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  • Nick
    You Be the GM: Which Rams free agents do you prioritize over the next two years?
    The following players represent the key Rams personnel who will reach free agency in the next two years.

    Those with a 2019 after their names will become free agents after the current 2018-2019 season is over. Those with a 2020 after their names have one final year on their contract before reaching free agency after the 2019-2020 season.

    Imagine you are Les Snead, and it's time to begin planning for the future. You may choose any of the following options:
    • Keep one 2019 free agent and five 2020 free agents
    • Keep two 2019 free agents and four 2020 free agents
    • Keep three 2019 free agents and three 2020 free agents
    • Keep four 2019 free agents and two 2020 free agents
    • Keep five 2019 free agents and one 2020 free agent

    For the purposes of this hypothetical, assume that contract size and the salary cap are not an issue. You also cannot keep more than six players from this list, so you must choose one of the combinations listed above.

    Who would you choose to bring back, and who would you let test the market?
    • Ndamukong Suh (2019)
    • LaMarcus Joyner (2019)
    • Rodger Saffold (2019)
    • Dante Fowler Jr. (2019)
    • Matt Longacre (2019)
    • Andrew Whitworth (2020)
    • Michael Brockers (2020)
    • Aqib Talib (2020)
    • John Sullivan (2020)
    • Marcus Peters (2020)
    • Greg Zuerlein (2020)
    • Tyler Higbee (2020)
    • Austin Blythe (2020)

    Please share which option you went with, and which players from the list you selected to fill that option....
    -12-29-2018, 11:11 AM
  • Goldenfleece
    What can an uncapped year do for you?
    It won't help you get younger. Assuming there is no collective bargaining agreement signed within the next three weeks, this will mean (a) most of the players who would have been unrestricted free agents will likely be retained by their current teams, (b) the free agents who do hit the open market will mostly be 28 or older because they have to have six years in the league, and (c) the youngest talent in the market will be players who were eligible for free agency several years ago and were unable to land long-term deals.

    This is bad news for the Rams. If the old CBA was intact the Rams would be sitting pretty $35 million under the salary cap. If the owners successfully negotiated the cap down, this would be even better for the Rams because it would put the squeeze on teams that had been playing it close. With no cap, the Rams are just a mid-market team in the middle of a transition in ownership.

    The free agent market will likely be smaller than usual and more expensive. Because there will be so few starters available in free agency, I would predict competition would be more fierce. This has less to do with the lack of a cap and more to do with simple supply and demand. Effectively, the 26-year-old crowd who would normally be up for their second contract will be removed from free agency, but there will still be a market for the 31-year-old third contract group and to a lesser extent the 35+ "I'm not dead yet" market.

    There will still be a few positions we might improve. The quarterback market is likely to be almost non-existent. Even guys like Tarvaris Jackson and Jason Campbell could be retained if their teams so choose, but there will be a few options at back-up runningback including Leon Washington, Willie Parker, Chester Taylor, and Chris Brown. It is unlikely that a true #1 receiver will hit the market, and only a small number of solid #2's. L.J. Smith, formerly of the Eagles, might be an option at tight end, and Ben Watson will be one of the top names in free agency if he is available. The best starter prospects are probably at defensive end: Julius Peppers, Aaron Kampman, and Kyle Vanden Bosch are all possibilities provided they are not tagged. There may be a few options at linebacker including Gary Brackett, Scott Fujita, Angelo Crowell, Cato June, and Tully Banta-Cain.
    -02-14-2010, 09:29 PM
  • RamBill
    Who Will Be the Most Overpriced NFL Free Agents?
    NFL insiders Pete Prisco and Will Brinson take a look at which players might get a larger contract than what they are worth. Ed Reed? Wes Welker? Anthony Spencer?

    Which free agent do you think will be over-paid?
    -02-21-2013, 08:30 AM
  • AvengerRam_old
    Any interest in remaining Free Agents?
    Which of the following Free Agents should the Rams try to sign?
    Jamie Sharper
    Jason Fisk
    Grady Jackson
    Brentson Buckner
    Ty Law
    None of the Above: Stick with the Current Roster
    None of the Above: Wait for the Post June 1 FA Market
    -05-09-2006, 10:14 AM
  • HUbison
    It's a free-for-all for the free agents
    It's a free-for-all for the free agents
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch

    The competition for talent early in free agency has become so keen that neither the team nor the player wants to mess around.

    Almost every year since the start of the current NFL free agency system, the top players go quickly, and this year has been no different.

    On March 2, at the start of the free agency period, the Post-Dispatch listed the top five free agents in nine positional categories. Of the 45 players listed, only eight are still looking for jobs just 3 1/2 weeks into free agency.

    So the feeding frenzy hasn't changed. If anything, it has become even more frenzied. It used to be that free agents visited several cities before deciding on a new team.

    Remember the Reggie White "Tour Across America" in 1993? The late Minister of Defense visited enough towns to have a division named after him before deciding on Green Bay in '93, the first year of the current system. But such tours are nearly nonexistent these days. Players usually go to a city to sign a contract. No fuss. No muss. Some sign without even taking a visit.

    "This year, it seems to have been very dramatic," said Jay Zygmunt, the Rams' president of football operations. "I don't know the exact percentage, but so many players are not making the multiple visits."

    The competition for talent early in free agency has become so keen that neither the team nor the player wants to mess around.

    "The best players are available early on," Zygmunt said. "The most money's available early on. And it's almost like there's a synergy that just says, 'Hey, this is the time to make a deal.'"

    This year, the Rams did just that, signing linebackers Dexter Coakley and Chris Claiborne on the first two days of free agency.

    Similarly, Dallas made waves early in free agency by signing cornerback Anthony Henry (Cleveland), defensive tackle Jason Ferguson (New York Jets) and offensive guard Marco Rivera (Green Bay). Those three players accounted for nearly $28 million in signing bonus money.

    Carolina jumped on cornerback Ken Lucas (Seattle) and offensive guard Mike Wahle (Green Bay), for a combined $16.4 million in signing bonus.

    "Everyone's looking for the big splash," Zygmunt said.

    But the best players aren't necessarily the ones with the most name recognition. Teams frequently fall into the trap of buying "names" instead of buying players.

    "As you well know, the best players (often) are the guys signed that the public doesn't even know who they are," Zygmunt said. "As opposed to signing the aging veteran, which everybody does. ... Sometimes you get caught up in the thrill of the chase."
    -03-27-2005, 04:12 PM