Tag:St. Louis Rams
Posted on: July 16, 2010 3:57 pm

When will Sam Bradford sign?

With only a few weeks before training camps open, none of the first-round picks from the 2010 NFL Draft have signed. So, we look to No. 1 Sam Bradford and see the progress that’s been made between him and the Rams.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch , a deal isn’t expected soon.

It’s expected that Bradford could receive a contract that could pay him as much as $50 million in guaranteed money. You’ll recall that last year’s No. 1 pick, Matthew Stafford, received nearly $42 million in guaranteed money.

--Josh Katzowitz
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Posted on: July 15, 2010 3:52 pm

Bulger happy to have a new home

M. Bulger takes a pounding from Washington (Getty) When QB Marc Bulger spoke Thursday about his last three years in St. Louis, a weariness crept into his voice. Like he couldn’t believe what he went through as he quarterbacked the Rams to a 5-30 record as the starter from 2007-09.

Of course, Bulger – who signed with the Ravens last month, passed his physical this week and spoke with reporters on a conference call today – is a two-time Pro Bowler who’s thrown for nearly 23,000 yards and 122 touchdowns in his eight-year career. The fact St. Louis was so terrible with him as the quarterback these past three years obviously weighs heavy on his soul.

“I’m interested in football again,” Bulger said. “The last three years, they’ve been difficult out here. It just seemed like it was a job. We won five games here in the last three years, and it affects the whole building. To get a new atmosphere where you’re talking about trying to win a Super Bowl is exciting.”

Bulger is under no illusions. He knows Joe Flacco is the entrenched starting QB in Baltimore. He’ll wait to see how much advice Flacco might want from his new backup, but Bulger doesn’t see a problem with his new role.

“I’ve been starting for seven-plus years,” Bulger said. “It will be different role. It was clear to me up front that it would be my role there. Throughout this whole process, I was talking to teams where there were chances to be a starter and others where I had a chance to compete and obviously here as a backup. I understand that I’m coming in here as that, and however capacity I can help, I’ll do it.”

As long as he can help the Ravens, he’ll be pleased.

“Part of me wants to be a starter obviously. But if we’re winning games and if we’re headed to the playoffs, I’ll be just as happy as if I was the starter. Going through the last three years, it’s something I’ve never experienced. I’m upset I was a part of it. I just want to win games.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 14, 2010 11:22 am

Sam Bradford's contract negotiations

Pro Football Talk is reporting that Sam Bradford’s representatives are scheduled to meet with Rams officials later this week. Last week, Bradford told Dan Patrick that contract negotiations had not yet commenced.

None of the 32 first-round draft picks have signed yet. The Rams claim they did not talk contract with Bradford prior to the draft (which is somewhat unusual). Speculation is Bradford could haul in $50 million guaranteed.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 10:50 am
Edited on: July 7, 2010 10:51 am

Symposium was a big hit with Gilyard

M. Gilyard at the NFL combine (Getty) Coming off last week’s mandatory NFL rookie symposium, I caught up with Rams fourth-round pick, WR Mardy Gilyard. I wanted to know what it was like to take part in the mandatory event, whether the rookies actually learned anything or whether they spent their time sleeping through the lectures and discussions.

I simply wanted to know if the symposium had an impact, especially when you consider that some estimates say that 75 percent of NFL players are broke 3-5 years after they retire (you can argue that this percentage is astronomical, but even if it’s 50 percent or if it’s 35 percent, that’s not so good either).

According to Gilyard, the symposium was very helpful indeed.

“Everybody was at the edge of their seat,” he told me last week. “That was what I liked about it. I thought we were going to get a lecture and that it was going to be a long, boring deal. But we were involved, and we enjoyed ourselves. It was all gravy.”

The purpose of the symposium is to teach rookies new life skills – how to manage their money, how to avoid danger, and how to transition into and, eventually, out of the league.

Want to try to avoid having to file bankruptcy, a la former Jaguars QB Mark Brunell and former great Dermontti Dawson ? Want to avoid situations where you could end up in danger – either with the police or with your life? Then pay attention to what a former star like Cris Carter says.

“Your friends are starting to say, ‘Aw man, I knew you’d change,’” Carter said during his lecture. “You’d better change. You’d better watch your money. When you get old like me, you better know you’ve got some money. You’re the one risking your neck. Nobody else is taking a double team. They’re sitting at the crib waiting for the game to start.”

It’s something Gilyard took to heart.

“I still view it like I have no money,” said Gilyard, who grew up in a rough Bunnell, Fla., neighborhood who now has a four-year, $2.34 million contract. “That’s the way I have to look at it. That’s how I look at it on the field. I’m just average, and I can always get better and better. It’s almost getting down on yourself. I have to make sure I tell myself that I’m not good, that I don’t have any money.”

Gilyard leaves the money managing to his financial advisors. He said he wants nothing more than a monthly allowance. He doesn’t want to be the one to spend $20,000 in a week and not have any idea where it all went.

“I didn’t hire you to be my friend,” Gilyard said. “I hired you to manage my money. You have to have a plan. You have to be able to recognize your plan. You have to plan it out and know there are some procedures. Have fun but save money at the same time.”

And be safe. That was another point of the symposium. Hopefully, Gilyard was paying extra attention to that lecture.

On May 17, Gilyard and a bodyguard were leaving a convenience story near the University of Cincinnati campus when he was robbed at gunpoint. The assailant made off with $90 in cash and a $500 chain from Gilyard. He was lucky he didn’t lose more money. He was lucky he wasn’t shot.

Gilyard didn’t want to talk about the robbery when we spoke, but it’s clear he learned something at the symposium.

“If you feel like you have to carry a gun in the area you’re in, if you feel like there might be some danger, you shouldn’t be in that spot anyway,” Gilyard said. “That’s a point they hit. It was an eye-opener.”

As was the entire four-day symposium.

“It’s an event where you have to be a big sponge and soak up all the information you can and hold it the best way you can,” Gilyard said. “Everything they told us, it was phenomenal.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:34 pm

Calling all creative types

Feeling creative? If so, the St. Louis Rams want you to help name their mascot.

As the official team web site says, “In an effort to continue to reach out to the community in more ways to fans of all ages the Rams are creating a mascot for the team.”

The contest runs through July 18, and you can only enter once. The club will narrow it to five finalists, and fans will vote for the winner, which will be unveiled July 26.

One quick piece of advice. “Horny the Ram” probably won’t win you the contest.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 26, 2010 10:21 am

Who Will Start at QB in St. Louis?

Obviously, Sam Bradford will be the starting quarterback in St. Louis. It’s just a matter of when. Right now, he’s behind A.J. Feeley.

Steve Spagnuolo addressed this in front of a group of Missouri business leaders. "It would be an injustice to Sam and the rest of the team to set a timetable,” Spagnuolo said, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "He's in the early stages of developing as an NFL quarterback. He came into the league far advanced from some quarterbacks I've worked with. We'll do first what's right for the team and second what's right for Sam."

Part of the reason Feeley was signed in St. Louis is because he not only has experience as a fill-in starter, but he’s well-versed in offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur’s scheme. Shurmur was the quarterbacks coach in Philly when Feeley was an Eagle.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 24, 2010 5:07 pm

More smart ways to spend your money

More than 225 days before the Super Bowl is contested in Arlington, Texas, bodog.com has your futures bets ready to go. 

If you’re looking for a sure-fire team to win the Super Bowl – and you want to be really unoriginal at the same time (kind of like picking all No. 1 seeds to advance to the Final Four in your NCAA tournament brackets) – you can place your bets on Indianapolis and New Orleans. Both team’s odds are listed at 9/1 for Super Bowl glory.

If you’re looking for the longest of long-shots, go with St. Louis, Buffalo or Tampa Bay at 100/1. You thought I was going to say the Lions also, didn’t you? Nope, they’re a steal at 90/1.

The bandwagon on which it’s too late to jump? The New York Jets at 10/1.

Looking for your favorite team to see how much money you’d take hom if it wins the championship? Check out the full list here . Happy gambling!

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 10:13 pm

Atogwe happy to be back in St. Louis

There are two ways to look at the fact that FS O.J. Atogwe, after a few weeks of unrestricted free agency, signed with his old team , the Rams.

Either the other 31 teams showed hardly any interest in signing Atogwe –a solid safety that comes with no character issues – because of the impending potential lockout and because those clubs don’t want to go crazy even without a salary cap this season. Or, you can look at it the way Atogwe looks at it. That he was meant to return to St. Louis.

“I’m at peace,” Atogwe said during a video interview on the Rams official web site . “I’m very excited to be coming back. It was a long drawn-out process, but I think it was supposed to be that way so the right decision could be made.”

Atogwe has played his entire five-year career with the Rams. During that time, the team has recorded a 20-60 mark. Which, Atogwe says, will make the team’s return to the top of the league all that more special.

“I’ve been through a lot of the hard times,” he said. “I believe that was to build the resolve within me and within my teammates, so that when the promised land arrives, we know how to enjoy it and be thankful for it.”

Still, Atogwe acknowledges the impending labor negotiations played a role in the NFL’s lack of interest in his free agency. It’s too obvious not to recognize that point.

“I believe that shaped a lot of negotiations, a lot of interest in this 2010 free agency period,'' Atogwe told reporters during a conference call. “It's real, and I believe a lot of players now who are looking to get extensions, looking to do long-term deals, are actually feeling the brunt, feeling the impact of that coming.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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