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    —Coach Steve Spagnuolo filled the team's vacant job of receivers coach by hiring Nolan Cromwell, who played 11 seasons as a safety for the Rams from 1977-87 and first coached with the Rams as special-teams and defensive assistant in 1991.

    Cromwell was an assistant with the Packers and Seahawks from 1992-2007, and was a receivers coach from 1998-2007. He was the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M the last two years.

    The opening on the Rams' staff occurred when Charlie Baggett left to become assistant head coach and receivers coach at the University of Tennessee.

    —Starting Feb. 11, teams have until Feb. 25 to decide whether to place franchise and/or transition tags on their free agents. In an uncapped year, a team can use one of each.

    Last season, free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe played under the $6.342 million franchise tag. As a player with five accrued seasons, he will be a restricted free agent but can still be franchised.

    To franchise him again would mean a 20 percent increase in his salary to $7.61 million with two first-round picks as compensation. If restricted, it would be a 10 percent increase for a salary of $6.976 million with compensation of first- and third-round picks.

    —Defensive end/linebacker Ricky Foley, who had 12 sacks last season in the Canadian Football League with the British Columbia Lions, recently had a tryout with the Rams.

    The New York Jets and Philadelphia also have interest in Foley, who is 6-2, 256. He was briefly with the Baltimore Ravens during the 2006 offseason.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "Way too early. And free agency could impact that. We're not close to that point yet." — General manager Billy Devaney on talks of trading the first overall pick in the draft.



    With the first overall selection in the draft, the Rams will be looking closely at several options as the offseason progresses.

    Paramount in their decision-making will be the quarterback situation. Marc Bulger is scheduled to be paid $8.5 million in 2010, and 2009 rookies Keith Null and Mike Reilly are the only other quarterbacks under contract.


    1. Wide receiver: The returning group has a bunch of complementary receivers, but no proven standout. The Rams have to find a way to score points and take the defensive pressure away from running back Steven Jackson.

    2. Quarterback: Will Bulger return? Will the first few rounds bring another young quarterback to develop? Those questions will dominate the offseason leading up to the draft.

    3. Defensive lineman: There is a need for both a presence inside and on the edge where the futures of Leonard Little and James Hall are unknown. A consistent pass rush from both spots is needed.

    FRANCHISE PLAYER: To be determined.

    TRANSITION PLAYER: To be determined.


    —QB Kyle Boller was inconsistent when he played in 2009 and had injury issues. It's not out of the question he could be back on a one-year contract.

    —DE James Hall was a leader in the locker room and a solid contributor. His age works against him, but there's not a lot of depth at the position.

    —S Clinton Hart was with the team in the last half of the season and didn't play much. A one-year deal would be a possibility.

    —LB Paris Lenon was solid after the trade of Will Witherspoon and could return but only on a one-year deal.

    —DE Leonard Little ended the season with a knee injury but remains the team's best pass rusher when healthy.

    —LS Chris Massey suffered a season-ending knee injury and his replacement, Ryan Neill, was fine. At best, Massey would be offered a one-year deal.

    —TE Randy McMichael was a huge disappointment as a receiver because of drops and is unlikely to be offered a new contract.

    RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (*indicates restricted because of uncapped year)

    —*DE Victor Adeyanju was inactive for a large part of the first half of the season, then played because of injuries. He still could be tendered at the minimum.

    —*S Oshiomogho Atogwe was the franchise player last season, so the Rams have to decide whether to tender him with a franchise or transition tag or as a restricted free agent. The difference would be about $630,000.

    —*OT Alex Barron has had penalty issues but is durable and has never missed a start because of injury. On a one-year tender, he might return.

    —S Eric Bassey missed the 2009 season because of a knee injury, and the minimum tender of $1.101 million is probably too expensive. He could sign for the third-year minimum of $545,000.

    —S Craig Dahl is a versatile player who played a variety of roles and was very good on special teams. He might get the second-round tender of $1.684 million.

    —TE Daniel Fells has shown flashes but lacks consistency. He will probably receive the minimum tender.

    —*RB Samkon Gado is versatile and solid on special teams but might not get the minimum tender.

    —*DT Gary Gibson was solid in the rotation, but ended the season on injured reserve with a broken ankle. The question is whether the minimum tender is too pricey.

    —*WR Ruvell Martin hardly got on the field after being signed following the start of the season.

    —LS Ryan Neill did a good job as Chris Massey's replacement, but the Rams might not want to pay their long snapper $1.101 million. He could be offered the third-year minimum of $545,000.

    —NT Clifton Ryan isn't outstanding but is a consistent hard worker whose ability is needed at a position lacking depth. He could get the second-round tender of $1.684 million.

    —*OG Mark Setterstrom battled back from knee injuries only to suffer a triceps injury near the end of the season. If he's brought back, it will probably be at the fourth-year minimum of $630,000.

    —CB Jonathan Wade fell out of favor quickly and hardly played near the end of the season. It would be a surprise if he's tendered.


    —RB Kenneth Darby is a decent backup and pass-catcher, but hasn't shown he can be the main backup to Steven Jackson.

    —WR Jordan Kent quickly became one of the team's best special-teams players in coverage.

    —OT Ryan McKee joined the team late in the season but could compete at right tackle.

    —DE C.J. Ah You missed the second half of the season with a knee injury, but prior to that he was contributing in the line rotation and on special teams.

    —LB Larry Grant didn't progress as coaches hoped, but he did contribute on special teams.

    —LB David Vobora started on the strong side except for the four games he missed for a suspension regarding performance-enhancing drugs. He still has a lot to learn but was solid in first year of new system.

    —CB Quincy Butler made some plays in the preseason, but not as many in the games that counted. He did start some games before suffering a knee injury late in the season.

    —S David Roach was decent on special teams, but not much else. Will at least compete for a roster spot again.




  • #2
    Re: Rams Report

    I would gamble with Atogwe and transition him.
    sigpic :ram::helmet:


    • #3
      Re: Rams Report

      Originally posted by laram0 View Post
      I would gamble with Atogwe and transition him.
      The only problem with that is we will only get a 1st and 3rd back in return and there is no guarantee we will find a player as talented. Then we have once again created another hole where we already have a good player.
      Aim high Willis, Aim High!


      • #4
        Re: Rams Report

        man, so many injuries.


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          Another rookie, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, has opened some eyes with soft hands and the ability to get down the field. General manager Billy Devaney said Hoomanawanui showed his ability at the Senior Bowl after not being utilized consistently in the University of Illinois offense. Said Spagnuolo, "Mike's done a nice job. Even in the personnel meeting the other day, there were a lot of good comments about him, so I think he's coming along."

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          "We're hopeful that he'll be able to do something in training camp. That's the hope and that would put him ahead of schedule because that was a pretty good injury that he had. Now, I don't know, it may be wishful thinking on my part, but he's been doing a great job in rehab. He's really excelled in the rehab."

          —Coach Steve Spagnuolo on CB Bradley Fletcher.


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