Oct 20, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) is taken off the field on a cart in the fourth quarter. The Carolina Panthers defeated the St. Louis Rams 30-15 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Rumor Has Rams Trading Sam Bradford to Vikings


Over the weekend we began hearing murmurs and whispers and rumblings about a huge trade shaking up the top of the draft, a trade that involved the quarterback position.

Such a vague rumor is hard to do much with. But now another layer has been added to the rumor that brings it into clearer focus. And if this rumor has any truth, it would mean a huge shake up for the Vikings.

The rumor, tweeted by St. Louis radio host Tim McKernan but attributed to Jason La Canfora, has the Vikings discussing a trade with the St. Louis Rams that would bring Sam Bradford to Minnesota.

Sam Bradford has been mentioned a lot in trade speculation in St. Louis, with the Rams believed to be looking at QBs with their #2 overall pick. The 2010 #1 overall pick, Bradford has been a disappointment in St. Louis largely due to injury, and would be a free agent after the 2015 season.

The first issue with this trade scenario is Bradford’s $14 million salary for 2014. Any trade would have to be contingent upon Bradford re-negotiating his contract, clearly, since the Vikings don’t even have $14 million in cap room.

And what exactly would the Vikings be giving up to make this deal happen? Would it involve the Vikings and Rams swapping first round picks, with the Vikings moving down from 8 to 13 and probably having to throw in another pick farther back in the draft?

There are so many things about this rumor that don’t make sense on the face of it. At the same time, you can’t entirely discount the possibility of it happening.

We know the Vikings are desperate to land a franchise QB. We know, or at least suspect, that Rick Spielman has been put under a bit of pressure by owner Zygi Wilf to get the QB situation fixed.

Drafting a QB like Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles might not look like a quick enough fix for Spielman, if he is indeed under the gun. Last year he felt enough pressure to bring in Josh Freeman hoping Freeman would give the team a spark.

Bradford has his issues like Freeman, but Spielman might believe that a Bradford-Cassel training camp competition gives him a better chance to improve the offense in the short term, thereby saving his job for the long term, than drafting a QB who might need a year to develop.

Even taking Spielman’s pressurized situation into account, it seems like a stretch to think that the Vikings would be trying to deal with St. Louis for a quarterback who has that much money owed to him, and has that many question marks hanging over his head.

It only makes a small amount of sense if the deal can be done without the Vikings having to trade out of the first round. Is it still worth it if they have to throw in a second or third round pick?

Well, if they were planning to take a QB in the second or third round anyway, maybe…

Crazy scenario, but not 100% unthinkable. We’ll see how it plays out. It’s getting hot in herrre, as a famous St. Louis resident once said.

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  • Daniel Laxen

    There’s NO WAY with that salary! Nearly 11 million dead money from the Rams, $17.6 next, and $16.5 the following year would be suicide on Spielman’s part especially when the guy can’t stay healthy!

  • Paul Engleson

    What a stupid idea for a trade the Vikings to bring in another has been QB

  • Turdd Ferguson

    I’ve honestly never seen any film on this guy, probably because he can’t stay on the field. That salary number would have to go down a significant chunk before that would be worth considering. I’d be bummed though, that would kill my dream of Vikings drafting Mettenberger.

    • Bobby Gedde

      I agree. My gut is telling me they want Blake Bortles

      • Stryker

        Bobby, your gut and my gut think alike.

  • Jake

    Ridiculous. The only thing this rumor is good for is masking Spielman’s true intentions. This is more smokescreen BS.

  • Topdollar

    That would be such a dumb move. Get the LSU QB in the second round and build from there.

    • Bobby Gedde

      Yahoo! Is reporting that Mettenberger is onevof ten players failed their drug test at the Combine

      • David Mallow

        he failed his drug test because he was over hydrated from his rehab for the ACL..his trainer and drs have the paperwork fir the NFL to sign off on..he will be retested and if he passes it will be dropped… that’s according to NBC Sports

      • Topdollar

        Drug test issue was caused by meds taken while rehabbing knee. Doubt it’s a problem for NFL scouts.

  • shawn

    Did you think this one over? Why would the Vikings give up more draft picks after swaping 1st round picks? Taking Bradford and his outrageous contract off the payroll is compensation enough. And has anyone ruled out Ponder in the deal? I mean Swaping 1st round picks and then Bradford for Ponder seems more realistic.

  • kyle

    Some of you are missing a few key compnets here. Bradford has been hurt twice since 2010, recently tearing his ACL in week 7. His receiving core isn’t even close to what Minnesota has to offer (4 deep including Rudolph) and a solid O-line (minus Johnson) that he never had in St. Louis. Yes, he’s had no more than a 60% completion percentage, but how much of that is related to his receivers dropping catchable passes? How much of that is related to his best receiver now plays for New England? If we swap 8 for 13, throw in our late 3rd and they send us a couple mid-round picks while eating most of his salary cap this year (I could see Spiel man asking him to re-negotiate his contract), this might work out better than you think.

  • Gordon Guffey

    No ~ He is more injured than Ponder ~ No thanks ~ He would make a great backup ~ However

    Now if the Vikings were willing to upgrade the middle of the OL then maybe but I still wouldn’t give up any more than the 3rd the Vikings got from the Seahawks ~ Bradford need above avg. protection just as Ponder would if Norv could pull some hidden talent out of him and he became a good starting NFL QB ~ Yeah the chances are low but one never knows what the first good coaching he has had might do for him ~ He is still young just like Bradford ~

    The Vikings would have to be willing to invest in upgrading the middle of the OL ~ Just like with who ever starts for the Vikings that would not be a bad idea ~ Be it Bradford~Cassel~Ponder or some rookie ~ I know the Vikings need to upgrade the defense but the middle of the OL should be just as important ~ Not only for the QB but for AP as well ~

    I keep hearing fans say that they can find OG’s in the later rounds ~ If AP was young maybe ~ If the Vikings had Luck maybe ~ But thats not the case ~ AP is 29 and has missed time and had to go under the knife the last 3 offseasons ~ None of the QB’s on the roster are Luck not even Bradford ~ I’m one of the few fans who believe improving the OL is just as important as the defense ~

    It would be nice if the Vikings could pull of a draft that would improve both the OL and the defense ~ If that were to be the case I wouldn’t be upset if the Vikings sent the 3rd from he Seahawks to the Rams for Bradford ~ Otherwise I give it a big NO ~