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2011 NFL Season Preview:

Veteran Additions:
OC Josh McDaniels, RB Cadillac Williams, RB Jerious Norwood, WR Mike Sims-Walker, G Harvey Dahl, DT Justin Bannan, DT Daniel Muir, OLB Ben Leber, OLB Zach Diles, OLB Brady Poppinga, OLB Larry Grant, CB Al Harris, S Quintin Mikell.
Early Draft Picks:
DE Robert Quinn, TE Lance Kendricks, WR Austin Pettis, WR Greg Salas, SS Jermale Hines.
Offseason Losses:
OC Pat Shurmur, FB Mike Karney, WR Mark Clayton, WR Laurent Robinson, OLB David Vobora FS O.J. Atogwe.

2011 St. Louis Rams Offense:
The Super Six is a nickname given to the top six quarterbacks in the NFL on this Web site for betting purposes. The list is comprised of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger. Combined, they are an amazing 92-44 against the spread as underdogs since 2003. In other words, anyone who has been betting on the Super Six giving points on each occasion is now filthy rich.

Sam Bradford could make it Super Seven soon enough. He's that good. As a rookie, the cerebral Bradford compiled 3,512 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions despite playing with an abysmal receiving corps. When his wideouts weren't dropping balls (28 drops), they were struggling to get open.

While Bradford's supporting cast should improve - more on that later - the second-year signal-caller figures to take major strides of his own. Josh McDaniels flopped as a head coach in Denver, but he's still one of the most brilliant offensive minds in the NFL. If he can turn Matt Cassel and Kyle Orton into solid starters, imagine what he'll do with Bradford. Yes, the lockout prohibited McDaniels from speaking to his quarterback, but Josh's brother, Ben, worked with Bradford all spring and summer. Ben was Josh's quarterbacks coach in Denver, so Bradford should be ready to go come Sept. 11.

The big question, at least in the fantasy football realm, is which of Bradford's receivers will step up to become the next Brandon Lloyd. With Mark Clayton still hampered by a knee injury, the early money was on Danario Alexander, an athletic rookie who had six catches for 99 yards in the penultimate game of the 2010 season. The Rams signed Mike Sims-Walker after the lockout, so he's also a possibility.

As for secondary targets, Danny Amendola is a slot receiver who logged 85 receptions last year and will continue to serve as Bradford's version of Wes Welker. Also in the mix is rookie tight end Lance Kendricks. Yes, rookies will take a while to progress in the shortened offseason, but Kendricks has reportedly shined in training camp. Since Bradford is ready to take the next step in becoming an elite quarterback, Kendricks could be a rare exception to the rookie-lockout rule.

Though the Rams didn't secure a definite No. 1 receiver, they did a great job in finding an upgrade on the offensive line. Harvey Dahl was one of the best linemen on the market, and he'll slide into the right guard slot. He should help Jason Smith, the lone liability when it comes to pass protection on St. Louis' front. Smith was OK for most of the year, but was beaten like a rented mule in the important finale at Seattle, where he surrendered a whopping three sacks.

On the other side of the offensive line, left tackle Rodger Saffold yielded only three sacks despite being a rookie last year. Left guard Jacob Bell has never lived up to his 6-year, $36 million contract, but has been pretty solid. Center Jason Brown is a poor run-blocker, but was responsible for only one sack in 2010.

Meanwhile, Steven Jackson figures to benefit from the additions of McDaniels and Dahl. A more seasoned Bradford will keep defenses honest, while Dahl will undoubtedly improve Jackson's pedestrian run-blocking. Jackson's 3.8 YPC average is bound to improve, and he'll also be able to take a breather once in a while, thanks to the acquisitions of Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood.

2011 St. Louis Rams Defense:
St. Louis' defensive rankings in terms of points allowed between 2005 and 2009: 31st, 31st, 31st, 28th and 31st. Last year: 12th. Think Steve Spagnuolo made a difference?

Spagnuolo became famous for his pass rush with the Giants, and he has installed something similar with St. Louis. The Rams had 43 sacks in 2010, good for seventh in the NFL. Coming over from New York to join his former defensive coordinator, defensive tackle Fred Robbins had a phenomenal year, mustering six sacks and shutting down the run. He helped left end Chris Long come along and reach his full potential. Long had just 8.5 sacks and should have notched several more, but that doesn't nearly say how well he played. He terrorized opposing quarterbacks all season, as he and Robbins opened things up for right end James Hall and his 10.5 sacks.

Hall turned 34 in February, so that's an issue. Because of this, St. Louis spent the 14th-overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft on defensive end Robert Quinn, who probably would have gone in the top five if he wasn't suspended for violating the NCAA's asinine rules. However, St. Louis fans should temper their expectations regarding Quinn. He'll probably be great eventually, but it'll be surprising if he contributes much this season. He'll be eased into the lineup since he hasn't played football in almost two years.

Two new additions to the defense who will play immediately are defensive tackle Justin Bannan, who was solid for Denver last year, and Quintin Mikell, a solid 31-year-old strong safety who is familiar with Spagnuolo's scheme. Since Mikell knows how to play for Spagnuolo, he won't be at a major disadvantage like many other free agents in this shortened offseason.

Mikell will be a major upgrade at strong safety, but the Rams lost free safety O.J. Atogwe to Washington. That's St. Louis' most glaring hole, as pedestrian defensive backs James Butler and Craig Dahl are the only realistic options to fill that void.

As for cornerback, the Rams are set with their starters, but need depth. Thanks to the team's great pass rush, Ronald Bartell and Bradley Fletcher combined to allow a 51.7 completion percentage and only six passing touchdowns in 2010. However, the front office was so desperate to find reserves at the position that it signed Al Harris immediately following the lockout. That speaks volumes.

The best player in the back seven is inside linebacker James Laurinaitis, the leader of the defense. Laurinaitis wasn't selected to the Pro Bowl, but he definitely performed on that level. He'll need to repeat this in 2011, since he'll be playing next to either Ben Leber or Zach Diles, and Na'il Diggs, all three of whom wouldn't be starters on many other teams.

2011 St. Louis Rams Schedule and Intangibles:
Remember when the Edwards Jones Dome was such a huge advantage for the Greatest Show on Turf? Sam Bradford will have to rekindle that magic, much like Matt Ryan did with the Georgia Dome. The Rams were 5-3 as hosts last year, so that's a start.

Josh Brown is one of the NFL's top kickers; he drilled 33-of-39 attempts last season. He's hit at least 80 percent of his attempts in all but one year dating back to 2005.

Donnie Jones continued to reign as one of the league's best punters, maintaining a 45.5 average with 32-of-94 kicks inside the 20.

St. Louis surrendered two special-teams scores this past season - its seventh and eighth since 2006. Meanwhile, the Rams failed to score on a kickoff or punt return for the second year in a row.

The Rams have a brutal schedule to kick off the year. They battle the Eagles (home), Giants (road) and Ravens (home). After two byes (Redskins and the real bye), they go up against the Packers (road), Cowboys (road) and Saints (home). Things get a lot easier after that, but a poor start could really put St. Louis in a hole.

2011 St. Louis Rams Positional Rankings (1-5 stars):

Offensive Line
Running Backs
Defensive Line
Special Teams

2011 St. Louis Rams Analysis: Unlike last year, the NFC West won't be representing a postseason team by default; the Rams would be a legitimate playoff contender in any division, assuming Sam Bradford progresses under Josh McDaniels. And there's no reason for that not to happen.

The only concern regarding St. Louis is that aforementioned brutal schedule in the first two months of the season. And that's where the good old NFC West comes in. Since no team is bound to jump out to a 6-3 or 5-4 record, or anything, the Rams should be able to catch up if they fall a bit behind.

Projection: 9-7 (1st in NFC West)

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Wise Man Says 03-03-2012 09:19 pm (total posts: 25)
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We've seen year after year, with both Bulger & Bradford, that without a real #1 WR, even when the QB does get protection, he looks like a deer in headlights & is taking coverage sacks. No WR threat has allowed defenses to stack the box against Jackson, overwhelm the OL, and shut down red zone offense. That's why the Rams have been pitiful at scoring points. At this point, Jason Smith's poor performance is less concerning to me than the fact he seems injury prone and is such a big cap hit for how little he provides. He's clearly not good enough to play LT and was a horrible pick at #2 (I could have told you that in 2009), but I wouldn't count him as worthless just yet. I really want to see the Rams starting OL get some time to play together before I come to conclusions on what they're capable of, but they keep getting hurt and there's no consistency (but maybe that's really why there needs to be a change)
Wise Man Says 03-03-2012 09:16 pm (total posts: 25)
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WR is the biggest need for the Rams, not OL. Rams have needed a #1 WR for years. The OL has definitely struggled both in terms of play and staying healthy, but the Rams have a fair amount of talent on the line (there's a reason it's one of the most expensive in the NFL; even if it hasn't shown of late). Time to gel/create chemistry and sync up is MAJOR for OL's and with all the different OL combinations the Rams have had the past couple years, as a result of injuries, there's been no chance to develop that chemistry. Not saying you can't upgrade the line, or shouldn't. Just saying there's still some potential on the line and it shouldn't be a #1 priority that would keep the Rams from making moves at other positions (in my mind, mainly WR & CB, and maybe OLB). If the OL was that horrible, how did SJax end up with 1,145 yds. & avg. 4.4 ypc (with D's stacking the box). He's a beast, but you don't do that alone.
party pat 02-03-2012 10:27 am (total posts: 4)
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just noticed for the 1st time that you have darian stewart listed as a free safety when he didn't play that position all year quintin mikell did. You may not like stewart but he is an up and comer 84 tackles 3 sacks 2 forced fumbles and an interception and a TD being undrafted he seems to be putting up great value this last year sharing time with craig dahl even who also put up decent stats 61 tackles 2 forced fumbles and an interception. the free safety we did have this last year was quintin mikell who had 91 tackles 5 forced fumbles a fumble recovery a sack and 2 interceptions. now where in those stats do you think we should get another safety. here is a tip you should get your stats from some other place besides madden a good place i know of is and maybe watch a game before you say something that only makes you look bad
49ers4life 01-28-2012 02:42 pm (total posts: 1)
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Please trade the 2nd pick, Aldon wants to retire Sammy for good next season. =)
party pat 01-27-2012 06:44 pm (total posts: 4)
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sorry walt that last comment was meant for charlie campbell not you. kudos on the rams draft through the 1st 4 rounds i def like it and it all seems pretty realistic the zach brown falling to us in the 2nd would be amazing but im having a hard time seeing it happen and the 4th round im seeing that to be the time to strike and take a runing back especially with isaiah pead on the board in the 6th and 7th round there is always one good lineman left way back there like ive been preaching carl nicks was taken in the 5th and chris myers the 6th so it isn't impossible by any means to get great lineman deep in the draft especially if they can light a fire under our lineman on the roster or serve as good depth
party pat 01-27-2012 06:23 pm (total posts: 4)
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@walt why would the rams in your opinion take an offensive tackle in the 1st round when rodger saffold is a pretty good left tackle and with harvey dahl moved to right tackle both positions are sealed. why not instead revamp the interior of the line in the later rounds of the draft the top interior lineman in free agency carl nicks chris myers and evan mathis were all drafted 3rd round or later with jacob bell going into free agency and being over 30 playing not so well in either a zone or man scheme i don't see the rams retaining his services i will give it to him he can pass block better than most guards in zone surprisingly but there is better options also jason brown the center i'm not sure what his problem is but he played a lot less stellar this year than he did last year both years not so good for the pro bowler (played like crap after leaving the ravens) then no one knows how well jason smith can play or if he can even play the guard position at all but it is worth giving him another year to see. with jason brown still in his contract i would give him one more shot as well because he can play at a much higher level than what he is. so grabbing one big free agent like carl nicks would be the best plan to replace jacob bell then draft two talented players at right guard and center in the later rounds of the draft as well as a half back.
party pat 01-26-2012 07:42 am (total posts: 4)
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a few free agent moves that need to be made for the rams is to resign donnie jones, gary gibson(most underrated backup DT), and brandon lloyd and to add depth we should bring back weak side linebacker chris chamberlain CB rod hood olb bryan kehl and danny amendola. to put jacob bell over gary gibson is almost slightly offensive
razorbacks 01-23-2012 03:05 pm (total posts: 2)
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Trade with Redskins for RG3

1.6 Trent Richardson RB, Alabama

2.1 Zach Brown WLB, N Carolina
2.7 Chase Minnifield CB, Virginia

3.2 Ben Jones C, Georgia
3.6 Bobby Massie OT, Mississippi

4.1 Emmanuel Acho SLB, Texas
4.7 Jarius Wright WR, Arkansas

6.2 Cody Johnson FB, Texas

7.1 Anson Kelton P, TCU
Funk 01-22-2012 02:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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I would rather Lloyd stay so they have someone at WR, but he isn't worth the cost of a Franchise tag in my opinion. There will be other options at WR in FA. As much of a douche as Santonio Holmes is, maybe he will follow Schottie over and provide a veteran prescence.
party pat 01-21-2012 03:47 pm (total posts: 6)
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does anyone remember when the giants faked injuries to win the monday night football game right when the rams were on fire now they are on their way to the nfc championship. i really bet no one remembers when eli manning claimed to be just as good as tom brady that he was in the top 5 qb category. in my opinion tom brady and bellicik are lucky cheaters they get away with the tuck rule and spygate and no repercussions but that's alright because ben rothlesberger raped a woman and got away with it plaxico accidentally shoots himself and goes to prison mike vick holds dog fights goes to prison but that all makes sense because they are black. rodger goodell seems to make up a rule each week so whenever a ref makes a bad call it will be over looked.
justsayin 01-21-2012 10:58 am (total posts: 1)
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@AJ stats don't tell the whole story on anyone's performance. Stewart is still young and made some great plays for us this season. He may be average now, but he has tremendous potential as you would see if you actually watched him play. He was one of the stars on our defense this year and he will get better as he matures in the league. He is the type of players the Rams have been missing on in the first place. Look at those elite teams, they have low picked players and undrafted players that have a lot of potential and just need a bit of coaching and turn themselves into elite players. Also when he came up and blitzed as a box safety he wreaked havoc on teams, and with Gregg Williams coming here he will be used in my eyes in the same way he used Roman Harper. I went to 6 out our 8 home games and watched them thoroughly, Darian Stewart and Mikell have a chemistry going, he definitely should have a starting spot next year, no question.
will 01-20-2012 08:01 pm (total posts: 1)
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wpellegrene on youtube
RamsFan 01-20-2012 12:39 am (total posts: 3)
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A decent offense***
And I hope Fisher hires Hue Jackson as his new OC. That would be an all-star coaching staff that could have the Rams being contenders very soon.
RamsFan 01-20-2012 12:37 am (total posts: 3)
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I can't wait to see how wrong you will be when the Rams don't draft Kalil and Saffold does well at LT. I like your new draft. Give us Blackmon in the trade down at #4. Give us Brockers the LSU DT at #22 that the Browns still have in your mock for some reason. Zach Brown at 33. C Ben Jones in 3rd round. A RT in 4th round. The OL is solved (without Kalil) and upgrade WR, DT, and OLB. Get Finnegan in FA, get a starting WR in FA, resign Cadilac as backup and that's a decent (we can hope, right ;) ) The defense has some new starters along with more and better depth and the Rams at looking at a Super Bowl in 2012-2013 ;). Hire me as the new GM Kroenke!!!!!!!
bighead 01-19-2012 02:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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2011 NFL Draft Grades:

St. Louis' goal in the 2011 NFL Draft was to find as much help for Sam Bradford as possible. A job well done, for the most part.

Lance Kendricks, Austin Pettis and Greg Salas are all quality weapons that Bradford could turn into fantasy studs. However, I would have liked to have seen St. Louis find an upgrade on the offensive line, namely at guard. There were players at that position for the taking in Rounds 3 and 4, but the Rams passed on them. Maybe they have their eye on someone in free agency.

Meanwhile, the Robert Quinn selection was awesome. St. Louis' pass rush was already really good. It's scary to think what Steve Spagnuolo can do with a talent like Quinn across from the underrated Chris Long.

Overall 2011 NFL Draft Grade given on 5/1/11: B+

2011 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

14. Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
With all of these quarterbacks going way early than they should, there are bound to be a couple of lucky teams that land blue-chip studs in the teens and early 20s. The Rams are fortunate enough to be one of them.

Robert Quinn would have been a top-five pick if he played in 2010. The Rams are landing the best player available and filling a huge need across from Chris Long. This is a fantastic pick. (Pick Grade: A)

47. Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin
I thought Josh McDaniels only liked blocking tight ends? Weird. Anyway, Lance Kendricks definitely fills a huge need for the Rams, and I bet Sam Bradford is thrilled with this pick. However, I feel this is a bit early for Kendricks. (Pick Grade: B)

78. Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State
Much like the Lance Kendricks pick, the Rams' selection of Austin Pettis is a slight reach that fills an enormous hole on the roster. Sam Bradford once again has to be happy because he has another much-needed weapon to work with. (Pick Grade: B)

112. Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii
The Rams must not be optimistic about Donnie Avery's recovery, at least not for 2011. I'm a fan of this pick. Greg Salas could have been drafted in the third round, and it never hurts to give Sam Bradford as many weapons as possible. (Pick Grade: A)

158. Jermale Hines, SS, Ohio State
I had Jermale Hines to the Rams in the seventh round, so I think this is a bit of a reach. St. Louis had to find some competition at strong safety, however, so I understand this selection. (Pick Grade: C)

216. Mikail Baker, DB, Baylor
I've never heard of Mikail Baker, so I had to look him up. He's not listed in Scouts Inc., and he's No. 744 at NFL Draft Scout. A seventh-round prospect? More like a 17th-round prospect. I don't believe in giving F grades in the seventh round, so... (Pick Grade: D)

228. Jabara Williams, OLB, Stephen F. Austin
I thought the Rams would find help at linebacker earlier than this. Jabara Williams fits the range and fills a need. (Pick Grade: B)

229. Jonathan Nelson, CB, Oklahoma
Here's another position that could have been addressed earlier. This is Jonathan Nelson's range, so St. Louis made another solid pick. (Pick Grade: B)

Season Summary:
I guess the Rams made the right choice by taking Sam Bradford last April. Bradford had a phenomenal rookie year, and even though he came up short against the Seahawks in the finale, the future is definitely bright in St. Louis.

Offseason Moves:
  • Rams cut OLB David Vobora
  • Rams sign OLB Ben Leber
  • Rams sign OT Quinn Ojinnaka
  • Rams re-sign G Adam Goldberg
  • Rams re-sign DT Gary Gibson
  • Chargers sign WR Laurent Robinson
  • Rams sign RB Cadillac Williams
  • Rams sign OLB Brady Poppinga
  • Rams sign RB Jerious Norwood
  • Rams sign DT Daniel Muir
  • Broncos sign TE Daniel Fells
  • Browns acquire G John Greco from Rams for late-round pick
  • Rams sign DT Justin Bannan
  • Rams re-sign G Jacob Bell
  • 49ers sign OLB Larry Grant
  • Rams sign G Harvey Dahl
  • Rams sign WR Mike Sims-Walker
  • Rams cut G Jacob Bell
  • Rams sign CB Al Harris
  • Rams sign S Quintin Mikell
  • Redskins sign FS O.J. Atogwe
  • Rams re-sign CB Justin King
  • Rams tender G Renardo Foster
  • Rams tender WR Danny Amendola
  • Rams tender DE C.J. Ah You
  • Rams re-sign G John Greco
  • Rams tender OLB Chris Chamberlain
  • Rams cut FS O.J. Atogwe
  • Rams cut FB Mike Karney

    Offseason Needs:
    1. Wide Receiver: General manager Billy Devaney's No. 1 priority this offseason is to find a weapon for Sam Bradford. He can do this by taking Julio Jones with the No. 14 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Signed Mike Sims-Walker; drafted Austin Pettis and Greg Salas

    2. Left Guard: The Rams signed Harvey Dahl, but cut Jacob Bell later that same day. Re-signed Jacob Bell

    3. Free Safety: O.J. Atogwe was released. The Rams need a replacement.

    4. Defensive Tackle: St. Louis has to find an upgrade next to Fred Robbins on the defensive front. At 285 pounds, Gary Gibson is just too overmatched. Fortunately, the 2011 NFL Draft is packed with quality defensive tackle prospects. Signed Justin Bannan and Daniel Muir

    5. Weakside Linebacker: The combination of Larry Grant and Chris Chamberlain failed at weakside linebacker. Greg Jones and Mason Foster are Round 2 options. Signed Ben Leber and Zach Diles

    6. Strong Safety: The obvious hole in St. Louis' secondary is at strong safety, occupied by James Butler and Craig Dahl this season. A potential upgrade can be found in Rounds 2-4 of the 2011 NFL Draft. Signed Quintin Mikell; drafted Jermale Hines

    7. Tight End: Michael Hoomanawanui looked promising at times during his rookie campaign, but the Rams may want to think about bringing in a better tight end. Drafted Lance Kendricks

    8. Running Back: The Rams will likely spend a mid-round pick on a change-of-pace back to spell Steven Jackson. Signed Jerious Norwood and Cadillac Williams

    9. Cornerback Depth: Some depth behind Ronald Bartell and Bradley Fletcher wouldn't hurt. Signed Al Harris; drafted Mikail Baker

    10. Defensive End: James Hall had 10.5 sacks this season, but he'll be 34 in February. It's unreasonable to expect the same type of output in 2011. The Rams may want to bring in a young defensive end to compete with George Selvie to become Hall's successor. Drafted Robert Quinn

    2011 NFL Free Agent Signings:
    1. Harvey Dahl, G, Falcons. Age: 30.
      Signed with Rams

      Arguably Atlanta's top offensive lineman, Harvey Dahl bounced back from an ankle injury that sidelined him for half the 2009 season. He's due for a big payday.

    2. Quintin Mikell, SS, Eagles. Age: 30.
      Signed with Rams (4 years, $28 million)

      A Pro Bowler who excels both in both run support and pass coverage, Quintin Mikell will be offered a big contract this offseason.

    3. Justin Bannan, DE/DT, Broncos. Age: 32.
      Signed with Rams (3 years)

      Justin Bannan had a solid year for the Broncos, which makes you wonder why they released him. Bannan can play in both the 4-3 and 3-4.

    4. Ben Leber, OLB, Vikings. Age: 32.
      Signed with Rams (1 year, $1.25 million)

      Ben Leber can still start as a weakside linebacker, but at 32, his best days are behind him.

    5. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jaguars. Age: 26.
      Signed with Rams (1 year)

      Mike Sims-Walker had a very good year in 2009 (63 catches, 869 yards, 7 TDs), but struggled with various leg injuries the past two seasons. He's a quality No. 2 wideout if he can stay healthy. That's a big if, however.

    6. Cadillac Williams, RB, Buccaneers. Age: 29.
      Signed with Rams (1 year)

      Cadillac Williams' days as a starter are over, but he has proven that he can still be a very effective third-down back in this league. He caught 46 passes in 2010.

    7. Jerious Norwood, RB, Falcons. Age: 28. -- Signed with Rams
    8. Daniel Muir, DT, Colts. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams (1 year, $1.85 million)
    9. Zach Diles, OLB, Texans. Age: 26. -- Signed with Rams
    10. Brady Poppinga, OLB, Packers. Age: 31. -- Signed with Rams
    11. Schuylar Oordt, TE, Northern Iowa. Age: 24. -- Signed with Rams
    12. Quinn Ojinnaka, OT, Patriots. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams
    13. Al Harris, CB, None. Age: 36. -- Signed with Rams

    St. Louis Rams Free Agents:

    Salary Cap: No cap.
    1. O.J. Atogwe, FS, Rams. Age: 30.
      Signed with Redskins (5 years, $26 million)

      Despite being 30 years old, O.J. Atogwe is still one of the better free safeties in the NFL. He's solid in coverage and excels as a blitzer.

    2. Danny Amendola (RFA), WR, Rams. Age: 25.
      Tendered by Rams

      Danny Amendola caught 85 balls for 689 yards and three touchdowns this season, establishing himself as a quality slot receiver.

    3. David Vobora, OLB, Rams. Age: 25.
      David Vobora started the final four games of the season at strongside linebacker and predictably played well. I have no idea why Vobora didn't start all year.

    4. Mark Clayton, WR, Rams. Age: 29.
      A complete bust in Baltimore, Mark Clayton had an instant rapport with Sam Bradford, catching 22 balls for 300 yards and two touchdowns in four games before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

    5. Gary Gibson, DT, Rams. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Rams
    6. C.J. Ah You (RFA), DE, Rams. Age: 29. -- Tendered by Rams
    7. Laurent Robinson (RFA), WR, Rams. Age: 26. -- Signed with Chargers
    8. Daniel Fells (RFA), TE, Rams. Age: 27. -- Signed with Broncos (1 year)
    9. Chris Chamberlain (RFA), OLB, Rams. Age: 25. -- Tendered by Rams (original pick)
    10. Justin King (RFA), CB, Rams. Age: 24. -- Re-signed with Rams
    11. Clifton Ryan, DT, Rams. Age: 27.
    12. Kevin Dockery, CB, Rams. Age: 27.
    13. Kenneth Darby, RB, Rams. Age: 28.
    14. Mike Karney, FB, Rams. Age: 30.
    15. John Greco, G, Rams. Age: 26. -- Re-signed with Rams
    16. Adam Goldberg, G, Rams. Age: 31. -- Re-signed with Rams
    17. Larry Grant, OLB, Rams. Age: 26. -- Signed with 49ers
    18. Quincy Butler (RFA), CB, Rams. Age: 27.
    19. Renardo Foster (RFA), OT, Rams. Age: 27. -- Tendered by Rams

    2011 NFL Free Agent Rankings

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    Divisional Rival History:
    Arizona Cardinals: Arizona has won eight of the past nine matchups in this series. That figures to change because of the quarterback situation of both teams.
    San Francisco 49ers: San Francisco has claimed nine of the previous 12 battles in this NFC West rivalry.
    Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have won all but one of the 12 matchups after the Rams knocked them out of the playoffs in 2004.

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