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Rams could have had RG3 and Richardson if they traded Bradford

The St. Louis Rams had their quarterback, that was there stance and they were sticking to it leading up to the 2012 draft. With Andrew Luck slated to go number one overall to the Colts, the Rams had options at number 2. Having drafted Sam Bradford first overall in 2010 draft, new Rams’ coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead wasted no time letting everyone know Sam Bradford would not be traded.

But what if they had put Bradford on the trading block and considered taking Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick? Well, SI.com’s Peter King told Erik Kuselias of NBC Sports that he believes they could have landed a high first round pick for the former number one overall in Bradford.

What team was interested enough to give up such a high pick for Bradford? You guessed it, the Cleveland Browns. NFL.com’s Chris Wesselling explains further.

The implication is that the Browns, holding the No. 4 pick and Bradford’s former play-caller in Pat Shurmur, were the team hot on his trail. Had the Rams been more open-minded on Griffin, they may have changed the course of the franchises in Cleveland and Washington as well as their own. As it is now, Fisher’s future is tied to Bradford’s performance after passing up a chance to draft the 2012 Rookie of the Year.

If the Rams had been willing to deal Bradford and the Browns had pulled the trigger on giving up the 4th pick for him, the Browns could have left the draft last April with Sam Bradford and an Alfred Morris or Doug Martin with their second first round pick.

It’s a lot of “ifs”, but one can help but wonder how different things would have been for Cleveland, if different at all.

Share your thoughts.

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  • saggy

    Sam Bradford doesn’t do it for me. He would now be a career backup if he wasn’t owed so much money. glad the browns held off. but wish the browns had RGIII

  • cmm13

    Funny, after watching RG3 in a full NFL season I am thankful we didn’t give up what was being asked for a QB likely to last 3 years in the pros.

  • mgbode

    sounds like conjecture based on conjecture from last season. Bradford is a middling starting QB. nothing more. and his contract is terrible. we are in a better place today as we can at least get out from under Weeden if we see fit to do so.

  • BisonDeleSightings

    “the Browns could have left the draft last April with Sam Bradford and an Alfred Morris or Doug Martin with their second first round pick”

    They could’ve had Alfred Morris with their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th-round pick, too…but every NFL team can say that.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    Officially the worst WFNY article/headline I have ever read. So many things are wrong with this from logical standpoint. Maybe the Rams should have drafted the best players in the draft with every pick they had. Griffin and Richardson in the 1st, Wagner in the 2nd, Wilson in the 3rd, and then the best 4th, 5th, and Alfred Morris with the 6th round pick. Whats wrong with those guys? Get it together STL

  • razorzips

    Nothing about Bradford’s contract and that it is part of the old CBA? Why are you posting about anything that P King “reports” or makes up in his head?

  • Brian_24

    Exactly. This idea was squashed before the draft cause the Rams would have taken a $14.4 million cap hit if they traded Bradford. And there was no indication that the Browns wanted trade their pick plus more for a QB with a $15.3 million dollar salary for 2012.
    King’snext article will say the Browns COULD HAVE drafted Russell Wilson.

  • gooddraftsomeday

    The Rams definitely made the wrong moves. The Browns were willing to give up even more than their first round pick for Bradford. The Browns were ripe to be fleeced, as is evidenced by the subsequent terrible moves they made. Gave up a 4th and 5th to move up one spot to take at least the 3rd best back in the draft, in a passing league. Traded up in the first round to draft Weeden ? Glad Heckert is gone.

  • Brian_24

    It remains to be seen how the Rams did. They got 3 #1 picks and a #2 for the #2 overall pick from the Redskins, then they traded down again and picked up another 2nd round pick. They will need to make better use of the picks they added than they did in lat year’s draft.

  • Lucas Vaas

    as a browns fan my life is full of these “if” moments LT, Mcnaab,now this ……there will be more next year i’m sure!

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.derechinsky Scott Derechinsky

    This is the stupidest article I have ever read. One of the main reasons Jeff Fisher chose the Rams is because of Sam Bradford. Why would he trade him away? STUPID. The Rams got the better of that deal hands down. Without those first Round picks from the Skin we wouldn’t have Tavon Austin. AND we have another first rounder from the Skins next year. Sam Bradford has never had the same OC in his career. He’s never had a good O-Line in his career. He’s never had weapons in his career. He will have all of those things this year and will show why he was the #1 overall pick. Sam becomes one of the Elite this year. Guaranteed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.derechinsky Scott Derechinsky

    Sam Bradford will become one of the Elite QB’s this year. Weeden will be nothing more than a back up his entire career.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.derechinsky Scott Derechinsky

    No they couldn’t, because Jeff Fisher was NEVER going to trade Sam. He came to the Rams mainly because of Sam. You don’t trade away the player who helped you choose which team to take over. Duh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.derechinsky Scott Derechinsky

    The Rams are about to cause havoc in the NFL. There’s a Perfect Storm brewing in the Dome.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.derechinsky Scott Derechinsky

    Once again, Fisher was NEVER going to trade Sam. Keep on dreaming.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.derechinsky Scott Derechinsky

    The Rams had an awesome Draft last year. Brockers, Janoris Jenkins, Chris Givens ….This year’s Draft was even better. Tavon Austin, Alec Ogletree, Stedman Bailey, Barrett Jones ….The Rams are on the Rise.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.derechinsky Scott Derechinsky

    This is the stupidest article I have ever read. One of the main reasons Jeff Fisher chose the Rams is because of Sam Bradford. Why would he trade him away? STUPID. The Rams got the better of that deal hands down. Without those first Round picks from the Skin we wouldn’t have Tavon Austin. AND we have another first rounder from the Skins next year. Sam Bradford has never had the same OC in his career. He’s never had a good O-Line in his career. He’s never had weapons in his career. He will have all of those things this year and will show why he was the #1 overall pick. Sam becomes one of the Elite this year. Guarantee

  • saggy

    Don’t do it, bode.

  • mgbode

    :)

    I did see the 7 comments on the greatness of the present Rams. I think it’s best to leave Scott on the 3month old thread and allow him to believe in Bradford being the next great QB. I see a shadow being cast across his soul about halfway through the season as he comes to the realization of who Sam really is.