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    Rams had Sproles visit scheduled; sign that the team will be active in free agency?

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    It's officially Christmas Eve, for NFL fans that is, with the start of free agency and the trading period beginning tonight at Midnight. As for whether or not the St. Louis Rams will be players in the market remains to be seen, but there's an early sign that they might indeed be willing take a run at some big time players who fit their needs, Chargers RB Darren Sproles for instance.

    Last week word came that the Chargers would not make a RFA offer to RB Darren Sproles. They reversed course on that today, extending the highest tender possible to the running back. Sproles, who would have likely commanded big money on the free agent market, was scheduled to visit the Rams...and several other teams.

    Obviously, the idea would have been to use Sproles as sort of a 1a to Steven Jackson. Anyway, if you're looking for signs that Rams GM Billy Devaney is prepared to explore the free agent market, this is a good sign.

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    Re: Rams had Sproles visit scheduled; sign that the team will be active in free agenc

    Chargers keep Sproles, release DT Williams
    By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer


    SAN DIEGO (AP)—The San Diego Chargers made two surprise moves in the hours before free agency began, deciding to keep speedy little Darren Sproles(notes) and releasing veteran defensive tackle Jamal Williams(notes).

    The Chargers placed the maximum first- and third-round tender on Sproles on Thursday, offering him a contract for $7,283,000 for next season. If Sproles signs an offer sheet with another team, San Diego would have the right to match the offer or receive first- and third-round draft picks as compensation for losing him.

    Agent Gary Wichard said the tender will allow the two sides to continue talking about a long-term deal.

    Six days ago, a person familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Chargers hadn’t made it official, told The Associated Press that the team had decided not to tender Sproles, allowing him to test the free agent market.

    Wichard said there was “tremendous” interest in Sproles around the league, which may have led the Chargers to change their mind.

    Williams has been one of San Diego’s key run-stuffers for 12 seasons. He sustained a triceps injury in the 2009 season opener and missed the rest of the year. He also has a history of knee injuries.

    The Chargers also made first-and third-round tenders to outside linebacker Shawne Merriman(notes), left tackle Marcus McNeill(notes) and wide receivers Malcom Floyd(notes) and Vincent Jackson(notes).

    Backup running back Michael Bennett also was released, leaving the Chargers thin at that position. LaDainian Tomlinson(notes) was released last week after a brilliant nine-year run with the Bolts. The Chargers are expected to take a running back high in the draft.
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    Re: Rams had Sproles visit scheduled; sign that the team will be active in free agenc

    Rams wont be signng Sproles. Williams wasnt too bad last year

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