The Rams got a haul for the No. 2 pick, trading it to Washington for three first-round picks and a second-round pick.
It would be revisionist history to say the Rams could use an upgrade from Sam Bradford at that time. Yes, the 2010 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year had a bad second season, but his poor 2011 was attributed to injury and a lack of weapons around him. In Mel Kiper’s first mock draft of the 2012 offseason, he projected the Rams to use the second pick on wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
The option to take Andrew Luck instead of Robert Griffin III may give pause, but the Rams were also just entering the third year of a six-year, $76 million deal with Bradford. If St. Louis picked Luck, the Rams would have no choice but to trade Bradford and his value likely wouldn’t approach Luck’s.
I mean, obviously, there’s a lot of excitement right now because it’s new. We all have to learn. It’s not like we’re coming back and we know everything. So, everybody has their thinking caps on and just knowing that we all don’t know anything. We’ve still got a long way to go, but I like what I see from everybody so far.
One of Dooley’s old players suggests the coach didn’t teach him how to run routes.
It’s good that Cole Beasley and new Dallas receivers coach Sanjay Lal are getting along. Lal is a well-regarded assistant, and Beasley likes him a lot.
For example, if a player has averaged playing in 40 percent of his team’s snaps throughout his career, a contract incentive could allow for a pay bump if that player ends up exceeding that average in any given year during his contract.
(This is not to be confused with the NFL’s Performance Based Pay program, which protects all players from being under-compensated should they be put in a position to play more than their fair share of snaps.)
Similarly, there are de-escalators such as if a player ends up playing in fewer snaps. Many players and agents don’t want de-escalators for obvious reasons, the most obvious being that the coach controls their snaps so why agree to such a clause if there is a chance of seeing the snaps decreased?
There are other types of bonuses such as reporting bonuses (paid if a player shows up for training camp) and weight clauses. All of these count against the current year’s cap.