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With Bulger, the Rams have options

St. Louis could use QB as trade bait. Matt Bowen

Print This March 01, 2010, 10:59 AM EST

If you are the St. Louis Rams, why make a move with QB Marc Bulger now?

He is under contract, and when the new league year opens this Friday, the Rams don’t owe Bulger anything—no bonus money at all.

He is still free labor for them until the actual 2010 season starts, where he is due $8.5 million. My point in simple here: the Rams can play a waiting game. Sure, this is not going to be in favor of Bulger or his agent, but as Howard Balzer pointed out in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, head coach Steve Spagnuolo has said that a decision does not have to be made now.

Think about it. The Rams—depending on who you listen to—will go after either Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford or one of two defensive tackles, Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma, with the No.1 overall pick in this April’s draft.

But, in terms of draft stock, pro days and free agency—that is a lifetime away.

Why not play around with Bulger first, see if there is some interest? NFL clubs are watching tape on all veteran players—those who will be free agents and those who may be cut. There may be a team out there, such as the Bills, who could be interested in Bulger. A possible deal looming? Probably not the most likely scenario, but come the eve of the draft, anything is possible.

With Bulger still under contract, the Rams hold all of the power. From a player’s perspective, Bulger would prefer to get his outright release, see how the draft plays out, and then sign with a club—one that he fits him offensively and in terms of the overall roster and the competition at the QB position.

But, there is no need or no reason for St. Louis to cut him today—or Friday—because there may be a team that is willing to give a late draft pick for his services. Too many options for the Rams to let him go at this point.

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