This morning, the Rams’ position on quarterback Sam Bradford was again brought to the forefront of team speculation after comments made by head coach Jeff Fisher on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the morning.
Bradford’s status with the team moving forward has been one of the major topics of debate since his injury in Week 7, one that has snowballed as his commanding salary threatens to affect the Rams’ cap maneuverability this offseason. During his interview, Fisher responded to reports of an unlikely Bradford contract extension by refuting the rumors and asserting that the soon-to-be fifth year quarteback is “going to be under center” in 2014.
Jeff Fisher tells @MikeAndMike that he is committed to Sam Bradford as Rams’ starting QB.
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 18, 2014
The comments came after reports were being circulated that the team had no plans to extend Bradford, despite contrary mid-season reports. Among them:
— TurfShowTimes (@TurfShowTimes) February 17, 2014
ESPN’s Ed Werder chimed in with a source of his own, that of Rams’ general manager Les Snead, whose thoughts echoed those of Fisher:
Rams GM Les Snead told me this on QB Sam Bradford future: “We have been _ and still are _ open to extending Sam.”
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) February 18, 2014
While Fisher’s remarks may have shed some light on the team’s immediate plans at quarterback, the question that remains is whether Bradford is the guy for 2015 and beyond. It seems unlikely that the comments made today will dampen the fire of the anti-Bradford crowd. However, extension or no extension, Bradford’s starting status for 2014 remains solid:
RE: Bradford, none of this is new. Despite speculation, nobody inside Rams Park has ever indicated anyone but Bradford will be QB in 2014.
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) February 18, 2014
Related: Last week, we examined the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft