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    June 1st is around th corner and there looks to be like a few vets will be cut. Do we have any more glaring needs?? Will the team go after any new and cheaper blood this go around of free agents?

  • #2
    Re: any free agent needs??

    I'm not convinced we'll make any signings, but I've heard some rumblings that the Rams are looking at defensive end Chad Bratzke. Not sure how legitimate that one is though.

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    • #3
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      At the risk of repeating myself from prior posts, i would love us to find a punter to bring in if one is available after the cuts at a reasonable price. I read this week that landetta was dead last in net punting last year. I continue to believe that the lack of hang time was one of the big issues affecting the coverage last year and i dont think he was that great on directional punting either. He has reached the point where in order to get the 40 yard distance he just has to kick it as far as he can, without regard to the hang time.

      Landetta has had a productive career. I dont know that he will ever live down the whiff against the bears at the goal line in the playoffs, but he was very solid over the last 37 years that he has been in the league. However, the time has come to either find a veteran who wants a shot at a title for short money or possibly see if ray guy wants to come out of retirement since i am not sure we would be worse off.

      Rumours abound that we will also sign the vet DT from new england whose name is escaping me at the moment (we had him in to workout)

      ramming speed to all

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      • #4
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        Rumours abound that we will also sign the vet DT from new england whose name is escaping me at the moment (we had him in to workout)
        Rick Lyle.

        I don't expect the Rams to sign any starting-caliber players after June 1, as they've said they will sit pat with the roster they have now.

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        • #5
          Re: any free agent needs??

          I think a scrap heap TE might be in the cards for post June 1st. I was disappointed that the Rams didn't make any moves for Byron Chamberlain after he was cut by the Redskins. He's got to be an improvement over an aging Cam Cleeland. Man, does that guy know how to drop a football.

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by moklerman
            I think a scrap heap TE might be in the cards for post June 1st.
            Do we have any idea of what post-June 1st tight ends will be out there?

            Sort of unrelated, but I was disappointed when Kleinsasser resigned with the Vikes the day before free agency began. I really think he could have been a major addition to the offense.

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            • #7
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              I agree about Jimmy K., but I never wanted to get too excited about the Rams going after him because I knew he was going to cost more than the Rams could spend. He's a stud H-Back that would fit perfectly into the Rams offense, though. I see him as the next level of Jeff Robinson. JK is in the same mold but in addition to versatile, hard working and full of heart, I think he has more talent/ability than JR. I was sad to see Robinson go too, but he's not worth the millions that Dallas forked out.

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              • #8
                Re: any free agent needs??

                how about a new head coach

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                • #9
                  Re: any free agent needs??

                  We need a proven DT. If a good one were available, we should sign him and dump Lewis or Kennedy (yeah yeah I heard it all before about JK improving... we'll see)

                  We need a proven LB. We are thin there.

                  I'd like to see us pick up a proven DB... we're young there, and thin, as well.

                  For the last couple years I always felt that our defense was playing above their heads, and they they performed better than their aggregate talent. I've been waiting for the other shoe to drop on the defense. I hope I'm wrong, but in my guy, I think this isn't going to be a good year for the defense. Then again, I tend to be pessimistic about this kind of stuff.

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                  • lordwhttgr
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                    Please Rams, don't do anything!!! Free agency is for teams that need spot filled to get better right now. We are not in that group. We need to build great players from the ground up and that comes from the draft. I mean who is out there that we need so bad that we can't wait and see what is available in the draft. In my honest opinion, our Defense is tight and our Offense just needs tweaked to get going. T Austin, Z Stacy and even K Clemens improved through out the year. We beat teams like the Colts, Bears and the Saints. The Rams where the youngest team in the league last year and we reached 7-9. With Sam coming back, I think we can break into the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

                    Stay the course, cause it is way more fun that when we had Linehan and watching 1-15 to 3-13 every year!! We don't need those has bens on our team!!!


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                  • AvengerRam_old
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                    It is entirely unlikely that the Rams will sign multiple big name players.

                    So... while we can all hope, you may want to manage your expectations to avoid disappointment.
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                  • zingers16
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                  • jjigga3000
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                  • eldfan
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                    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.

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                    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, 09:30 AM
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