There's a sense that the slow pace of the negotiations for first-round draft picks may be arising from the fact that the various teams are waiting for someone to be the first to jump in the pool. And there are now indications that the team that made the first pick could be the first to do the bank-vault cannonball.
The Rams supposedly didn't try to sign quarterback Sam Bradford to a contract before the draft. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Rams will commence trying later this week, when Bradford's agents and team officials meet on a face-to-face basis.
A week ago, Bradford told Dan Patrick that negotiations had not yet begun. Two weeks from today, the Rams open camp.
Bradford is expected ultimately to ink a six-year deal with $50 million guaranteed and a total value in excess of $80 million. Hopefully, he'll still show up for work if the Rams switch to a 3-4 defense.