Previous reports have said that the Browns and Bills are both interested in pursuing a trade for Bradford, but numerous reports have since shot down those ideas.
As things stand right now, it appears as though Bradford is more likely to be returning to the Rams on a restructured deal, or he could try to get released and test the open market.
This is just speculation on my part, but it seems like Bradford’s representatives could be trying to dumb up some interest in their client to gauge what kind of market he would have.
- Meanwhile, the Rams tell Mike Rodak of ESPN that there is “no merit” to the report that Bills are pursuing a trade for Bradford.
- Joe Buscaglina is also “hearing” that that the Bills pursuit of Bradford is not real.
According to a league source who spoke to Getlin, Bills HC Rex Ryan and OC Greg Roman aren’t sold on E.J. Manuel being a viable starter and believe Bradford can maximize their receiving corps while helping them win right now.
Previous reports have said that the Rams have given Bradford permission to seek a trade. However, the team has refuted this report.
Getlin adds that if the Rams were to change their stance on Bradford, the Bills would likely face “a stiff challenge” in working out trade that included draft picks. The Bills have only six picks to work with in 2015 and no first-round selection.
Last week, Jason Cole reported that the Browns are the hottest team after a quarterback this offseason and have Bradford at the top of their list of potential quarterbacks.
Cole adds that if the Browns have a chance to get Bradford in return for a relatively cheap trade such as a second or third round pick, they will make a run at him.
However, Cole doesn’t think Bradford would have any interest in being traded. Instead, Bradford would likely ask to be released outright so he can sign with a team of his choosing or try to work out an extension with the Rams.
Many still expect the Rams to ultimately keep Bradford and try to rework his contract to free up some additional cap space before the start of free agency.
Bradford, 27, has yet to live up to his draft status and is now coming off of back-to-back ACL tears, so there are some real concerns about him moving forward.
He has one year remaining on his six-year, $78 million contract that included $50 million guaranteed. Bradford stands to make a base salary of $12.985 million for the 2015 season to go along with a cap figure of $16.58 million.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading Bradford would free up $12.985 million in cap space for the Rams.
Bradford last appeared in an NFL game during the 2013 season. He finished the year throwing for 1,687 yards while completing 60.7 percent of his passes to go along with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions over the course of seven games.