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Rams will get down to business on Bradford deal next week

St. Louis opens training camp July 28 Brad Biggs

Print This July 10, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

Kevin Demoff, the man responsible for negotiating a contract for No. 1 pick Sam Bradford with the St. Louis Rams, will return from vacation next week and then it’s down to business.

The Rams will open up negotiations with Tom Condon, the agent for Bradford, according to a report by Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The hope, of course, is to have the man the team is rebuilding around on the field for the start of training camp, something the Detroit Lions accomplished a year ago with their quarterback, Matthew Stafford.

“That's why I hired an agent," Bradford told reporters, according to Miklasz. "I don't want to deal with any of that stuff. That stuff's all on (Condon). I've done my part to get myself here. Now, it's his job to get me in camp."

Demoff and Condon will have 2 ½ weeks or so to get a timely deal done as the Rams report to training camp on July 28. Stafford, who is also represented by Condon, received a $72 million, six-year contract from the Lions that included $41.75 million guaranteed.

Miklasz speculates that Bradford will command between $45 million and $50 million in guarantees as the price for finishing dead last in the NFL gets higher and higher. Yes, in the distance that is a cry for a slotted system for paying rookies, one that gets this situation straightened out.

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