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    Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market
    BY JIM THOMAS
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    03/01/2010

    INDIANAPOLIS — The process of making tender offers to the Rams' 13 restricted free agents has taken an unusual twist for offensive tackle Alex Barron, a move that can only be interpreted as the club is dangling him as trade bait.

    Under league rules, the Rams must pay Barron 110 percent of his 2009 salary, or $2.73 million in 2010. That's a dollar amount that entitles the Rams to a first-round draft pick as compensation if they decided not to match any outside offer.

    But here comes the curveball: Although they have to pay Barron at a first-round level, they don't have to ask for first-round draft pick compensation.

    And they're not.

    According to multiple league sources, the Rams informed Barron's agents Sunday night that they will be asking for only second-round draft pick compensation when they turn their tender offers into the league office later this week.

    In essence, the Rams are throwing out a fishing line to the rest of the league, with Barron as the trade bait.

    It's another deep year for offensive tackles in the draft. Early indications point to Jason Smith, the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft, moving to left tackle next season. Some of the Rams' best right tackles since the team moved to St. Louis were middle-round picks. Ryan Tucker was a fourth-rounder; Fred Miller, a fifth-rounder.


    LITTLE LEAGUE TERROR

    Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy realized football might be his calling at an early age growing up in Oklahoma City.

    "One time in little league play, I tackled three people," McCoy said.

    At the same time. In other words, he tackled the entire backfield.

    "The quarterback, he didn't know who to give it to, so I just grabbed everybody," McCoy said. "It was right then that I was like, 'I might (be able) to play this.' Everybody just looked at me like, 'Did he just grab three people?' That right there should let you know how big a kid I was."

    McCoy said he was 11 at the time. By the time he was 12, McCoy said, he weighed 238 pounds.

    LITTLE LEAGUE TERROR II

    Growing up in Portland, Ore., Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh realized his future probably wasn't as one of the largest soccer players in little league history.

    "I got a ton of fouls," Suh said. "That's kind of the reason why I moved away from soccer, because I got too many red cards."

    With his soccer background, Suh said he wouldn't hesitate to try kicking a field goal in the NFL if called upon.

    "I did it in high school," Suh said. "Why not?"

    RUMOR CENTRAL

    Contrary to some Internet speculation, the agents for Marc Bulger are not pressing the Rams for a decision on the future of the veteran quarterback, league sources familiar with the situation told the Post-Dispatch.

    COMBINE BITS

    Tennessee's Eric Berry looked surprised when asked Sunday if he planned to work out at the combine.

    "I'm working out here. I'm doing everything," said Berry, the highly regarded safety. "It's the combine, not a fashion show."

    — Speed-wise, Clemson running back C.J. Spiller lived up to his billing, unofficially posting sub 4.3-second times in the 40. But Mississippi running back Dexter McCluster ran a disappointing 4.58.

    — Florida quarterback Tim Tebow had a 38 1/2-inch vertical leap, which is believed to be a combine record for quarterbacks.

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    Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    I'd take a third round draft pick for Barron in a heartbeat. Heck, I'm not sure I'd balk at a fourth round pick.

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    Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    When I first read "little league" I immediately thought of baseball and burst out laughing. That would be some game to watch!

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    Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    Obiviously Barrons false starts, holding penalties and lack of intensity is out weighing his durability in the RAMS eyes.
    Last edited by laram0; -03-01-2010 at 03:17 PM.

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    Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    I'd take a third round draft pick for Barron in a heartbeat. Heck, I'm not sure I'd balk at a fourth round pick.
    Yeah i was willing to let him walk with no compensation, hopefully in a poor free agent market we get someone offering something for him!

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    Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    In this deep of a draft if we can get a second round pick for this penalty/false start machine.....I would be beyond ecstatic!

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    Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    "Speed-wise, Clemson running back C.J. Spiller lived up to his billing, unofficially posting sub 4.3-second times in the 40. But Mississippi running back Dexter McCluster ran a disappointing 4.58."

    I think this is where 40 times can be misleading. McCluster outran everybody on the field. Maybe he is a guy who has game speed but it doesn't show up in these tests.

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    Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    Quote Originally Posted by GolfnRAMFAN View Post
    "Speed-wise, Clemson running back C.J. Spiller lived up to his billing, unofficially posting sub 4.3-second times in the 40. But Mississippi running back Dexter McCluster ran a disappointing 4.58."

    I think this is where 40 times can be misleading. McCluster outran everybody on the field. Maybe he is a guy who has game speed but it doesn't show up in these tests.
    Exactly. Teams won't ignore the hours and hours of game tape showing him breaking away from his defenders. You can also think of it in another way. Some people just aren't good at standardized tests. It doesn't mean they won't do well in college. It's just a different measurement.

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    Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    Quote Originally Posted by shower beers View Post
    Exactly. Teams won't ignore the hours and hours of game tape showing him breaking away from his defenders. You can also think of it in another way. Some people just aren't good at standardized tests. It doesn't mean they won't do well in college. It's just a different measurement.
    im hoping he now falls to the fourth round, which i highly doubt, but if he does and we haven't grabbed a back already, he is a viable option im sure.

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    Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    I don't think they're trying to boot Barron out of the door, but if they got a high second round pick they would be hard pressed not to accept it.

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    Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    I hope I'm picking up on the sarcasm in these posts regarding "people" being happy with a third round pick for Barron. The guy's a legitimate starting left tackle in the NFL. Maybe not a great one, or even a good one, but he is starting caliber.
    However, I think tendering him with a second rounder is a great strategy by the front office. It's pretty obvious that he's going to want more money then what he's worth and yes we al know that some team out there will give him the money.
    But, what percentage of third round left tackles go on to be starters? (assuming we use that pick to replace him.)

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    Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    I think if the powers that be decided to take a 2nd for Barron it'd work out fine. Goldberg is an acceptable replacement (not ideal) at RT, and there are plenty of tempting options to be had in later rounds as well.

    If Devaney and company want to really grab the rebuilding bull by the horns, this guy will have to go. Sure he can play his position--but he doesn't eat, sleep and breathe football; and that's what they expect these guys to do.

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    Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    I'd take a third round draft pick for Barron in a heartbeat. Heck, I'm not sure I'd balk at a fourth round pick.
    I agree 100%

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    Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    Im sure if the Rams managed to get a third or fourth for Barron (remember, there arent a lot of free agents this year) that they could find a guy in the draft that could play right tackle as a rookie and also remember the snap count

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    Talking Re: Rams' move makes it obvious that Barron is on the market

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    I'd take a third round draft pick for Barron in a heartbeat. Heck, I'm not sure I'd balk at a fourth round pick.
    Shoot, with this particular classes' depth? I'd take the 4th

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