I’ve been asked a lot this afternoon about whether I think the St. Louis Rams could make a play for Oakland third-string quarterback Matt McGloin since news broke that their starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, will be lost for the season with a knee injury.
While anything is possible, I’d be surprised if the Rams pursued McGloin to be their starter. McGloin is looked at more as a backup around the league. I think the Rams would consider players such as Mark Sanchez, Ryan Mallett or Matt Barkley before McGloin. However, if the Rams opt to promote backup Shaun Hill, perhaps they’d try to get McGloin as the backup.
Then, the issue would be compensation. The Raiders really like McGloin, who started six games as an undrafted rookie last season. He has looked good in the preseason (against third-string defenses) and coach Dennis Allen said he has confidence in McGloin. So, the Raiders simply won’t give him away even though he is behind starter Matt Schaub and rookie Derek Carr.
Frankly, even if the Rams aren’t interested, I could see another team possibly making a play for McGloin in the next week (Houston and his former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien perhaps could show interest). But unless the price is right (a conditional mid-round pick perhaps), I’d think Oakland would rather keep McGloin as a developmental player.