Would Vikings fans be interested in trade for Sam Bradford?
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This story is in response to a column from CBS Sports' NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, which opined the Rams should explore the trade market for Sam Bradford. In a subsequent radio interview, La Canfora said there may have been trade talks over Bradford between the Rams and Vikings. He said the odds remain that Bradford is the starting quarterback for the Rams this season, but not before bringing up multiple scenarios in which a trade could materialize.
(Here's a link to the interview. You can start the clip at about 2 minutes for the La Canfora interview, and 14 minutes for the question that elicits the response that involves the Vikings.)
Here's the portion of the interview germane to Vikings fans:
"There are people in the league who believe there have been discussions with the Vikings. Rams people have denied any conversations whatsoever. The bottom line is if they don't take a quarterback, then they're not trading Sam Bradford. There's so much uncertainty in this draft that it'd be difficult to put the horse before the cart or the chicken before the egg. All these things are tied together. The Rams are going to talk to a lot of teams between now and whenever their first pick is ... [and] continue to gauge the market."
"It could be something that comes together as the Rams are finalizing whatever pick they're going to make. There could be things you get done that are already on the backburner but are contingent on certain players being [available] at certain [draft slots]."
"At the end of the day, if you're making me pick odds, I'd say the odds are still that Sam Bradford is still their starting quarterback and this is yet another make-or-break year for Sam. But I'm not ruling out other contingencies falling into place, either."
Bradford signed his rookie deal before the Collective Bargaining Agreement introduced more reasonable price tags for high draft picks. Bradford has a $17,610,000 salary cap hit for 2014 and a $16,580,000 in 2015, according to Spotrac.com. He'll be an unrestricted free agent in 2016.
Given the money involved, it seems like an unlikely scenario. I'm not speculating that it would happen, but it could be a fun topic of conversation for Vikings fans.
So, Vikings fans, would you be interested in Sam Bradford? What would you be willing to give up to get him, humongous salary and all?