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    03.05.2010 3:50 pm
    Fells to start making trips
    By Jim Thomas
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch


    One of the overlooked surprises of Thursday’s tender deadline for restricted free agents was the decision by the St. Louis Rams not to make a tender offer to tight end Daniel Fells. As a result, Fells is the equivalent of an unrestricted free agent, free to sign anywhere, no strings attached.
    Fells and the Rams continue to talk, but Fells is scheduled to start making free agent trips Sunday, according to league sources.

    Fells, 26, spent the last two games of the season on injured reserve due to a thigh bone injury. He caught 21 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns last season. Only Donnie Avery had more TD catches (5) for the Rams.

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    I'm willing to bet that the Rams are gonna kick themselves in the butt for this move. I forsee them going after him through out the free agency and if they end up getting him back I bet they're gonna spend a lot more money on him than they would have if they tendered him.
    Even if they take a Tight end in the 4th or 5th round of the draft (Particularly Clay, the one they seem high on) the ideal situation is to have a young, vet with experience like Fells to start this upcoming year. They're not gonna spend the money on a bigger name guy like Scheffler.
    We'll see. But I'll put my money on it that they're gonna still go after him pretty hard if he gets offers from other teams.

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      Establishing a foothold in the NFL has been an ongoing struggle for Daniel Fells ever since he entered the league in 2006 as an undrafted rookie with Atlanta.

      And despite career highs for receptions (41) and reception yards (391) last season for the Rams, things appear as tenuous as ever on some levels for the big tight end. For one, he's without a contract. For another, like every NFL player, he's in the midst of a lockout.

      Fells, 27, finally might be in a position to make some decent money, but that's all in limbo as long as the lockout drags on.

      "It's very frustrating," Fells said. "Me and my wife are expecting our first child, so it's one of those things where it's kind of a blessing in disguise. I get to be around and take care of her and make sure everything's going great. She's expecting within the next few weeks. But the uncertainty of our future, it's a little rocky, you know?"

      Even though he's technically not a part of the Rams because he's not under contract, Fells made the trip to St. Louis this week to take part in the team's player-organized informal workouts.

      After practicing at Lindenwood University Monday through Wednesday, the venue was switched to Lutheran South High School, where former Rams strength coach Chuck Faucette is now head football coach. About three dozen Rams have participated in this week's practices at one time or another.

      But heavy rains cancelled Thursday's session. Instead, quarterback Sam Bradford and about eight to 10 receivers spent 30 minutes doing classroom work and then worked for about 45 minutes in the gym at Lutheran South. Afterward, many of them stayed around and played a little basketball.

      Many Rams players will reconvene June 8 in the Phoenix area for another series of workouts organized by cornerback Ron Bartell, linebacker James Laurinaitis and Bradford. Fells headed back to his home in the San Francisco Bay Area later Thursday.

      "I had to come get some football work in, somehow, some way," Fells said. "It's always good just to get on the field and get running around and run some routes, catch some balls from a quarterback. Because you can't simulate football. You know, I can go in the weight room and I can do different workouts and what not, but the only way to get football trained is actually to do football."

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      Devaney, in talking about receivers, noted how the Patriots were able to stretch the field with their tight ends last season. Ideally, Onobun would do that for the Rams. If Onobun can do some damage on the field, Fells would drop to third or even fourth on the depth chart, behind Uh Oh, Onobun and possibly Billy Bajema.
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      For whatever reason, Fells has been a standout in practices since he signed as a rookie free agent with Atlanta in 2006 but the success he’s had there has just never translated to Sundays.

      Never, that is, until last week. After putting in plenty of long hours in meeting rooms and on practice fields, Fells finally got that feeling of accomplishment when he caught two touchdowns from quarterback Kyle Boller on consecutive drives against Green Bay.

      After the game, Fells was inundated with about 45 text messages from friends old and new alike.

      But even in his moment of triumph, Fells wasn’t much in the mood to celebrate. He went home and had dinner with his wife.

      “I have been waiting for the opportunity and it’s real nice but it’s real tough to take because we lost the game,” Fells said. “We wanted to win. It’s tough for us as a team. It’s a personal thing but that’s not what it’s about.”

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