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Bradford guarantee is record $50 million

ST. LOUIS — No. 1 overall draft pick Sam Bradford agreed to a six-year, $78 million contract with the Rams on Friday night, with an NFL-record $50 million in guaranteed money.

The Rams and the former Oklahoma quarterback concluded negotiations in time for the first full-squad workout, set for today. The guaranteed money is the highest ever in the NFL.

Bradford is the centerpiece of a rebuilding effort for the Rams, 1-15 last year in their first season under coach Steve Spagnuolo. Spagnuolo reiterated this week that veteran backup Jay Feeley is the starter entering camp. But Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, shouldn't be on the bench for long.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford, the No. 1 pick last year, got $41.7 million in guaranteed money on a six-year, $72 million deal with the Lions.

Bradford's agents, Tom Condon and Ben Dogra of St. Louis, also represent Rams offensive tackle Jason Smith, and Smith also signed just in time for the first full-squad workout. Smith was the second overall pick last year and got a five-year, $62 million deal, with $33 million guaranteed.

Bradford led the nation with 48 touchdown passes in 2008. He played in three games in 2009 before having season-ending shoulder surgery.

Bradford attended the team's mandatory minicamp last month and rookie minicamp. He has missed three rookie workouts.

Other first-round signing news

Berry top-paid safety: The Chiefs confirmed they reached agreement with fifth overall pick Eric Berry on a long-term deal. The team did not release details. ESPN reported the six-year deal was potentially worth $60 million ($34 million guaranteed), making the former Vol the highest-paid safety in NFL history. Messages to Berry's agent were not returned. Berry wrote on his Twitter account: "Bout to head to St. Joe!!! Aka the deals done."

No. 4 overall signs: Oklahoma tackle Trent Williams, taken by the Redskins, signed a six-year, $60 million deal that includes $36.75 million in guaranteed money. He signed, then practiced with the first team.

Gator Signs: Lineman Maurkice Pouncey (18th overall, Florida) agreed to a five-year deal with the Steelers. Financial terms weren't available. He played center in college and is likely to spend most of his Steelers career there, but he's expected to compete at right guard in camp.

Seminole signs: Cornerback Patrick Robinson (32nd, Florida State) signed a five-year deal with the Saints, then broke up a couple of passes in seven-on-seven drills. "I don't think I was as good as I want to be, but for the first day, it was good," he said. Financial terms weren't available.

Falcons: Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (19th, Missouri) signed a five-year, $17.5 million deal ($10.5 million guaranteed).

49ers: Right tackle Anthony Davis (11th, Rutgers) and left guard Mike Iupati (17th, Idaho) signed five-year deals. Davis will reportedly get $26.5 million, with almost $16 million guaranteed. Iupati's deal could be worth as much as $18.25 million, with $10.8 million guaranteed.

Lions: Running back Jahvid Best (30th, Cal) agreed to terms, reportedly a five-year, $9.8 million deal.

Packers: Tackle Bryan Bulaga (23rd, Iowa) agreed to terms, which were not disclosed.

Texans: Cornerback Kareem Jackson (20th, Alabama), who is expected to start right away after Dunta Robinson signed with Atlanta in the offseason, signed. Terms were not disclosed.

Bradford guarantee is record $50 million 07/30/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 31, 2010 12:26am]
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