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  • eldfan
    Rams pretty quite so far in free agency
    by eldfan
    BY JIM THOMAS Posted: Friday, July 29, 2011 12:10 am

    Read more: Rams pretty quiet so far in free agency

    At least five of the Rams' eight draft picks agreed to terms Thursday. At least three of their four restricted free agents plan to sign their one-year tender offers today.

    But in terms of unrestricted free agency, there was a lot of talk but no apparent action. After striking quickly to land Philadelphia safety Quentin Mikell on Tuesday, the first day that NFL teams could negotiate with free agents, no other moves have been made, causing some in Rams Nation to become antsy, frustrated, and even angry.

    But based on the amount of discussion the Rams are having with free agent prospects, it looks like just a matter of time before the Rams add to their roster.

    • At linebacker, the team has been talking to at least four players, and may be looking for both an outside and inside ‘backer. But one of those candidates went off the board Thursday, when Scott Shanle decided to re-sign with New Orleans.

    Stewart Bradley of Philadelphia, Zach Diles of Houston, and Ben Leber of Minnesota all remained possibilities, however, as of Thursday evening.

    • At defensive tackle, the Rams have talked with Justin Bannan, who was released for cap purposes by Denver shortly before the lockout began. Bannan, 32, started all 16 games for the Broncos last season and is considered an upgrade over last year's starter - Gary Gibson. It's not clear at this point if the Rams have any interest in re-signing Gibson.

    The Rams have expressed some interest in Brandon Mebane of Seattle, but aren't considered a frontrunner for his services. Barry Cofield of the New York Giants seemed like a no-brainer at one time because of his past association with coach Steve Spagnuolo, but Cofield agreed to a contract in Washington worth a reported $36 million over six years.

    • At running back, the Rams took a pass on Reggie Bush, who was traded Thursday to Miami. And free agent Darren Sproles of San Diego agreed to terms with New Orleans late Thursday. Instead of seriously pursuing those two elite specialty backs, the Rams appear to be targeting a backup to Steven Jackson capable of carrying the load for a couple, three games should Jackson go down with an injury. Jason Snelling of Atlanta and Jerome Harrison of Philadelphia have emerged as candidates.

    • It has been more difficult to get a read on the offensive guard position. The team talked to Daryn Colledge of Green Bay, but he is headed to Arizona. Leonard Davis of Dallas could be another possibility.

    • At receiver, the Rams apparently are taking a pass on the big names. They have talked to Atlanta's Brian Finneran, a role player over the years for the Falcons.

    In terms of their own unrestricted free agents, the Rams continue to talk to wide receiver Mark Clayton but...
    -07-29-2011, 05:51 AM
  • Nick
    Free agency being pushed back to April?
    by Nick
    NFL | Free agency period could be pushed back
    Tue, 14 Feb 2006 09:18:53 -0800

    Gary Myers, of the New York Daily News, reports the NFL free agent market is scheduled to open March 3, but it could be pushed back until April 1 if there is enough progress made in the next couple of weeks in negotiations for an extension of the collective bargaining agreement. There have been advances in some areas since the Super Bowl ended 10 days ago that could lead to a delay in free agency, according to source with knowledge of the talks. The sides met yesterday in New York. "The only good news is there is a lot of talk," the source said last night. "That is usually a good sign. Both sides are feeling pressure to get it done within a reasonable time period."
    -02-14-2006, 02:05 PM
  • eldfan
    Frustrated by free agency so far? Patience
    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.

    Here's a pretty telling point from Mike Sando today: of the 43 unrestricted free agents with a Pro Bowl appearance, only one is younger than 29-years-old.

    The hardest pill to swallow is the report that the Seahawks are bringing in Broncos WR Brandon Marshall for a visit. Marshall, a RFA, would cost a first round pick, if signed away from the Broncos. Seattle has two of those.

    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, 08:30 AM
  • ramstiles
    college free agents
    by ramstiles
    according to jim thomas on twitter

    Jim Thomas ‏ @jthom1

    Running back Calvin Middleton of Jacksonville (Ala.) State agrees to terms on free agent contract w/Rams.

    Michigan State's 267-pound fullback, Todd Anderson, agrees to terms as rookie free agent with Rams

    Derrick Choice of Stephen F. Austin is at least the 4th linebacker to agree to terms w/Rams as rookie free agent
    Choice was a former college teammate of linebacker Jabara Williams, a 2011 draft pick by the Rams

    Massachusetts long snapper Travis Tripucka agrees to terms as rookie FA w/Rams. Son of former Notre Dame and NBA hoops player Kelly Tripucka

    Two from University of Virgnia agree to terms w/Rams as rookie FAs: safety Rodney McLeod and defensive lineman Matt Conrath

    Two more rookie free agents who have agreed to terms w/Rams: cornerback Jeremy Caldwell, Eastern Kentucky, center T-Bob Hebert, LSU.
    T-Bob Hebert is the son of former New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons quarterback Bobby Hebert

    3 linebackers have agreed to terms as rookie free agents w/Rams: Sammy Ford, Houston; Noah Keller, Ohio; Alex Hoffman-Ellis, Washington St.

    Offensive tackle Joe Long of Wayne State (Detroit, Mich.) agrees to terms as rookie free agent with Rams
    Long is younger brother of former No. 1 overall draft pick Jake Long of Dolphins. Joe won Gene Upshaw award as lineman of year in Div. II.

    Rams agree to terms with Southern Mississippi quarterback Austin Davis as rookie free agent. Threw for 3,046 yards, 30 TDs last season.

    UCLA tight end Cory Harkey agrees to terms with Rams as undrafted rookie free agent

    Duke safety Matt Daniels agrees to terms on rookie free agent contract with Rams

    Louisiana State tight end DeAngelo Peterson agrees to terms on a rookie free agent deal with the Rams

    Per Welcome to - NFL Mock Draft, Syracuse offensive tackle Michael Hay has agreed to terms with Rams as undrafted rookie.

    Rams have agreed to terms on a rookie free agent contract with Oregon State punter John Hekker.
    -04-29-2012, 03:48 AM
  • ramsplaya16
    Smart teams spend little in free agency/Gosselin
    by ramsplaya16
    Smart NFL teams spend little in free agency

    I love what the Green Bay Packers have done thus far in free agency.


    Absolutely nothing.

    The Packers haven't signed any players in free agency nor have they lost any. The Indianapolis Colts also haven't signed any players.

    Football is figuring out what baseball discovered in the 1970s – you can't buy a championship. Which is contrary to public perception.

    There's a frenzy in the fan bases of 32 NFL teams each off-season. Spend. Buy free agents. The bigger the contract, the better the signing. If you're not spending, you're not trying to get better as a football team.

    Au contraire.

    The Green Bay Packers haven't panicked in free agency at the thought of Aaron Rodgers or another quarterback in charge. The Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco ***** and Seattle Seahawks each signed a free agent to a contract in excess of $39 million last off-season. In addition, the Washington Redskins gave aging middle linebacker London Fletcher a $10 million signing bonus, and the Jacksonville Jaguars gave journeyman offensive tackle Tony Pashos another for $9 million.

    All the while, the New York Giants were sitting out the spending spree. To borrow a Jerry Jones term, the Giants were "keeping their powder dry."

    The Giants wound up signing one free agent to fill a specific hole on the depth chart, bottom feeding in late March for linebacker Kawika Mitchell. They gave him a modest one-year, $1 million deal.

    Mitchell is now wearing a Super Bowl ring – and 2007 multi-millionaires Leonard Davis (Cowboys), Eric Steinbach (Browns), Nate Clements (*****), Patrick Kerney (Seahawks), Fletcher and Pashos are not.

    In 2006, the Indianapolis Colts signed only one free agent, and he wasn't even a position player – kicker Adam Vinatieri. The Colts wound up winning the Super Bowl.

    In 2005, the Pittsburgh Steelers also signed only one free agent – wide receiver Cedrick Wilson – to a four-year deal worth less than $10 million. He didn't even start for the Steelers. But guess who won the Super Bowl that year?

    Free agency never has been and never will be the answer. Teams are realizing the game's best players no longer become free. So the smart teams invest their salary cap dollars in re-signing their own players.

    Back in the 1990s, you could sign a difference-maker like Reggie White or Deion Sanders in free agency. But with each passing year, the quality of free agents decreases, yet the quantity of the money increases.

    I had breakfast with an NFL head coach last week, and he shook his head at the fiscal craziness, saying that average players are getting superstar money.

    There were 112 players signed in free agency through the end of business last week....
    -03-21-2008, 09:22 AM