If Sam Bradford ends up with the Redskins, it probably won’t be because he pulled an Eli Manning.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz had Bradford on his sports radio talk show Thursday and asked him point-blank questions: Would he would rather play in Washington? Does he have reservations about playing in St. Louis? Bradford’s response to the first question wasn’t exactly point-blank, at least as reported in Miklasz’s blog.
He really answer the question of whether he’d prefer Washington or St. Louis, but no one who has followed Bradford would expect him to. Here’s what he did say:
He never said he’d prefer Washington: “I’ve never said anything like that. It’s a draft. I believe that you go to whatever team picks you. Obviously the Rams have the first pick and if they pick me I would be in St. Louis. I think it’s pretty simple.”
He’d see being a part of the Rams rebuilding project as a great opportunity: “I’ve always dreamed of playing in the NFL. If I do happen to be the No. 1 pick and go to St. Louis, I think it would be a great opportunity and something that I’ve looked forward to for a long time now.”
He’s enjoyed getting to know Rams GM Bill Devaney, head coach Steve Spagnuolo, offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and quarterbacks coach Richard Curl: “Before my Pro Day I had breakfast with Coach Spagnuolo. Coach Shurmur was there, coach Curl was there, Mr. Devaney. So I got to talk to all of them that morning, and a little after my Pro Day. But in the time that I got to know them, they seemed like great guys. And they really seemed to have a passion for leading the Rams back to victory.”
He likes the St. Louis’ proximity to Oklahoma City: “It’s an easy day drive, and if you hop on a flight it’s maybe 45 minutes. The location is definitely good when you take into consideration that my family is so close.”
Bradford’s agent, Tom Condon, also represents Eli Manning, who played a 2004 game of chicken with the San Diego Chargers and won. The Chargers picked Manning with the No. 1 overall pick and granted his wishes to play for the New York Giants by trading him for a package of picks and players.
On Wednesday, Condon appeared on Miklasz’ show and disputed rumors he was trying to steer Bradford to the Redskins. ”I’m not trying to steer anybody to any place,” he said.
You can listen to the Bradford interview here: