NFL Trade Machine: Sam Bradford To Buffalo


Aug 23, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) warms up before the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

One thing is for sure — The NFL trade heat is beginning to intensify regarding quarterback Sam Bradford.  Despite two ACL injuries in a two-year span, the former #1 overall pick of the St. Louis Rams might instantly become by far the best option in a weak quarterback market.

He’s 27-years old and has played reasonably well when healthy.  The Rams have insisted publicly they’d like to work things out with him but his hefty contract number ($16.58 million) is creating a problem that won’t easily be fixed.  That is why the trade rumors have begun.

Bradford has already been connected to the Cleveland Browns and rumors came out recently that the Buffalo Bills were getting into the fray.  However, multiple sources have indicated those whisperings are false.

At least for now…

Keep in mind what the Bills are looking at.  E.J. Manuel is the best quarterback they have at the moment and he was benched in favor of Kyle Orton, who was brought off the street to start right away and retired after the season ended.

Even worse, they have no 1st round pick to use nor a strong free agent class to pick from.  To put it bluntly, they are stuck with Manuel unless they either take their chances on a 2nd rounder in the 2015 NFL Draft or execute a trade.

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Sam Bradford would be at the top of the list given his age-experience combination.  As with other rumors and ideas, it all comes down to what both teams want.

Rex Ryan understands better than anybody that he’ll never be able to elevate the Bills any higher than he managed with the Jets unless he’s able to find stability at quarterback.

Don’t be surprised if this one is heavily thought about.