Sam Bradford is officially a St. Louis Ram - and the richest rookie in NFL history.
Just in time for the first full-squad practice of training camp, the Rams struck a deal with the Oklahoma quarterback and No. 1 overall draft choice.
Bradford’s deal is worth $78 million over six years with $50 million in guaranteed money, sources for the Rams and Bradford’s agent said Friday night. If certain incentives are reached it can max out at $86 million.
All of which tops last year’s record-setting deal of $72 million over six years when Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford was the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Detroit Lions.
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Stafford’s deal included incentives that could raise the maximum value of the deal to $78 million.
“I kept hearing during this process, especially early in the process, that maybe Sam didn’t want to be here,” Rams executive vice president of football operations Kevin Demoff said Friday night, referring to speculative media reports, mainly made before the draft.
“But I’ve never heard Sam say anything but how excited he was to be in St. Louis, and how excited he is about the opportunity to help make this team successful again.”
Bradford is expected be on the field for today’s practice.
Bradford was just the highest profile of a bunch of first-round signings:
• The Washington Redskins signed their new starting left tackle, No. 4 pick Trent Williams, to a six-year, $60 million contract that includes $36.75 million in guaranteed money. He was at practice Friday.
• The Kansas City Chiefs confirmed they signed No. 5 pick Eric Berry, a safety, about nine hours after he broke the news on his Twitter account. ESPN was reporting the six-year deal was potentially worth $60 million, with $34 million guaranteed.
Berry seemed delighted to make the announcement earlier.
“Bout to head to St. Joe!!! Aka the deals done,” he tweeted.
• San Francisco signed both its first-round draft picks to five-year deals – No. 11 Anthony Davis ($26.5 million, $16 million guaranteed) and No. 17 Mike Iupati ($18.25 million with $10.8 million guaranteed).
• Center Maurkice Pouncey, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first-round selection at No. 18, has agreed to a five-year contract.
• The Green Bay Packers signed first-round draft pick Bryan Bulaga, an offensive tackle, but terms weren’t disclosed for the No. 23 pick.
• The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with cornerback Patrick Robinson, a first-rounder at 32nd overall, on a five-year deal.
Dallas rookie receiver Dez Bryant could miss the rest of training camp after the first-round draft pick suffered a high right ankle sprain near the end of practice Friday. The team said he will be out four to six weeks. … Former O’Dea and USC star safety Taylor Mays, a second-round pick by the 49ers, signed a four-year deal. … Four-year deals also went to second-rounders Daryl Washington (Arizona) and Toby Gerhart (Minnesota). … Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand will be suspended for 30 days and fined $100,000 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after his guilty plea to driving while impaired. … The Jets signed coach Rex Ryan to a two-year contract extension, and gave general manager Mike Tannenbaum a five-year extension. … Wide receiver Laveranues Coles signed a one-year contract with the New York Jets, whom he played with from 2000-02 and 2005-08. … The Eagles traded linebacker Joe Mays to the Broncos for running back J.J. Arrington or a 2012 conditional draft choice. … Vikings receiver Sidney Rice and cornerback Cedric Griffin are starting training camp on the physically unable to perform list. … Packers safety Atari Bigby was one of three players who failed a physical examination on Friday, joining cornerback Al Harris and rookie running back James Starks.