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    Smile Indebted to Bradford for Free Agency Success

    One year after Sam Bradford takes the reins, the very first off-season, we have one of our best off-seasons in the last decade, coincidence ... not likely.

    It can be two-fold the reasoning, the F.O and owner are confident enough in Bradfords ability to carry the team to the playoffs now. A definite factor.

    And as a free-agent, your looking for a place that it going to give you the best chance to succeed, and any guy with 1/2 a dozen brain cells knows there needs to be good quarterback play. Which is why FA's have done a U-Turn when approaching St Louis since the Greatest Show on Turf.

    So I Salute you Sam Bradford ... 4 Bringing St Louis out of the darkness.
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    Re: Indebted to Bradford for Free Agency Success

    No doubt but I wouldn't underestimate the role new ownership played here. Easy to forget how strong the argument was in favor of Suh or a trade down for more picks as a safer strategy for a rebuilding team before the 2010 draft.

    Stan clearly trusted DeSpags' judgement & is spending to the limit to back it for this year.

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    Re: Indebted to Bradford for Free Agency Success

    I get the point you're making, and I do think a stable quarterback situation can make an organization more appealing. But I think the lion's share of the credit for our successful free agent signings this year should go to the front office and ownership.

    This is one of the most active free agent periods we've seen as Rams fans in a while, but it's not as if free agents wouldn't come here prior to Bradford (Robbins and Diggs in 2010; resigning Bartell, adding Jason Brown, Butler, Karney in 2009; adding Josh Brown & Bell in 2008).

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    Re: Indebted to Bradford for Free Agency Success

    While the Rams have added to some positions of need with these signings...its not like they have made a 'big splash' with ANY F/A signing this year. Nothing new there anyhow. Outside of Dahl, no F/A signed was at (or near) the top of the lists for available players at those positions. It might be a bit of a reach to call it "Free Agency Success", at this point. Hope they all prove otherwise.
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    Re: Indebted to Bradford for Free Agency Success

    Quote Originally Posted by Fargo Ram Fan View Post
    While the Rams have added to some positions of need with these signings...its not like they have made a 'big splash' with ANY F/A signing this year. Nothing new there anyhow. Outside of Dahl, no F/A signed was at (or near) the top of the lists for available players at those positions. It might be a bit of a reach to call it "Free Agency Success", at this point. Hope they all prove otherwise.
    The Rams did not need to make any splashes to be competitive this year. They have most of their main pieces in place with Bradford, Bartell, Long, Laurinitis, Saffold, Smith, and Brown. The team was highly competitive last season with a young up and coming team. If the Rams would have made a big splash this off-season it would have left more holes open for the regular season because they wouldn't be able to afford as many players. By handling Free Agency the way they did, the Rams can now look at the players they signed this year, and those that worked out they can resign. The FA pickups that didnt work out they can draft a player at that position, or pick up some in nect years free agency to fill that hole. I would rather have this Free Agency then getting one big name with other holes not filled.

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    Re: Indebted to Bradford for Free Agency Success

    Its a success based on we addressed all of the teams needs. Wheather it pans out or not time will tell. But atleast we attempted to do something unlike years pass.

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    Re: Indebted to Bradford for Free Agency Success

    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Mar Ram View Post
    It can be two-fold the reasoning, the F.O and owner are confident enough in Bradfords ability to carry the team to the playoffs now. A definite factor.

    And as a free-agent, your looking for a place that it going to give you the best chance to succeed, and any guy with 1/2 a dozen brain cells knows there needs to be good quarterback play. Which is why FA's have done a U-Turn when approaching St Louis since the Greatest Show on Turf.
    I think the first reason there is really the critical one. You offer a player enough money and he might even sign for Oakland. But the front office clearly has been playing it cool in free agency the last few years because we weren't close enough to be a contender yet. Kudos to Kroenke for opening up the wallet and a fine job by the FO in terms of bang for our buck, but I think we all kind of know we wouldn't be seeing this if we didn't have our QB of the future.

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    Re: Indebted to Bradford for Free Agency Success

    I'd say our success was built on the foundation, which was the trenches. In 2009, Jason Smith was projected to be our future LT but that was taken by Rodger Saffold and then we were establishing depth at the DE position (with the extension of Hall and gathering guys like Selvie and Sims). After revamping those trenches, we went straight for our keypiece that is our leader and winning machine, Sam Bradford. If Saffold ended up being drafted before falling into the 2nd round, I assume Smith would've been our LT while we would've gotten a free agent RT (it's really a steal with what we got in the 2nd). Now our final stages this year consisted of signing 2nd-3rd tier FAs that fit the systems we run perfectly well while filling the holes left for starter as well as depth. Now next year, all we need to do is continue developing that team chemistry and patchup the remaining holes left at the depth chart.
    This is truly the beginning of a great playoff caliber team for years to come.

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    Re: Indebted to Bradford for Free Agency Success

    Sam Bradford's presence might play a bigger role in FA acquisitions than most people think. When outsiders look at the Rams, all they see is that they're "up and coming" because of how well Bradford played as a rookie. Those of us who follow the Rams more closely know that it's not only him, but the rebuilt front office making solid moves, Coach Spags, and a new billionaire owner.

    Players were signing with the Eagles for less than they were offered elsewhere. All because of the media hype - they're obviously making a short-term push for the Super Bowl. The media is often wrong with their favorites, but they do make an impact on how those outsiders look at teams. The Rams can use that hype to attract FAs, and Bradford gives them that factor.
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