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    Our DL options now much more restricted

    what with the majority of the free agents identified as being Rams targets being taken off the market (either by resigning or franchise tagging) there are few options left to us (in comparison to before, of course). However there are still good players available. The problem is that there are lots of teams with a decent amount of cap room that may be able to afford these free agents, meaning the Rams could easily be outbid. It may be the case that the Rams FO look in less obvious places to fill our needs.


    There were few DTs on the market in the first place, but it looks even worse now that Terdell Sands has been resigned by Oakland. Cory Redding, Ian Scott, Vonnie Holliday and Robaire Smith seem the current top FAs at the position.
    Redding was a DE that plays DT sometime, and probably doesnt have the size (6'4, 290) that we are looking for as a DT. He will probably be looked at as a DE by most teams.
    Scott comes from a Chicago system where he was the a big tackle, but at 6'3, 302 he isnt large by Ram standards. He also doesnt have much game experience, having been a situation player most of his career.
    Vonnie Holliday is an interesting player. At 6-5, 288 he is more of a DE, however in playing as a pass rush DT for the Dolphins he has played well, putting up over 50 tackles in the past two years as well as putting up 13 sacks over that period.
    Smith is 6-4, 310, but hasnt really excelled since his 'break-out' year in 2004, but two years playing DE in a 3-4 at Houston hasnt helped him.
    All in all its quite underwhelming, especially considering that the Rams are looking for big bodies to go on the DL.Another FA to look at is Hollis Thomas. At 6-0, 306, Thomas is a fairly big body that could do a job as a situational run stopper. But i think the draft is where the Rams will get their run stopping DT.


    Of the DEs scheduled to become FAs, Justin Smith, Dwight Freeney and Charles Grant have all been tagged. Jared Allen is a RFA, and the Chiefs would likely give him the top tender. He also has just been sentenced to 48 hours in prison for a DUI charge. This means that Patrick Kerney is probably the top FA at the defensive end spot, becoming a free agent after voiding the last two years of his contract. Cory Redding is also a possibility, as are Dewayne White and Bryan Thomas.
    Kerney is a decent sized DE at 6'5, 273, and has always been able to put up a decent pass rush. The Falcons pass rush looked great when Kerney and Abraham teamed up, and Kerney and Little would probably be even more of a force. There is a question because of his injury history, but if he is cleared then he would be an addition likely to have the impact similar to Julian Peterson signing with Seattle. His injury history may scare of some teams, making him cheaper.
    While Redding was probably undersized as a DT, he is a decent size and what the Rams are probably looking at at DE. He had a bit of a break out year last year, putting up 8 sacks. The problem is deciding whether this was a one off, or whether this relatively young player is about to become a force in the NFL.
    White has been playing as a back up to Simeon Rice, and has done quite well as a situational pass rusher. He has been more consistent putting up sacks then Redding, but hasnt really played against the run. He could very well be worth a look, being only a 4th year player.
    Thomas has been a back up most of his playing career, but had a very good year for the Jets last year, posting 77 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Thomas could be a very good under the rader pick up.
    Before franchise tags had been placed, it looked like FA would be the place for the Rams to grab a DE. However, unless we sign Kerney i can see the Rams picking a starter at DE in the draft. Thats not to say the Rams wouldnt sign someone like Redding or White, but i dont think the FO would rely on them on their own.

    Its been identified as being vital that the Rams improve the DL, what with Little being the only player guarenteed to start. If Adeyanju and Wroten step up, then it might not be as much of a problem. But it seems Glover and Kennedy just didnt cut it. We will definitely grab a DL player from somewhere, and its now almost certain that we grab one on the first day of the draft.

    Also, we also have to take into account that some players on other teams will be released because of the cap. One name bandied around as being under threat is Kris Jenkins. However it seems the Panthers are trying hard to get around releasing him, what with releasing other players instead. We may have to make do with filling our DT needs by drafting, but there is a long way to go before the draft yet.


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    Re: Our DL options now much more restricted

    bryan thomas was resigned awhile ago

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    Re: Our DL options now much more restricted

    The DL options are really thinning out for the Rams. I think that the Rams should eb looking at two guys

    DE Dwayne White [Tampa Bay]

    DT Tommy Kelly [Oakland]

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    Re: Our DL options now much more restricted

    Quote Originally Posted by serkicker32 View Post
    bryan thomas was resigned awhile ago
    i thought him being available was a bit too good to be true.

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    Re: Our DL options now much more restricted

    Holliday is resigned too; looks like we may be looking at yet another DT in the first round. :\
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    Re: Our DL options now much more restricted

    there is only one option for the rams if a dt is taken in the first round, trade up for branch, we won't take tyler at #13, so a trade down for him or see if we get harrell in the second, which could be a crap shoot.we don't know yet , even free agency and cap casualties havn't happened yet. we might have a starting nose tackle this year taken in the 5th round from hawaii, we just can't tell.

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