Rams Try To Lock In Sam Bradford, While Patriots Sign Devin McCourty And Panthers Finalize Clausen

July 28, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The No.1 overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft Sam Bradford is reportedly closer to signing a deal with the St. Louis Rams as the teams begins to enter training camp.  To date, only two other first- round picks have been signed in Dez Bryant with Dallas and Devin McCourty with New England.

Bradford is scheduled to report to camps and rookies and quarterbacks are slated for that day.  However, one thing for sure is that Bradford will not be throwing passes to Terrell Owens, as the receiver signed with Cincinnati instead of St .Louis.

Head coach Steve Spagnuolo said that the team is moving on from Owens and will look forward to 2010.

“We took everything into play and we came up with a decision, and I really want to talk about the 2010 Rams,” Spagnuolo remarked.

Spagnuolo did not allude to the talks relating to Owens and the Rams, and whether or not the two parties were close to a deal.

“I’m not going to put it in a category,” Spagnuolo stated. “We sat down, talked about it. We went about it the right way and the decision was made.”

Bradford has said that he would like to report to training camp on the scheduled day with a contract solidified.  ESPN reports that the deal projected to be signed by Bradford will be worth in the neighborhood of $45 million guaranteed.  That would be the highest rookie guaranteed contract, as the Lions gave Matthew Stafford $41.7 million.

“We’re very optimistic it should be done hopefully in the next 24 to 48 hours,” Spagnuolo remarked.  “So we keep our fingers crossed we get those two guys in and we’ll be all set and ready to go.”

McCourty became the second first round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft to sign with his team, as he and the Patriots agreed to a five-year, $13 million contract with close to $8 million guaranteed.

“He’s fast, he’s tough. He’s a good four-down football player — first, second, third and fourth down,” head coach Bill Belichick said. “In the kicking game, he’s certainly one of the top guys in the draft in that area.”

McCourty was drafted 27th overall out of Rutgers, after shining for the Scarlett Knights last season in the secondary.

“We worked pretty late [Tuesday] to get to this point,” remarked McCourty’s agent Andy Simms. “We know what’s important in New England and that’s to get to camp on time.”

Carolina also signed second-round selection Jimmy Clausen to a four-year contract worth $2.53 million guaranteed,  as he was the last rookie to sign with the Panthers.  Carolina did not have a first round selection in the 2010 NFL draft.

The 2010 NFL Season begins September 9, with the defending Super Bowl Champions New Orleans Saints and AFC Champion Indianapolis Colts the betting favorites to win Super Bowl XLV on USA Online Sportsbooks.

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