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    Rams have no luck getting a receiver ..

    BY JIM THOMAS
    Thursday, March 15, 2012


    As excited as the Rams were about landing free-agent cornerback Cortland Finnegan, they were stymied in their attempts to add a wide receiver.

    They were involved with Robert Meachem, and as surprised as anyone when he ended up signing with San Diego and not Buffalo. They were in on the Pierre Garcon sweepstakes but bowed out when the price topped $8 million a year. Garcon ended up with Washington in a five-year deal that averaged $8.5 million a year.

    They also were in the mix with Josh Morgan (who signed with Washington), and apparently Harry Douglas (who re-signed with Atlanta) as well.

    By Wednesday evening, the shelves were basically picked clean with Brandon Lloyd, Mario Manningham, Eddie Royal and a couple of older wideouts (such as Deion Branch) the only notable remaining wide receivers.

    So who exactly is going to catch passes from Sam Bradford this season?

    "When you start the process you look at both markets," Fisher said, speaking of the draft and free agency. "This draft's got a lot of really talented receivers. There's still some receivers out there that we're interested in. There's also the potential for trade, so it's a position that we're going to address. We'll continue to address it and we'll fill the need."

    The Rams' plan for this offseason was to add a veteran starter and a rookie starter at wide receiver. It's going to be very difficult now to find that veteran starter. Then again, the Rams' needs are so dire at the position that teams thinking about dealing a wideout may seek them out. Especially since they have such a stockpile of players as a result of trading the No. 2 overall pick to Washington for the Redskins' first- and second-round picks this year, plus their first-round picks in 2013 and 2014.

    Although the deal was agreed to last Thursday night, it didn't become official until Tuesday afternoon, with the Rams officially announcing the trade Wednesday.

    General manager Les Snead said the competition was fierce for the No. 2 overall pick.

    "There's obviously what most people consider two franchise quarterbacks in this draft, and there was more teams that felt like they needed a franchise quarterback," Snead said. "History says the past seven Super Bowl winners, I think six of the seven have been first-round draft choice quarterbacks with the exception being Drew Brees as a second-rounder. ... Because of the circumstances of the position and what people wanted, it made the pick valuable."

    In the end, league sources said the runner-up Cleveland Browns offered their two first-round picks this year, as well as their first-round pick in 2013. But Washington came out ahead because it offered its second-rounder this season as well as three first-round picks.

    Snead said the trade wouldn't have been made if the Rams didn't think they could get an impact player at No. 6 overall. And he didn't rule out the possibility of trading down from No. 6 if the right offer presented itself.

    "Just like with No. 2, we have options with that pick depending on the circumstances and the players that may fall to us or may not fall to us there," Snead said. "We'll definitely look at all options with that and make the best decision for this organization."

    Back on the free-agent front, Finnegan will be formally introduced at a Rams Park news conference this morning. His five-year deal is worth $50 million. According to league sources, he gets $33 million in the first three years, $27 million is guaranteed, but Finnegan's cap count for 2012 is a modest $6 million.

    One of Finnegan's former teammates with the Tennessee Titans, free-agent defensive lineman Jason Jones, also was in the building Wednesday meeting with team officials and coaches at Rams Park. Signing Jones may not be the slam-dunk it appeared to be Tuesday, because Jones is expected to leave today for a visit with Seattle.

    But St. Louis makes more sense for Jones on a lot of levels, including his familiarity with the head coach (Fisher) and at least one teammate he knows very well (Finnegan). Jones and Finnegan, in fact, dined together Wednesday night in St. Louis.

    Detroit quarterback Shaun Hill is scheduled to visit Rams Park today, and former Houston offensive tackle Eric Winston is scheduled for Friday. The Rams are talking with Atlanta center Todd McClure but nothing is serious there at this time.

    Williams update

    Fisher said he had no idea when the NFL would announce its penalty for defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for his role in the "Bountygate" situation in New Orleans.

    "I've not spoken to the league," Fisher said. "Obviously, the investigation is ongoing, I can't comment any further."


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    Re: Rams have no luck getting a receiver ..

    I like that we didn't over-react for the WRs in a market that overpaid....

    We can get 2 or 3 skill guys in first 4 rounds of draft and a lesser WR in Free Agency or still trade....

    Fisher and co. will get the neeeded personell instead of reaching for draft picks that fit the 'system'
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    Re: Rams have no luck getting a receiver ..

    With Peyton Hillis leaving Cleveland, I'm becoming more convinced that Cleveland will take Trent Richardson at #4 and look for a WR at #22, leaving Justin Blackmon for us at #6. Rest assured, Tampa Bay after signing VJax ain't taking JB. The market for TRich is starting to heat up which makes me feel better about selecting him if for some reason Cleveland does select JB. We'll still need to sign another WR in FA or trade for one.

    My secret interest is Stephen Hill from GA Tech after a strong combine showing. I'm thinking he will be there at #33 or #32 (New Orleans loses their first round pick) because his college career was so limited. Teams are not likely to use a first round pick on a player with questions. His Pro-Day went well but by draft time that could be ancient history. For us he may be a real steal in round #2 as we have 2 picks.

    Go Rams!

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    Re: Rams have no luck getting a receiver ..

    With Peyton Hillis signing with the Chiefs I see the Browns taking Richardson at #4. Tampa just scored with Vincent Jackson signing and they also have Mike Williams so you can count them out for taking a receiver in the draft. Minnesota would be stupid not to take Kalil and we all know who Indy and Washington will take. This leaves us with Justin Blackmon at #6 who can come in right away and be the teams #1 receiver. Also the market for Brandon Lloyd doesnt seem as strong as he had hoped for so him resigning is more of a possibility with each day that goes by. Just something to think about.....

    1.1 Indianapolis - QB Andrew Luck
    1.2 Washington - QB Robert Griffin III
    1.3 Minnesota - OT Matt Kalil
    1.4 Cleveland - RB Trent Richardson
    1.5 Tampa Bay - CB Morris Claiborne
    1.5 St. Louis - WR Justin Blackmon

    We'll be fine guys. Go Rams

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