NFL latest: Rams coy over Bradford as Decker eyes Broncos exit

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With free agency approaching, many teams are beginning to discuss the futures of some of their players, and the St. Louis Rams are doing just that regarding quarterback Sam Bradford – though it may not be quite what the former Oklahoma Sooner had in mind.

Reports on Monday suggested that the Rams had “no intention” of extending Bradford contract, but head coach Jeff Fisher said today that he would still be the quarterback heading into the 2014 season, despite his huge $17.6m salary cap figure this year. Many had speculated that the Rams would look to trade or cut Bradford in a bid to land either Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles in the draft, but Fisher's suggestion that Bradford will be his starting quarterback could now mean the Rams trade down yet again, like they did in 2012 when they gave the #2 pick to the Washington Redskins.

At this time of year, many players find themselves in contract negotiations and one deal that appears to have gone through is the Washington Redskins renewing the deal of cornerback DeAngelo Hall. The experienced 30-year-old has reportedly agreed to a new four-year extension worth $20m. Despite some disappointing displays in recent years, the Redskins get one of their key defensive pieces back next season, which will be important if they are to bounce back under new head coach Jay Gruden.

But one player who appears to be heading for pastures new is Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker. A key part of the Denver offense that got to the Super Bowl, Decker is seeking to be paid #1 receiver money, which the Broncos are unlikely to pay, especially with other integral parts such as Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas catching passes from Peyton Manning. A number of teams will be looking to sign Decker in free agency, but he may be a product of Manning's incredible production, so teams should be wary of paying him big money.

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