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  • Free Agents ?

    with so many free agents still out there are the rams looking at any ? ? ?

    takeo spikes ?

    Jerimaha Trotter ?

    any news ?

    I know we still have some cash open

    what's the 411 ? ?

  • #2
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    Those guys don't really interest me (unless they come with time machines).

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    • #3
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      I'm sure we're looking for some depth. But thats as far as it goes.

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      • #4
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        We should be looking for another starting safety to go with O.J. and a decent starting C.

        That's what I don't get. The coaching staff bellyached about the O line all year last year and what was the biggest signing in the offseason? A kicker.

        If this O line gets hurt again this year it's no ones fault but Linehan's when it comes to the record.

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by txramsfan View Post
          That's what I don't get. The coaching staff bellyached about the O line all year last year and what was the biggest signing in the offseason? A kicker.
          Jacob Bell, six-year, $36 million. Immediate starter at left guard. Ring a bell? ;)

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          • #6
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            Yes Nick, that rang a "Bell", however that's just one guy. One position. We were injured everywhere and only signed one O lineman. One.

            Does that ring a bell?

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by txramsfan View Post
              Yes Nick, that rang a "Bell", however that's just one guy. One position. We were injured everywhere and only signed one O lineman. One.

              Does that ring a bell?
              Which is probably why we drafted two guys, both of whom were very good value where we selected them.

              We currently have four centers on the roster (five if you count Setterstrom should he move over), five offensive guards (again, four if Setterstrom moves to center), and seven offensive tackles. That's sixteen offensive linemen, which could increase to eighteen if Steussie and McCollum are brought back at some point.

              Who are the other free agent offensive linemen you would have signed?

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              • #8
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                Here are some moves I would look into:

                1. Try to trade for Bobby Carpenter (as mentioned in another thread).

                2. Bring in Byron Leftwich for a tryout

                3. Wait for the June 1 cuts.

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                • #9
                  Re: Free Agents ?

                  Originally posted by Nick View Post
                  Which is probably why we drafted two guys, both of whom were very good value where we selected them.

                  We currently have four centers on the roster (five if you count Setterstrom should he move over), five offensive guards (again, four if Setterstrom moves to center), and seven offensive tackles. That's sixteen offensive linemen, which could increase to eighteen if Steussie and McCollum are brought back at some point.

                  Who are the other free agent offensive linemen you would have signed?
                  I would have signed Faneca also. Don't tell me the Rams care about spending money. Look what they gave Bennett.

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by txramsfan View Post
                    I would have signed Faneca also. Don't tell me the Rams care about spending money. Look what they gave Bennett.
                    Well then what can I tell you? Spending $76 million this offseason on two offensive lineman was not going to happen, sorry. I would have liked to see them sign a center like Wiegmann, but they brought last year's starter back and sound as if they'll give him competition. It really was not a great pool of offensive line talent, and I suspect that will become the norm as long as team's have the cap room to hold on to their linemen either with new contracts or tags.

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by txramsfan View Post
                      I would have signed Faneca also. Don't tell me the Rams care about spending money. Look what they gave Bennett.
                      Caring and capability are two very different things, tx. This ain't MLB, the cap is what it is.

                      They signed Bell. They drafted two good value linemen. And of course, the addition of several players that went down to injury last year. Funny thing about the human body.......at the age most of these gentlemen are, it tends to heal.
                      The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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                      • #12
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                        To go along with what Nick and Hub said, Tx, Bennett filled and continues to fill a need. He's a former number one receiver who last year served as an injury guard and as a bad slot receiver because he's not, never has been, and never will be a good slot receiver. This year he's a starter and should be used with greater effectiveness, as you still have to double Holt. His contract is for a starter and that's what he is now. The Rams do care about spending money and hopefully now Bennett's contract will pay off.

                        As for Faneca, he got a contract that he'll never live up to in Jersey, and we could not afford to pay, unless you'd rather see some more salary cap cuts. Leonard Little comes to mind. Faneca was the most accomplished guard on the market, and Bell was the second. Not to mention, they both play the same position, so if we got them both, Bell would have to move to RG. Of course, this would then move two of last year starters into backup roles, where we have a couple perfectly fine guards, it's a center that we could use. As Nick said, Weigmann would have been very handy in helping everyone learn the new system.

                        Wanting Faneca in my mind is kind of like the beginning of this thread asking if we should pursue Takeo Spikes or Jeremiah Trotter. They're flashy names that win press conferences, not necessarily games. Personally, I'm rather happy that we didn't get Faneca, as I expect Bell to be much more worth his contract in the future than Faneca will be.
                        I believe!:ram:

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by txramsfan View Post
                          We should be looking for another starting safety to go with O.J. and a decent starting C.

                          That's what I don't get. The coaching staff bellyached about the O line all year last year and what was the biggest signing in the offseason? A kicker.

                          If this O line gets hurt again this year it's no ones fault but Linehan's when it comes to the record.

                          TX,

                          You seem to be unhappy with the Rams offensive line and I really do no understand why you and several others feel this way?

                          1st of all the Rams have 2 first round picks at TACKLES and though some are unhappy with Barron he has shown the potential to play RT/LT well. You have Pace who has been injury prone as of late but without question when healthy is one of the best....

                          Then... the Rams Richie who was projected as a 1st round lineman who was taken in the 3rd round. Then .... the Rams picked up Bell in free agency..... Do not forget the Rams p/u lineman in last years draft to go along with some veterans on the team.... Finally, the Rams selected some more talent in this years draft. Probably no starting talent but will add depth and can develop into future starters.

                          Not sure what more you could want unless you wanted the Rams to pass on Long and reach for another Tackle with the second pick in the draft.

                          The Rams have enough talent on the Offensive Line what they need more than anything is time working together to develop a cohesive unit.

                          Some of the best NFL offensive lines did not and I repeat did not have the most individually talented lineman but you put them together as a unit and thats why football is consider a team sport....

                          GO Rams

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                          • #14
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                            DD, I understand all those points and maybe I'm just frustrated with how the selections have panned out.....just like our DT picks panned out. I'm not sold on Incognito yet, he seems to be injury prone. Barron has talent but it just seems like his heart isn't into it.

                            It just seems to me that if it isn't the front office missing on DT selections, they whiff on the secondary or they swing and miss on the O line. I'm not necessarily down on the players and the coaching staff as much as I just don't understand the Front Office out there in Earth City.

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by AvengerRam View Post
                              Here are some moves I would look into:

                              1. Try to trade for Bobby Carpenter (as mentioned in another thread).

                              2. Bring in Byron Leftwich for a tryout

                              3. Wait for the June 1 cuts.
                              That's the bell that's ringing loud & clear for me.
                              sigpic :ram::helmet:

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                              • zingers16
                                Free Agents
                                by zingers16
                                For everyone that has the Rams going out in free agency and picking up 5-6 players, when was the last time that the Rams ever were that active in free agency? I know they usually sign a couple people each year, but a lot of people seem to have us taking a couple decent names in free agency. I can't remember the last time that the Rams actually went out in free agency and spent a lot of money on a few key players.

                                Now, don't get me wrong, I could see the Rams picking up maybe one of Crowder/Birk/Willis/Butler because the new coaching staff wants changes, but do you really think they will spend money on a couple of them with there prices being driven up by other teams and the possible sale of the franchise?
                                -02-06-2009, 05:22 AM
                              • rammiser
                                My keeper list
                                by rammiser
                                1st string
                                QB-Bulger, but we need to draft a young gun.
                                RB-Jackson
                                WR-Avery
                                WR-Draft or free agency
                                LOT-Draft or free agency
                                ROT-Draft or free agency
                                RG-Draft or free agency
                                C-Draft or free agency
                                LG-Draft or free agency
                                TE-Mcmichael


                                Back ups
                                QB-Hopefully a good rookie
                                RB-Pittman, and Darby can fill this role but we may need to draft another.
                                WR-Burton
                                WR-Stanley
                                WR-Draft, or free agency
                                OT-Barron,Greco
                                OG-Incognito,Bell,Schuening
                                C-Lecckey,Romberg
                                TE-Fells I'd like to see him develop,Darft another or free agency

                                Defense
                                Starters

                                LDE-Draft or free agency
                                RDE-Long
                                LDT-Carriker
                                RDT-Draft or free agency
                                OLB-Witherspoon
                                MLB-Draft or free agency
                                OLB-Draft or free agency
                                CB-Bartell
                                CB-Draft or free agency
                                SS-Draft or free agency
                                FS--Otogwe

                                Backups
                                LDE-Little as a rotation guy and Draft or free agency
                                RDE-Adeyanju
                                LDT-Ryan
                                RDT-Draft or free agency
                                OLB-Tinoisamoa and Draft or free agency
                                MLB-Draft or free agency
                                OLB-Culberson and Draft or free agency
                                CB-Manning,Brown,King and Draft or free agency
                                SS-Johnson or Draft or free agency
                                FS-Draft or free agency

                                K-Brown
                                P-Jones

                                So as you can see this team has tons of needs, like we didnt know that already. So now its time to play fill in the blanks. Let's be realistic we wont be able to fill all these needs in next years draft so we may have to play mix and match with some of the heartless guys we have now. This is more than a one year rebuild this may take 2 or 3 years to be respectable again.
                                -11-23-2008, 10:18 PM
                              • RamBill
                                Who Will Be the Most Overpriced NFL Free Agents?
                                by RamBill
                                NFL insiders Pete Prisco and Will Brinson take a look at which players might get a larger contract than what they are worth. Ed Reed? Wes Welker? Anthony Spencer?

                                Which free agent do you think will be over-paid?
                                -02-21-2013, 07:30 AM
                              • eldfan
                                Frustrated by free agency so far? Patience
                                by eldfan
                                by VanRam on Mar 5, 2010


                                Anyone thinking the St. Louis Rams would move as fast this year in free agency as they did last year is bound to be a little disappointed. I can only counsel patience.

                                Last year, the stars aligned a little better for the Rams in free agency. They had some prime targets that directly addressed important needs for the team. C Jason Brown was on the radar immediately, with the team setting up a meeting within 48 hours of the start of free agency. They worked out a deal with CB Ron Bartell, who was an unrestricted free agent, within a week. There was talk about signing SS James Butler in the early days of free agency too, but the team didn't reach a deal with him until two weeks into free agency.

                                This time around it's not so easy. None of the big names in FA to sign thus far, less than 24 hours in, would have been good fits for the Rams. Nate Burleson, not exactly the WR we're in need of. Did you see how much the Bears gave Julius Peppers? That wasn't realistic for the Rams.

                                Here's a pretty telling point from Mike Sando today: of the 43 unrestricted free agents with a Pro Bowl appearance, only one is younger than 29-years-old.

                                The hardest pill to swallow is the report that the Seahawks are bringing in Broncos WR Brandon Marshall for a visit. Marshall, a RFA, would cost a first round pick, if signed away from the Broncos. Seattle has two of those.

                                All is not lost. If you're starting to despair that A.J. Feeley might be the only roster move the Rams make, be patient. It's telling that the Rams had scheduled a visit with RB Darren Sproles during the brief window when it looked like he would be a free agent.

                                As for trades, I expect the Rams to at least explore some options via that route, but those take time to hammer out deals.
                                -03-06-2010, 08:30 AM
                              • AvengerRam_old
                                Any interest in remaining Free Agents?
                                by AvengerRam_old
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                                Jamie Sharper
                                6.52%
                                3
                                Jason Fisk
                                8.70%
                                4
                                Grady Jackson
                                13.04%
                                6
                                Brentson Buckner
                                13.04%
                                6
                                Ty Law
                                10.87%
                                5
                                None of the Above: Stick with the Current Roster
                                2.17%
                                1
                                None of the Above: Wait for the Post June 1 FA Market
                                45.65%
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