Top 5 Potential Replacements For Sam Bradford
The St. Louis Rams will be without starting quarterback Sam Bradford for the second time in less than two full years, as Bradford has sustained yet another knee injury. That’s old news now, though. The real question is who will the Rams deploy under center moving forward?
For now it appears journeyman backup Shaun Hill will get the nod, much like Kellen Clemens did when Bradford went down in 2013. Hill gives the Rams a lot more hope than Clemens did a year ago, but at 34, he’s not someone who necessarily is going to have St. Louis fans thinking about the playoffs.
With the 2014 NFL season arguably already lost, it’s fair to wonder if the Rams should just swing for the fences and see if they can’t get a quarterback upgrade somehow. There’s a few free agents and some guys on other teams that could warrant consideration. Let’s see who could be worth a shot as we break down Bradford’s top five potential replacements – not including Hill:
If nothing else to sell tickets, right? The Rams were actually interested in acquiring Tebow as a package quarterback at one point in 2012, and now the quarterback waits on his final shot in the league. Tebow could be a trifecta hit, as he’d keep fans in the seats and could potentially actually win games if St. Louis let him play his style of football. Even better, if Tebow was a miss, he’d miss big. The Rams would surely lose more games with him than with Hill if things went south.
Orton is still a competent passer who in recent years put up solid numbers for the Broncos and Chiefs. He’s only 31 and probably could be better than Hill, although it seems he might be content retiring from football.
Freeman went from solid rising young star to completely inept, but at just 25 years old with loads of talent, he might be a risk worth taking. Freeman is erratic as heck, but he also has awesome size, a big arm and good athleticism. In the right setting he just might work out. That could be in St. Louis.
Ditto for Mallett, save for the athleticism. He’s looked solid over his last couple of preseason games and as he enters a contract year in New England, it’s quite clear his days with the Patriots are numbered. He has consistency and accuracy issues but he just needs to play more so we can see what he really is. The Rams could get him for a second rounder and potentially find their next franchise passer if all goes well.
Vick didn’t really push Geno Smith for the starting gig in New York, so maybe the Jets decide to cut their losses and get all they can in return for the aging running passer. The Rams might take interest, as the speed Vick still does have could be on display on their turf and he’d give them a dynamis passer that could open up their offense.
Ultimately, it’s unlikely the Rams make a move. Even with Bradford starting 16 full games even making the playoffs was probably a pipe dream. Look for them to ride it out with Shaun Hill and be one of the worst teams in the league in 2014.
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