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    McCollum could get call

    By Jim Thomas
    Sunday, Feb. 24 2008

    INDIANAPOLIS • After 14 NFL seasons, you might say center Andy McCollum is

    McCollum is scheduled for unrestricted free agency this week. The Rams believe
    McCollum, 37, can still pass block but don’t have him on speed dial.

    “I did talk to Andy,” Rams coach Scott Linehan said. “He’s going to stay in
    shape in case we get in a position where we possibly could sign him if we need

    Closer to training camp?

    “Something like that,” Linehan said. “Andy’s a salt-of-the-earth kind of guy.
    He’s realistic about it. I thought that was a good plan. You never know,
    someone (else) might call.”

    Although he began last season on the bench, McCollum ended up starting 10 games
    because of injuries: seven at center and three at left guard. He has been with
    the Rams since 1999.

    Romberg update

    Brett Romberg won the starting center job over McCollum coming out of training
    camp but started only nine games last season because of ankle problems. Romberg
    also is scheduled for unrestricted free agency, but the Rams have expressed
    interest in re-signing him.

    "There's mutual interest there," Romberg's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said
    Saturday. "We're going to continue to talk. I met with Jay Zygmunt (Saturday)
    about Brett, and we're going to continue to work on that."

    At the moment, the only centers under contract in St. Louis are Nick Leckey and
    Dustin Fry.

    Wilkins still iffy

    Like McCollum, kicker Jeff Wilkins indicated at the end of last season that he
    was considering retirement.

    "One of the things we've got to see is how he feels," Linehan said. "He's got a
    little bit of a (leg) issue that he's got to get squared away medically, to
    make sure he's OK."

    Linehan didn't specify the exact nature of the leg problem, but said he didn't
    think it was anything serious and wasn't anything that would require surgery.

    "I think when you start getting up there, you want to evaluate it," Linehan
    said. "You say, 'Hey, are the years catching up with me?'"

    Wilkins, 35, has been with the Rams since 1997, second in team tenure to wide
    receiver Isaac Bruce.

    "Jeff can still get it done," Linehan said. "He was three of four from outside
    50 yards last year. He was like the rest of our team. … Here's one of the
    greatest kickers ever and he has a down year. He misses kicks that he's never

    Needy Rams

    In remarks to the media Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine, Linehan identified
    offensive line and defensive end as the team's greatest needs.

    Even factoring in a rash of injuries last season on the offensive line, Linehan
    said, "I think that's an area we really need to address."

    As for defensive end, the Rams had only 5 1/2 sacks from that position last

    "Getting to the quarterback on those money downs is going to be critical,"
    Linehan said. "Whether we do it through a free-agent acquisition, or get
    Leonard (Little) healthy, or whatever we've got to do, we've got to find ways
    to create that pass rush."

    Linehan said the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants were a textbook example of
    the kind of success a defense can have with a strong four-man rush.

    Ram-blings: The Rams came away impressed with Jake Long's workout Saturday at
    the Combine. One team official said the offensive tackle from Michigan looks
    like the complete package at that position. … Re-signing running back Steven
    Jackson to a long-term contract is a priority. But for now, the team is
    concentrating on re-signing safety Oshiomogho "O.J." Atogwe before he becomes a
    restricted free agent Friday.

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    Get that big boy signed to a long term deal

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    Re: McCollum could get call

    I'm feeling a Jake Long smokescreen to cover how much we really want Chris Long in those statements. It's all just speculation of course but we've been deceptive around the draft before - maybe Jake Long is this year's Cutler for us. Of course I could be wrong and maybe they really do want Jake Long at #2 but this is just what I'm thinking (perhaps wishfully).

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    :bash: McCollum, now there's an OLD warrior! Wouldn't mind having Andy on the roster for OL backup. For the war of 2008. One last stand.

    Miami has got to go for someone else on Draft Day. We pick CLong!

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    Wilkins retire when he just needs one more PAT for the record? No way.
    He may retire if we release him and nobody else will pick him up (which I'm sure several teams would jump on him).

    For the center spot, best case would be Romberg being 100% and playing very well and we don't need McCollum. I wouldn't mind him as a backup though, I think even though he's old, he can still play some solid football.

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