, then it can really affect your performance,” said Bradford. “I have very high expectations for myself and this team, and I think that’s what’s going to drive me to succeed.
Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo was relieve that the contract hassle was over. After hugging Rams contract man Kevin Demoff he simply said, “I’ll take it from here.”
There are many sports gambling handicappers that question the sanity of such a huge rookie contract. Only time will tell if it was all worth it.