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"Several" NFL front office executives told CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora they believe Sam Bradford could "still fetch a strong return" if the Rams were to place him on the trade block.

La Canfora makes it crystal clear he isn't reporting the Rams are shopping Bradford, but it's an idea worth pondering. GMs around the league loved Bradford coming out of Oklahoma in 2010. "They love the kid, at least the ones I've talked to about him," one executive said. "He's still a pretty popular figure with them. And everyone knows he's a tremendous kid. If he was available I would expect there to be a lot of coaches in personnel meetings who would think they would be the guy to get him to fulfill his potential." Bradford's career to this point has been a disappointment, but he is still only 26 with a lot of theoretical talent. Owed $14.015 million in 2014, Bradford's contract remains a major stumbling block.

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Sam Bradford (ACL surgery) is expected to resume throwing in late May or early June.

Bradford has remained on track in his rehab. It would be a big boost if he could participate in throwing drills during the Rams' June minicamp. Bradford is tentatively on pace to be full go for training camp.

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Rams GM Les Snead insists Sam Bradford remains the team's quarterback, and that extension talks are "ongoing and active."

The Rams are doubling down on votes of confidence after CBS' Jason La Canfora reported Monday that the team had "absolutely no intention" of extending its quarterback. La Canfora later pulled a 180, presumably after Snead or someone in the Rams' front office reached out. Despite owning the No. 2 pick in May's draft, the Rams are going to great lengths to appear full steam ahead on their attempted franchise quarterback.

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Coach Jeff Fisher reiterated that Sam Bradford is "our quarterback."

"He's our quarterback, and we've said that," Fisher said. "We talk about extensions with all our players under contract. Whether or not we do so with him, I don't know where all this came from, but Sam's our quarterback. He's going to be under center." This all comes on the heels of a CBS Sports report Monday that originally stated the Rams had "absolutely no intention" of extending Bradford before the report was changed to say the Rams are "open to an extension." Now just because Fisher keeps insisting Bradford will be the starter in 2014 doesn't mean we have to take that at face value. Fisher has turned on his words in the past. The Rams would be wise to look long and hard at this year's quarterback draft prospects. Bradford is arguably the most overpaid player in the league.

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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Rams have "absolutely no intention" of extending Sam Bradford's contract.

There was a report in September that the Rams were willing to extend Bradford's deal. The former No. 1 overall pick has two years and $27 million left on his rookie deal, which includes no more guaranteed money. He's scheduled to count a whopping $17.6 million against the cap in 2014. The Rams could clear $10.42 million by releasing him. St. Louis is already up against the cap and has many holes to fill. Coach Jeff Fisher has stated numerous times that Bradford will be back for at least another season, and those that cover the Rams consider it an extreme long shot that the team uses the No. 2 overall pick on a quarterback. Coming back from a torn ACL, it's put up or shut up time for Bradford.

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ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner believes the chances of St. Louis drafting a quarterback at No. 2 and cutting Sam Bradford are "about as close as possible to zero."

Wagoner acknowledges "things can change," but for now the Rams are heaping support behind Bradford despite his average-to-below-average play through four seasons, and persistent durability woes. The belief that Bradford is a franchise quarterback was at the time said to be among the primary reasons Jeff Fisher chose to become the head coach in St. Louis three offseasons ago. Releasing Bradford would save $10.42 million versus the cap, and highly-drafted rookie quarterbacks' cap numbers are typically in the $3-4 million range in the league's new system. Still, the Rams don't seem to even be considering going this route.

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Sam Bradford (ACL) has been cleared to run on a treadmill, and is "on schedule" in his rehab.

Bradford went under the knife 63 days ago. Bradford said last week he's "very confident" he'll be ready for the start of training camp. Despite a whopping $17.6 million salary-cap hit and four years of of thoroughly average play, it appears Bradford will be back under center for the Rams next season. They've been adamant they're sticking with Bradford despite owning the No. 2 pick in May's draft.

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Sam Bradford's 2014 salary cap cost is $17.6 million.

For comparison across the NFC West, Carson Palmer's cap number is $10 million, while Russell Wilson's is $817,000 and Colin Kaepernick costs $1.6 million. Despite the obvious cap room St. Louis would save by using the No. 2 overall draft pick on a quarterback, the Rams have been repeatedly, publicly committed to Bradford. Whether Bradford emerges as the franchise quarterback GM Les Snead seems to believe he'll be adamantly will play a major role in determining the legacy of Snead and coach Jeff Fisher in St. Louis.

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Sam Bradford (knee) is confident he'll be ready for the start of training camp.

"Barring any major setbacks, I feel very confident for camp," Bradford said. "From everything that [Rams trainer] Reggie's told me, he feels like that's an attainable goal." Bradford tore his left ACL on October 20 and underwent surgery eight weeks ago. He's been throwing while sitting down on a stool recently. The Rams have said they remain committed to Bradford long-term, and there's even been talk that they may want to sign him to an extension. St. Louis needs to find some offensive weapons for Bradford to throw to.

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Rams GM Les Snead "again made it clear" Thursday that the franchise is committed to Sam Bradford as its 2014 quarterback.

The Rams have the No. 2 pick in May's draft -- an ideal spot to select a new signal caller -- but they seem sold on Bradford as the quarterback of the future. Snead has dropped multiple hints that the No. 2 selection will be for sale to the highest bidder. If St. Louis can't trade out and is truly hellbent on keeping Bradford, Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews could be a "safe" fallback plan.