Is Sam Bradford worth more than Peyton Manning and Tom Brady? If you look at his new contract, containing the highest guarantee ever, you might believe that he is.
Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy does not believe it for a second.
“I don’t know how Sam Bradford can come in and make more money than those two guys,” Dungy told the Mike and Mike in the Morning radio show. “There’s something wrong with the system when that happens. So the next collective-bargaining agreement, whatever else they argue about, somehow, that can’t happen.”
Sam Bradford comes into the season without ever having thrown an NFL pass. He is guaranteed $50 million without ever having thrown a pass in the league.
Bradford was magnificent in his days at Oklahoma and won a Heisman trophy while leading the Sooners to the best offensive performance in NCAA history.
Jason White also won the Heisman and never caught on with an NFL team, even as a backup. Josh Heupel was the runner up for the Heisman and won a National Championship. He never made a dent in the NFL either.
Bradford has more raw talent than either of those quarterbacks and his size makes him a perfect candidate for the NFL. The St. Louis Rams hope the kid can develop into the next Troy Aikman for their struggling franchise.
The Oakland Raiders had the same hopes for a big kid with a rocket arm named JaMarcus Russell.
Of course, Peyton Manning has nothing to complain about with his NFL contract, worth $98 million. Indianapolis president Jim Irsay promises he will make Manning the highest-paid NFL player when the team resigns the MVP quarterback.
Tom Brady, on the other hand, has been in the news lately with contract squabbles with the Patriots. Brady, however, has never felt comfortable talking about money.
“I’m not into playing games,” Brady told ESPN. “I just want to come out here and do the best I can do. You know, whether you make $1 playing, or you make millions of dollars like we do make, I just really enjoy playing quarterback for this team.
“I’m under contract and it’s my responsibility to come out and play as well as I can. I’ve always felt that’s what I love to do anyway. I love to come out here and compete. I have a job. I think that’s important to realize, too. It’s an interesting time in the world. I’m glad I get to come out here and do something I love.”
The question remains: How can the Patriots not pay Brady, a proven Super Bowl winning All-Pro quarterback, what the Rams are paying Bradford? Brady has proven himself. Surely, he deserves as much as an unproven rookie.
Dungy brings up a good point about the upcoming negotiations. If the veteran players feel slighted because kids like Bradford, Matt Ryan and Matt Stafford make more than them right out of the gate, why would the union stand in the way of a rookie salary cap?
Sam Bradford is a very, very rich man. Thanks to his high dollar contract, he might end up being the last rookie to ever reach that level.
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