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    Here are some players that we should take into consideration. Not all are necessarily free agents.

    Defensive End

    Aaron Kampman - Has not been used properly in Green Bay's switch to a 3-4. He was awful in coverage, but looked right at home when he rushed from his usual end position. I do not expect the Packers to keep him with their great depth. He could come cheaper because of his injury.
    Elvis Dumervil - Has played extremely well in Denver and will probably be tagged. It might not be worth it to pay him, but he would add a lot to our pass rush. There is a very small chance we will have an opportunity to grab him.
    Osi Umenyiora - Is on the outs in New York and is extremely unhappy with his new defensive coordinator. It make take to much to get him, but we would be lucky to have him reunited with his former coach.
    Aaron Schobel - He is contemplating retirement and is not happy with his situation in Buffalo. Has lost some speed, and has become more of a technician. He is still very capable, and put up nice stats in a Buffalo zone defense that puts all of the pass rush responsibilities on him.
    Note - I would be surprised if Leonard Little didn't retire, but we should try to resign Hall he has played very well all season long.

    Wide Receiver
    Vincent Jackson - He is by far the best receiver that has a chance to reach free agency. I would be shocked if the Chargers didn't do everything in their power to keep him.
    Brandon Marshall - There's no way he is going to be playing in a Broncos uniform next year, but the way they handle him will affect our ability to be in play. If he is signed as a restricted free agent we will not spend a 1st and 3rd to get him, but if Denver decided they want nothing to do with him then he is certainly an interesting option. He would instantly become our primary target and create mismatches for our other receivers.
    Lee Evans - He is a good target in a bad situation in Buffalo. An interesting option to consider, although he is a deep threat in a similar mold to Avery.
    Dwayne Bowe - I would like the Rams to seriously consider him as an option. KC seems to be frustrated with him, and he would be an upgrade over the receivers we have. Maybe we could trade Carriker and a pick.
    Secondary Options - Antonio Bryant and Steve Breaston could be nice additions to our receiving corps.

    Tight End
    Tony Scheffler - The Broncos have leverage on Brandon Marshall, but they might not want to sign Tony and risk having to keep him. There is a large possibility the Rams will be able to sign him.
    Owen Daniels - Had to deal with a season ending injury, but I would be surprised if the Texans let him go he is too talented.

    Running Back
    The Rams would be smart to add a speed back to take advantage of Steven Jackson's punishing running style. However it might be smarter to add a young draft pick.
    Jerious Norwood - Has not had a good year and could come cheaper than the Rams thought at the start of the season.
    Leon Washington - A very speedy player that can take it to the house on one play. He had a serious leg injury that might affect his future.
    Chester Taylor - Has been a backup to AP for a few season and is a great pass catcher out of the backfield. He is getting old though and losing some of his productivity.
    Willie Parker - He probably expects more money than he will be receiving. He was replaced as the feature back and we will need to make sure he is in the right mindset to be a backup to Jackson.

    Feel free to add players and other positions to this list. I'm not sure who are possibly OLB candidates but we could sure use an upgrade over Lenon.

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    Re: Possible Players to Target

    Please sign TE Tony scheffler Rams need more weapons on Offence.
    Tired of drafting TE's over the years.

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    • eldfan
      Five Free Agents the Rams could target
      by eldfan
      Five Free Agents the Rams could target
      by ram_rod on Jan 14, 2010 3:55 PM CST


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      With the draft fast approaching, everyone seems to be buzzing about Ndamukong Suh (including myself). But as edpjr has pointed out, their is also a large amount of RFA/UFA's that could be hitting the market in the free agency.

      Compiled below is a quick list of free agents that the Rams could target. I have no idea what will happen if the league converts to a no-cap, everyone-is-an-RFA type system, so for simplicities sake, I'm leaving that mess out. These players aren't in any order.

      1) Jerious Norwood, RB, Atlanta Falcons

      Grand Poobah Devaney (hopefully) knows Norwood's capabilities from his stint in Atlanta from 2006 to 2008, where Norwood enjoyed his best years. Jerious looks to be on the way out especially with Jason Snelling carrying the ball so well. He's a quick, change of pace back to Steven Jackson. There is no doubt that Rams need a second back, because Steven simply won't be able to take as much punishment as he received in 2009 much longer. He's everything the Rams would like in a second runningback; he's quick, has the ability to catch passes, has a good career YPC average (5.3 yards off of 373 attempts) and most importantly, will come rather mildly priced.

      2) Tony Scheffler, TE, Denver Broncos

      One McGenious' trash is another man's treasure, as the saying goes. Scheff is a young, pass-catching tight end with soft enough hands to help whoever might be the quarterback next season. He was put on the scout squad by McDaniels for being a big meanie to the coach, and much like Brandon Marshall, may be on his way out of Denver. He would be a more expensive option, but most likely wouldn't break the bank, which is something that most of the Rams free agent acquisitions this year will most likely have in common.

      3) Aaron Kampman, DE, Green Bay Packers

      Luckily for the Rams, Kampman has struggled of late switching to Don Caper's 3-4 scheme. He has seemed somewhat out of place as an OLB and probably would fit best if he returned to a 4-3 DE. He had an injury this year and Brad Jones did well enough as his replacement that the Packers probably won't keep Kampman around. He's still only one year removed from a 9.5 sack season, and just turned 30 a few months ago. He's a bit on the older side for the Rams, but should have plenty in the tank for a mid-length contract. Like Scheffler, he could be a bit more expensive, but the Rams are desperate for front seven help and will most likely be willing to pay quite a bit for improving it.

      4) Jason Campbell, QB, Washington Redskins

      Hold the phone- I just pulled a Van. This idea has met a lot of opposition, but quite frankly, you're not going to find an All-Pro, young, franchise, cheap quarterback on the market. There's been a lot of talk here...
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    • Rambos
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      by Rambos
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      My man Gregg Rosenthal has him ranked as the No. 1 player in free agency. My guy Jeff Darlington reports the Miami Dolphins covet Wallace and could be in a potential bidding war with the Minnesota Vikings for the speedster's services. And both teams certainly are in desperate need of a No. 1 wide receiver.

      But I don't think Wallace is the guy. He's too inconsistent and unreliable -- just not worthy of the mega bucks he will receive.

      Think about it. The Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the smartest and classiest organizations in sports, are about to let Wallace walk away. They've had enough. That should be a major red flag.

      Wallace is all about the money. I don't think he prioritizes winning. He selfishly held out last year, didn't make an extra penny and helped derail the Steelers' season. Wallace wasn't part of the offseason programs and didn't learn new offensive coordinator Todd Haley's playbook. He then had an underachieving season filled with a case of the yips.

      The San Francisco ***** needed a receiver last year. They passed on Wallace, then a restricted free agent, and instead used their first-round pick (what would've been the compensation) on a project receiver who never played. The New England Patriots also needed a wideout. They wouldn't do it.

      At times, Wallace can be flat-out majestic, with a knack for taking a short pass to the house or streaking down the sideline for a score. But he wants top dollar, and I wonder aloud if he will take the money and just be too satisfied with his paycheck.

      2. Cliff Avril

      I think he's a good player. But is he simply a product of a talented Detroit Lions defensive line? While he will be better than Charles Johnson and Ray Edwards, paying top dollar to the "other" defensive lineman always scares me. And it would scare me that Detroit, which has had a lot invested in Avril and franchised him last season, would let him walk.

      3. Paul Kruger

      I like Kruger a lot ... at the right price. He had a dominant postseason with a knack for getting to the quarterback. He's a great teammate with an Energizer Bunny playing style. And you certainly can argue that he hasn't reached his potential yet. But here's the rub: I don't think he is a three-down player. I believe he will get more money than he deserves from a team with cap room (think: Cleveland Browns). I root for Kruger. He's a good player. But if your team signs him, don't expect him to be someone he isn't.


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    • coy bacon
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      So, you can make ONE last change. What do you do, and how do addresses the details of the move and get it done?

      For me, I go out and get a solid linebacker, say worth around a #2 draft pick, available on the market.
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    • TekeRam
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      I didn't know this previously, but apparently Baltimore's RB/FB hybrid McClain is due to be a free agent as long as we're under previous CBA rules. I know I'm one of the few banging the drum for a big back as opposed to a little 3rd down guy, but what would everyone feel about him as a pickup?

      One, he's a better fullback than we have currently, and has a track record of success when he gets the opportunity to tote the rock.

      Two, he wants to touch the ball more (he's 3rd in Baltimore), but isn't in line for either a starting job or money and would probably be happy being a primary backup.

      Three, he's a guy I wouldn't mind handing the rock to 20 times a game if we had to if Jax got hurt.

      I think he'd fit just about everything we could want, including ability to share the backfield with Jax, ability to carry the load if need be, and provides us with one extra roster spot in essence.
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    • tomahawk247
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      This i a fairly lengthy post, as i have gone through each position and looked at the draft and free agency.

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      At free safety, we already have Atogwe and Furrey. Furrey showed some very good coverage skills last year, but his ability in run support was very obviously lacking. Atogwe seemed to have improved by the end of the season, however i feel he was held back quite alot by Martz, as Martz dropped Atogwe once he made a mistake in the first game of the year. This meant that Atogwe didn't even dress for a good five or so games at the start of the year. Hardly a way to get him to improve. Im all for bringing in a veteran to play FS, but the current prospects to be had in FA aren't great. Chris Hope is likely to be resigned, and he is the best of the bunch right now. Someone like Lance Shulters could be had to provide experience and leadership, but he won't really be making plays. I know that some people are against taking a FS in the first because we already have Atogwe and Furrey, but i think bringing in someone with very good coverage skills, who is also decent against the run and who can make plays will vastly improve the defense. I can see the Rams bringing in a guy like Micheal Huff or Jimmy Williams, and i have no objections to that, as it is likely that when we pick they might be the best available players.

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