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    Makeover is likely for St. Louis Rams (Bulger retiring?)

    Makeover is likely for St. Louis Rams
    BY JIM THOMAS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    01/07/2010

    With the offseason starting at Rams Park, let the roster-shaping begin.

    Before the Rams get to the draft or free agency, they must make decisions on their current roster. Who to keep, who to re-sign, who figures into the plan for 2010 and beyond. And who doesn't.

    It all starts with the quarterback position, particularly quarterback Marc Bulger. When Bulger went down with a season-ending fractured shin bone in late November, it seemed likely that he had played his last game in St. Louis.

    But there's a chance that decision may not be in the hands of the Rams' front office and coaching staff. Multiple sources have told the Post-Dispatch that Bulger is considering retiring.

    It's not unusual for veteran players to have such feelings after a tough season, only to change their minds after a few weeks or months away. (See: Brett Favre.) And a league source told the Post-Dispatch that Bulger has spoken informally with a friend on at least one other NFL team about the possibility of playing there.

    But Bulger has had three tough seasons in a row in terms of injuries, level of play, supporting cast and organizational upheaval. It's possible he may just want to get on with life after football.

    Bulger turns 33 before the start of training camp, has been in the league for a decade and has plenty of interests outside of football. He could not be reached to comment Wednesday.

    A Bulger retirement would have the same impact on the Rams' salary cap as if he were traded or released. Unlike last offseason, the Rams would realize a net cap savings if Bulger was traded, released, or decided to retire.

    He is scheduled to count $10.5 million against the team's 2010 salary cap. If he were not on the '10 roster, there would be $6 million of dead money, representing un-amortized signing bonus from his 2007 contract renegotiation. So the net savings would be $4.5 million representing the original $10.5 million cap count minus the $6 million of dead money.

    But Bulger is not the Rams' only concern at quarterback. In the time since his November injury the situation has become more muddled. Veteran Kyle Boller (two starts) and rookie Keith Null (four starts) hardly distinguished themselves replacing Bulger over the final six games.

    As distressing as it may be to Bulger bashers, those six games clearly underscored the fact that Bulger is the best quarterback on the roster. Which may not be saying a lot, considering Bulger's subpar play since his 2006 Pro Bowl campaign.

    There doesn't appear to be a franchise-type quarterback in the draft, either, and that complicates matters as well. It's one thing to say you can do better than Bulger; it's another to actually find that quarterback.

    While the quarterback situation is first and foremost on the Rams' offseason agenda, there are plenty of other hot spots in terms of what to do with the current roster.

    With the signing Monday of three practice squad players to the offseason roster defensive end Sean Conover, center Drew Miller and offensive guard Mark Lewis the Rams currently have 41 players under contract.

    Two of the team's top three defensive ends, veterans Leonard Little and James Hall, are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents when the free agency and trading period begins March 5.

    Little is considering retirement. But he's still the Rams' best pass rusher, and there may be some interest in re-signing him as a situational player. Then again, there may be some competition for Little's services from Carolina. Little's permanent home is in Charlotte, N.C., home of the Panthers, and Carolina's current defensive line coach, Brian Baker, was a Rams assistant from 2006-08 and knows Little well.

    At tight end, Randy McMichael is unrestricted and seems unlikely to return in 2010. According to league sources, the Rams approached McMichael about taking a pay cut last offseason but he declined to do so, opting instead to play out his contract.

    There are a few other unrestricted players of note, a list that includes Boller, linebacker Paris Lenon and longtime deep snapper Chris Massey.

    Other than the unrestricted players, there are three other layers of potential free agents. In each case, the Rams have varying ability to retain their services:

    In a wrinkle unique to the unsettled nature of the collective bargaining agreement, seven Rams are in contract limbo. The group includes offensive tackle Alex Barron, free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, guard-center Mark Setterstrom and defensive end Victor Adeyanju.

    If it's an uncapped year, they will be restricted free agents. If it's a capped year, they become unrestricted. Barring a new labor agreement, 2010 will be an uncapped year, meaning there will be no salary cap, and it's likely to be cheaper for the Rams to re-sign some of these players as restricted free agents.

    Six Rams are scheduled for restricted free agency, a group headed by starting defensive tackle Clifton Ryan, No. 3 safety Craig Dahl and No. 2 tight end Daniel Fells. Restricted free agents are players with three years of NFL experience and expired contracts. The Rams retain matching rights on any outside offers these players might receive simply by making a one-year tender offer.

    Eight players are scheduled to be exclusive rights free agents, a group headed by starting strongside linebacker David Vobora. The Rams can retain any of these players all of whom have less than three years NFL experience simply by making a one-year, minimum qualifying offer.

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    Re: Makeover is likely for St. Louis Rams

    I was kind of shocked when reading that Marc Bulger is considering retirement, but not completely surprised considering the beating he has taken over recent years

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    Re: Makeover is likely for St. Louis Rams

    Well that would certainly make the Rams' decision easier, we'll have to see what happens. Bulger has taken a beating in his career so far, so he may want to call it quits while he's still reasonably healthy and not expose himself to any more damage that could affect his quality of life down the road.

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    Bulger considering retirement

    Per rotoworld, via St. Louis Dispatch:


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    Marc Bulger is considering retiring, sources tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
    We knew that Bulger's career with the Rams was likely over thanks to his $8.5 million salary in 2010, but we thought he'd land with another team before hanging it up. Bulger went to the Pro Bowl in 2006 and although his play has declined sharply since then, the Rams' supporting cast has to take a decent amount of the blame. Bulger would still be a solid backup quarterback in the league at the very least. Jan. 7 - 8:37 am et
    Source: St Louis Post-Dispatch
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    Interesting enough to say the least. I'm not even going to touch this one I think.

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    Re: Makeover is likely for St. Louis Rams

    I thought the makeover was last year

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    Re: Makeover is likely for St. Louis Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by shower beers View Post
    I thought the makeover was last year
    A one year makeover is only temporary
    To make a team over properly requires a few years

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    Re: Bulger considering retirement

    Heard that on 590 radio. I really hope we sign a free agent QB for 2010 and then draft a young QB to watch and learn.

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    Re: Bulger considering retirement

    I wouldn't blame Marc for deciding to retire, he has taken his fair share of punishment over the last several years. With that being said I hope he doesn't, I think he has several good years left in the tank and in the right situation he could excell and most likely lead a team to the playoffs and beyond, the problem for us is that team won't be the Rams. Whatever decision he makes I wish him all the best.
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    Bulger could call it quits.

    Per ESPN Insider

    When word of Marc Bulger's fractured shinbone first hit, we wondered whether he was done for good, both with the St. Louis Rams and the NFL in general. He'll turn 33 next April, and while that's not an ancient number for QBs, he is slated to make $8.5 million in 2010, a hefty sum for a Rams team that could use that money on a lot of other positions.

    With the 2009 season in the books, sources have confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Bulger is pondering a retirement.

    If Bulger does retire, it leaves the Rams pretty high and dry. Both Kyle Boller and Keith Null struggled down the stretch, although this was Null's first season and prior to Bulger's injury he was leading the scout team in practices. Boller is who we thought he was, so that's no answer. Possible options include the draft (they've got the No. 1 pick, after all), free agency or a trade. Speaking on that last point, perhaps the Redskins wouldn't mind parting with restricted free agent Jason Campbell?


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    Re: Makeover is likely for St. Louis Rams (Bulger retiring?)

    Two other people have started a topic about Bulger considering retirement with information based off of this article, so I've merged all three topics together into one topic.

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    Re: Makeover is likely for St. Louis Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by shower beers View Post
    I thought the makeover was last year
    Pretty much all they did last year was eliminate players and replace them with 1 year ultra cheap options. Now the real work and fun begins. Of course that is dependent on a salary cap being put into place.

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    Re: Makeover is likely for St. Louis Rams (Bulger retiring?)

    I used to like Bulger, and I dont mind Bulger the person although I dislike Bulger the player. On an unbiased personal level the man should retire...

    He has taken an absolute beating over the years; concussions, broken bones, just the works...He is only 33 and has a life outside of football. For his future life, he should just hang up the cleats.

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    Re: Makeover is likely for St. Louis Rams (Bulger retiring?)

    Quote Originally Posted by eldfan View Post
    It's not unusual for veteran players to have such feelings after a tough season, only to change their minds after a few weeks or months away. (See: Brett Favre.)
    okay that's it I'm coming out of retirement! put me in coach!

    Really though, what a shock. i thought for sure we would have him at least another two years. PLEASE, PLEASE, I hope this doesn't make us pass up on Suh, PLEASE!!!


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    Re: Makeover is likely for St. Louis Rams (Bulger retiring?)

    Interesting. Little and Bulger considering retirement. Can't say I blame them. They have both made a significant amount of money, their bodies are getting older, and injuries have taken their toll.
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    Re: Makeover is likely for St. Louis Rams (Bulger retiring?)

    Bulger has sorted himself out financially for life..through the last 10 years...and lets not forget it wasnt like he was untouched by opposing defensive players prior to the last 3 years...you look at the like of Manning & Brady and there have probably taken less hits than a young vet QB whose only been in the league 3 or 4 years.

    he has long since reached his peak and he can either spend a couple of years taking more toll on his body or call for the Apache to bring him back down and home safely.
    i think i would retire if i was him..even tho he is only the same age as me and i got 30 years of work ahead of me...im not gonna say he hasnt deserved an early retirement..
    tho having said that i used to walk across live minefields for a living so i dunno...i may have to re-evaluate that stance....

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