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The St. Louis Rams dished out the largest guaranteed contract to a rookie in NFL history on Friday after inking number one overall pick Sam Bradford to a six-year deal worth $76 million.
The deal, which has a max value of $86 million, includes $50 million of guaranteed money and bests last year’s number one overall pick Matthew Stafford. Following the 2009 draft, Stafford signed a deal with the Detroit Lions that included $41.7 million guaranteed.
Once news broke of this contract, the collective sighs you heard came from Indianapolis, New England and New Orleans. Remember, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees are all playing at the moment with one year left on their deals. The ownership for each one of those teams just saw the price for those respective quarterbacks go up a bit.
Meanwhile, I guess this deal means I need to start crafting a plan for blogging about something besides football come September 2011. These rookie guarantees are a big issue in the NFL labor negotiations.