Sam Bradford has a slightly different contract, according to a report from NFL.com. The St. Louis Rams switched his $12 million salary for this year to a $6 million roster bonus, paid May 11, and a $6 million salary. The move does not change his cap hit for 2012.
Bradford has three more seasons left on his current deal. His base salaries in each of the next three season are: $9 million (2013), $14.015 million (2014), $12.895 million (2015). Those numbers were not changed by the adjustment made to his contract.
As the first overall pick in 2010, Bradford is the highest paid rookie in NFL history, the answer to a trivia question. The 2011 CBA changed rookie salaries, slashing them an putting them into a slotting system that leaves little room for negotiation. Bradford's deal is a six-year, $78 million contract with $50 million guaranteed. Compare that to Cam Newton, last year's first pick in the draft, who got a four-year $22 million deal.