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  • Plenty of Visits..No Contracts signed yet.

    *i used a different title for the clan than the article used thought it was a bit misleading in that it sounds like old news*

    Rams getting plenty of visitors these days


    Willie Parker liked his visit with the Rams. But do the Rams like Parker enough to offer him a free-agent contract?

    "Willie enjoyed the visit, enjoyed the coaches and the people he met," said Parker's agent, Douglas Hendrickson. "He liked the possibility of teaming up with Steven Jackson in the backfield."

    Hendrickson will continue to talk with the Rams next week. But Parker came and went without a contract offer from St. Louis, as apparently was the case with four other free agents who visited Rams Park on Thursday and Friday.

    The others were cornerback Kevin Dockery of the New York Giants, fullback Jason McKie of Chicago and defensive ends Reggie Hayward of Jacksonville and Jimmy Wilkerson of Tampa Bay.

    It's unusual for so many visits to be squeezed into such a tight time period. But the Rams were caught between the crunch of pro days for draft prospects and next week's NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. The Rams may not necessarily be in a hurry to sign any of these free agents, but they wanted to at least meet with them and have them take physicals.

    Indications are that the Rams intend to find a strong backup to Jackson in the backfield. It's supposed to be a deep draft at the position, but if the Rams think highly enough of Parker it puts less pressure on them to select a running back during the three-day draft April 22-24.

    At cornerback, Dockery was not tendered by the Giants as a restricted free agent this offseason. In four years with the team, Dockery seemingly had carved a niche as a special teams player, nickel cornerback and spot starter.

    He had five starts combined in 2007 and '08 when Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo was the Giants' defensive coordinator. At 5-10, 188 pounds, Dockery has 10 career starts and three career interceptions, and has scored two touchdowns — one on an interception return and one on a blocked field goal.

    At defensive end, the visits by Hayward and Wilkerson may be an indication that the Rams aren't optimistic about the chances of veteran free agents Leonard Little and James Hall returning.

    Wilkerson, 29, spent his first five NFL seasons with Kansas City before coming into his own in Tampa Bay in 2008 and '09. He had only one career sack to show for his time with the Chiefs but in Tampa Bay had five sacks in '08 and six last season — his first season as a full-time starter.

    Wilkerson suffered a season-ending knee injury in Game 15 last season and had surgery in January. Rams doctors were said to be impressed with how far along Wilkerson is in his rehab. He's expected to be cleared to play by August. Like Parker, Wilkerson felt comfortable with the Rams during his visit. Tampa Bay is trying to re-sign him as an unrestricted free agent.

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    Re: Plenty of Visits..No Contracts signed yet.

    I know I have posted this in other topics, but I just can not stress it enough: Bring Willie Parker to STL! His speed would be a great compliment to Steven Jackson's power. Plus, he could be a 10x better bak-up then Darby, right?


    • #3
      Re: Plenty of Visits..No Contracts signed yet.

      Originally posted by Ahmedrams81 View Post
      I know I have posted this in other topics, but I just can not stress it enough: Bring Willie Parker to STL! His speed would be a great compliment to Steven Jackson's power. Plus, he could be a 10x better bak-up then Darby, right?
      i am pro-Parker..not sure how much speed he has left tho... ( it may be that those injuries slowed him down for a while or could be they slowed him down for good)
      he is a different type of RB than Darby tho and Darby offers some things that Parker doesnt... Darby is a good pass blocker,the best we have on our roster and possibly our F.A & Draft Radar..

      i say we could do with both,as Ogbonnaya developes..


      • #4
        Re: Plenty of Visits..No Contracts signed yet.

        I want Willie too, he may not be long term like a draft pick but let's save that pick for another critical position and fill this need now!


        • #5
          Re: Plenty of Visits..No Contracts signed yet.

          it sounds like Wilkerson had a good visit too,Rams docs impressed with his rehab progress.....could be the new Vanden Bosch..a DE who did little with his first NFL team ,then took off with his 2nd..tho of course we would be his 3rd..


          • #6
            Re: Plenty of Visits..No Contracts signed yet.

            Lots of visits and no signings could mean two things, They are seriously looking to trade down for multiple picks and they are just trying to make it look like they are keeping active in free agency,or all the unsigned visitors are comedians and the needed some much needed comic relief!


            • #7
              Re: Plenty of Visits..No Contracts signed yet.

              Originally posted by theodus69 View Post
              Lots of visits and no signings could mean two things, They are seriously looking to trade down for multiple picks and they are just trying to make it look like they are keeping active in free agency,or all the unsigned visitors are comedians and the needed some much needed comic relief!
              its worth pointing out that the majority of our F.A pick ups,certainly during the Off-seasons,both this year and last... have signed contracts after leaving without signing one.
              i think we`ll sign Dockery..with Parker & Wilkerson being 50/50 and Hayward & McKie as the rank outsiders.
              i dont think they`ll sign both Wilkerson AND Hayward..but could definately end up signing one of them, then select another DE in the draft.


              • #8
                Re: Plenty of Visits..No Contracts signed yet.

                Well one thing we have lacked in recent years is depth. And that has killed us year after year. Hope sign plenty of depth. And you never know what a new start can do for a signee!


                • #9
                  Re: Plenty of Visits..No Contracts signed yet.

                  why are we signing guys who had average/poor previous seasons?


                  • #10
                    Re: Plenty of Visits..No Contracts signed yet.

                    Originally posted by rNemesis View Post
                    why are we signing guys who had average/poor previous seasons?
                    players who had good/great previous seasons don`t tend to become available ..especially when theres no salary cap to keep under.

                    as soon as it was known that there would be no salary cap..this is the only kind of Off-season we were gonna have....should get a few starters in the draft tho. under the circumstances i think we doin` pretty well so far..


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