Cadillac rolls into St. Louis
BY JIM THOMAS | Posted: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 3:15 pm

It's not as if the Rams' personnel department is closing shop for the season, but the team has put what appears to be the finishing touch on an impressive and unprecedented week of free agency for the franchise.

Running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2005 draft by Tampa Bay, has agreed to terms on a free-agent deal with St. Louis. And that means the long-running saga of trying to find a bona fide backup to Pro Bowler Steven Jackson has finally reached its conclusion. This is the third offseason the team has looked to find backup help for Jackson.

Barring injury, Williams will be the No. 2 man in the backfield behind Jackson, with Atlanta's Jerious Norwood -- who joined the team Tuesday -- as the No. 3. (Norwood also is expected to return kickoffs.)

Williams, 5-11, 217 pounds, rushed for 1,178 yards as a rookie and added 798 yards in his second season in 2006. But he was slowed by knee injuries in '07 and '08 and last season yielded his spot as the feature back in the Buccaneers backfield to LeGarrette Blount.

But Williams, 29, remained effective in spot duty for the Bucs, particularly on third down. He is considered an excellent locker room presence with good leadership skills. Williams becomes the 10th outside free agent to join the Rams since the lockout ended.