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2012 NFL Offseason: St. Louis Rams

Draft Grades, Season Previews, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

St. Louis Rams (Last Year: 2-14)

2012 NFL Season Preview:

Veteran Additions:
WR Steve Smith, OT Barry Richardson, C Scott Wells, DE William Hayes, DT Kendall Langford, DT Trevor Laws, OLB Mario Haggan, OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, CB Cortland Finnegan.
Early Draft Picks:
DT Michael Brockers, WR Brian Quick, CB Janoris Jenkins, RB Isaiah Pead, S Trumaine Johnson, WR Chris Givens, K Greg Zuerlein.
Offseason Losses:
RB Cadillac Williams, WR Brandon Lloyd, WR Mark Clayton, G Jacob Bell, G Adam Goldberg, C Jason Brown, DE James Hall, DT Justin Bannan, DT Fred Robbins, DT Gary Gibson, OLB Chris Chamberlain, OLB Brady Poppinga, CB Ronald Bartell, CB Justin King, K Josh Brown, P Donnie Jones.

2012 St. Louis Rams Offense:
What a difference a year can make. Sam Bradford won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2010, performing very impressively for a St. Louis team that didn't have any play-makers outside of Steven Jackson. However, Bradford's completion percentage dropped from 60.0 in 2010 to 53.5 in 2011, while his YPA remained the same. He also had 18 touchdowns to 17 turnovers (15 INTs, 2 fumbles) as a rookie, but saw that ratio plummet to six scores compared to 13 give-aways (6 INTs, 7 fumbles).

So, what happened? A number of things, actually. Danny Amendola, Bradford's favorite receiver, went down in Week 1. That could have been the culprit for his slow start, but he didn't improve much after the team dealt for Brandon Lloyd. Bradford suffered a high ankle sprain in October, a malady that lingered throughout the season, but he was already struggling before that.

The biggest reason for Bradford's regression was the offensive line. The blocking unit was simply dreadful. It surrendered a league-worst 55 sacks, and was just as dreadful at the end of the season as it was in September. Left tackle Rodger Saffold's play really fell off. He was solid in 2010, but happened to be responsible for 11 sacks and 10 penalties last year. Meanwhile, right tackle Jason Smith didn't see much action because of lingering concussion symptoms. He's been a huge bust anyway, so it's a shame that the Rams failed to find anyone to upgrade the position. Had they stayed at No. 2 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, they could have selected Matt Kalil and moved Saffold to right tackle. But that did not happen, much to the chagrin of Bradford.

The interior of the offensive front was just as anemic. Center-right guard Jason Brown and left guard Jacob Bell were awful, so neither will be back. St. Louis was able to find a replacement at center with former Packer Scott Wells, who signed a 4-year, $24 million contract this spring. Wells is one of the top centers in the NFL, so he'll provide some stability to the offensive line next to Harvey Dahl, who is also decent. Unfortunately, someone named Bryan Mattison is occupying the left guard position, which will probably prove to be disastrous.

It's clear that the offensive line hasn't improved enough, so Bradford will probably struggle and get banged up once again in 2012. He might actually be ruined anyway. Bradford quite frequently appeared as though he felt phantom pressure in the pocket last year. No one can really blame him because he's been knocked around so many times, but it appears as though he may have already developed David Carr Syndrome. And there's no turning back from that.

It definitely doesn't help Bradford's cause that the front office failed to find a No. 1 wideout for him. St. Louis spent top-100 selections on receivers Brian Quick and Chris Givens, but both are rookies and cannot be counted on, especially when the former is considered a raw, long-term project. Lloyd is also gone, but on the bright side, Amendola is back from his triceps injury.

Making matters worse, Steven Jackson is all but done. Almost every single running back in NFL history has seen a sharp decline in production after 2,100 career carries. Jackson has already exceeded that mark. It's not an absolute - there have been outliers like Emmitt Smith - but considering the amount of injuries that Jackson has endured over the years, it's likely that he'll experience severe skill erosion in 2012. If so, third-round rookie Isaiah Pead will have to step up.

2012 St. Louis Rams Defense:
Given Sam Bradford's issues, St. Louis' stop unit will have to carry the team this year. While the defense projects to be much better than the offense, it has enough holes to prevent it from becoming an elite unit - including the absence of shamed defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

The linebacker position is a mess. James Laurinaitis, manning the middle, is a very good player, but there are nothing but no-talents surrounding him. Jo-Lonn Dunbar, a major liability in every facet of the game, will be the starting strongside linebacker. The third man in the group is the recently signed Rocky McIntosh, who underachieved in Washington. If McIntosh can't play well, it'll be up to 2010 undrafted free agent Justin Cole, who has never played a single defensive snap in his professional career.

The safety area is also a problem. Strong safety Quintin Mikell struggled a bit in coverage last year and won't be any better in 2012 because he'll turn 32 in mid-September. The free safety position will be a battle between the anemic Darian Stewart and third-round rookie Trumaine Johnson.

St. Louis' stop unit has a bunch of strengths, however, starting up front. Chris Long is one of the top defensive ends in all of football. He recorded 13 sacks in 2011, which is really impressive because the Rams were often behind, meaning the opposition didn't have to throw very much. Robert Quinn will start opposite of Long. The second-year lineman had five sacks in 2011, four of which came in Week 8 or later, so there's a good chance he'll improve upon his seasonal total this year.

The Rams entered the offseason with two glaring holes at defensive tackle. They may have filled them with Kendall Langford and Michael Brockers. Langford isn't very good against the run, but he can create a consistent pass rush on the interior. Brockers, the 14th-overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, is the complete opposite. He's young and raw, and doesn't have the necessary pass-rushing skills just yet. He can really do a good job of clogging running lanes, however.

St. Louis should produce a decent sack total - it had 39 of them in 2011 - which will make life easier for a solid group of cornerbacks. The Rams' big free-agent acquisition was Cortland Finnegan, who inked a 5-year, $50 million contract in March. Finnegan, formerly of Tennessee, led all corners in surrendered YPA (4.3) last year.

Despite signing Finnegan, the Rams didn't have a worthy No. 2 corner to play across from him entering the 2012 NFL Draft. They may have fixed that by obtaining Janoris Jenkins in the second round. Jenkins has major character concerns, but there's no questioning his unbelievable talent. He would have been a top-15 selection had he not gotten kicked out of Florida for a series of marijuana-related arrests. Jenkins has sworn to the media that those days are behind him, but he'll have to prove it.

2012 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 1-7 as hosts last year.

Josh Brown used to be one of the NFL's top kickers, but he struggled in 2011 and consequently was released. St. Louis will have to count on rookie Greg Zuerlein, who was an amazing 9-of-9 from 50-plus in college last season.

The Rams also lost punter Donnie Jones, so they'll be using 28-year-old rookie Tom Malone.

St. Louis has surrendered two special-teams scores in each of the previous two seasons. That's now 10 since 2006. The Rams took one of their own back to the house, but were outgained on both kick and punt returns. This is yet another area Jeff Fisher will be tasked to fix.

One would think the Rams would have an easy, last-place schedule, but they begin the year at Detroit, then home to the improved Redskins led by Robert Griffin and then on the road at Soldier Field. There's a short reprieve with consecutive matchups versus the Seahawks, Cardinals and Dolphins, but then St. Louis has to battle the Packers, Patriots and 49ers in a span of four weeks.

2012 St. Louis Rams Positional Rankings (1-5 stars):

Offensive Line
Running Backs
Defensive Line
Special Teams

2012 St. Louis Rams Analysis: The Rams will be better than last year. Their defense has improved and Sam Bradford is healthy again. Plus, Jeff Fisher is worth a win or two just on his own. However, St. Louis still has tons of holes, especially on offense, and it will once again be one of the worst teams in the NFL. It's also unfortunate, but there may not be any hope for the immediate future if Bradford has indeed contracted David Carr Syndrome.

Projection: 4-12 (4th in NFC West)

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Samir 06-20-2013 09:09 am (total posts: 1)
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If the Rams were in a weak division like the NFC East, they'd contend for a division title, but with the 49ers and Seahawks, I don't think their record will tell the tale of how good they really were
Tyler 06-20-2013 04:12 am (total posts: 1)
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Titans are my sleepers for 2013 rams? nah why? iffy left side. (LG is bad LT is iffy RB position sucks and tons of young WRs Bradford has been decent with iffy protection and iffy receivers) I like sam bradford he's not the best QB in the world but still he's better than jimmy clausen (BUSTT!!!!!!) Bradford=Eli Manning,Joe flacco type QB he'll win a SB (eventually give him at least 6 years) But he'll put up pedestrian stats. Will sam bradford bust....? Meh it's possible injuries have been an issue (final year at Oklahoma,sophomore campaign) Will he be a succesful starting QB who wins a few playoff games? most likely. Will he ever win a SB? Yup the defense is built for the long term with jeff fisher running the show the stop unit will always be a top 15 unit (save for injuries) It all depends on Sam Bradford. he hasn't lived up to no.1 status but maybe he can do it this year (like stafford who was a better QB prospect and is still a better QB to this day)
Real Rams fans 05-15-2013 09:14 am (total posts: 2)
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Bradford quietly had a pretty decent season last year, but it still hard to deny that the expectations on a number one pick QB are Paidaton Manning/Andrew Luck high. Hopefully the consistency in coaching will show dividends this year, although Fisher's choices of assistant coaches has been the big question mark, and Shotty has yet to prove he can make good things happen for young quarterbacks.
B Mac 05-06-2013 11:29 pm (total posts: 1)
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What's up with the hatin' on Bradford? Brittle? Really? You try to make things happen with no offense. Now that he has protection & playmakers around him, you'll be singing another tune. Great draft. Stacy is a good pick but he's not beating Richardson out for the starting job. Sorry. And we'll be more than competitive in the NFC West. Do you remember the Rams went 4-1-1 in the division last season with what they had? So keep riding that San Fran/ Seattle bandwagon all you want. This is the team they need to be worried about. Also remember the Rams had a top 10 defense last season too. Keep sleeping on the Rams & down play Bradford if you want to.
Bob 04-29-2013 06:41 pm (total posts: 1)
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Wow some choice words about Bradford. Still upset that your pick for #1 overall, Jimmy Clausen, is absolutely terrible?

BTW, brittle Sam Bradford played 16 games last year. Try again.
joejoe 04-29-2013 04:56 pm (total posts: 2)
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Bradford will be start his climb to top tier QB this year. Will be a top 10 QB - better than Wilson, Kapernick and Cameron
joejoe 04-29-2013 04:56 pm (total posts: 2)
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Bradford will be start his climb to top tier QB this year. Will be a top 10 QB - better than Wilson, Kapernick and Cameron
Mark 04-29-2013 02:10 pm (total posts: 1)
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Still trying to figure out why Walt can't resist referring to Bradford as brittle every time he writes about him. Where is this coming from? As much as he has been hit the last 3 seaons, I consider him to be one of the toughest QBs in the league.

I used to read Walt's stuff because he was not biased like ESPN and others. Now, I just visit to remind myself how clueless the guy must really be.
Nice Draft 04-29-2013 01:59 pm (total posts: 1)
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I really like the Rams draft a lot. You guys did a good job adding quality needed pieces. Ogletree reminds me a lot of Lawrence Timmons. -A Steelers fan
T-Ram 04-29-2013 08:33 am (total posts: 1)
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Great draft. Only concern is T.J. McDonad. He seems slow on tape, and plays when he wants to play.
LOLOL 04-29-2013 01:57 am (total posts: 2)
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Sam Bradford brittle? How? He started all 16 games last year and as a rookie. His 2nd year was an anomaly because he was getting battered behind arguably the worst O-Line in the history of the NFL.

Sam Bradford's numbers by the way were just as good as Joe Flacco and Eli Manning's last year and in fact Bradford has almost the exact same 3 year average that Eli Manning had yet Eli played with a munch more veteran team with accomplished playmakers. All Bradford has had is a slow RB and a brittle wide receiver to rely on.

Get yourself educated Walter.
equinoxia 04-28-2013 09:21 pm (total posts: 1)
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"The Rams are stuck with Sam Bradford for at least one more year, so they need to continue to bolster their offensive line to make sure their brittle quarterback is protected as best as possible"

what, did sam prove you wrong last season? that why you have your panties in a bunch about him?
Jason 04-28-2013 08:40 pm (total posts: 1)
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I agree that McDonald cover skills are lees than great but he's been a strong safety at USC where his responsibitly was to support the run and cover the middle. At that he was very good. However I am disappointed they did not get a coverage safety. I hope they find one in free agency.
Danny 04-28-2013 08:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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Another really good draft for the Rams. Snead and Fisher know what they're doing.

Austin and Ogletree were great picks. They will both make a big impact from the very start. McDonald and Jones are solid prospects at positions of need. I thought selecting Bailey was a little bit of overkill. They have enough young wide receivers. They just need a dependable veteran to solidify the WR group.

I find it humorous how you rag on Bradford... 04-28-2013 07:22 pm (total posts: 1)
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Yet he posted very similar overall numbers to Joe Flacco. Joe Flacco has weapons, and an offensive line, and been in the same offense for most of his career.

Sam Bradford had no line help his first two years, no dynamic weapons, and three different offensive systems.

Flacco- 87.7 RTG----3817 YDS----22 TDS----10 INTS
Bradford-82.6 RTG----3702 YDS----21 TDS----11 INTS

With the same offense, Bradford should finally progress.

2012 NFL Draft Grade: C+

Goals Entering the 2012 NFL Draft: The Rams have tons of holes and a young quarterback with a terrible supporting cast. Jeff Fisher must help Sam Bradford to prevent the Oklahoma product from becoming the next David Carr. I've seen some mocks project Fletcher Cox to St. Louis at No. 6 overall, but selecting a defensive tackle over Justin Blackmon would be disastrous.

2012 NFL Draft Accomplishments: Oops. In all fairness, the Rams did want Blackmon; Jeff Fisher reportedly slammed his glasses on the table when the Jaguars traded up to obtain the Oklahoma State wideout. Fisher then understandably traded all the way down to No. 14, picking up a second-round pick in the process.

So, that was nice - until Michael Floyd went off the board one selection earlier, perhaps predictably to Arizona. The Rams should have moved ahead of the Cardinals to secure Floyd, but they apparently had their mind set on Michael Brockers, which is a bit curious. Brockers offers very limited pass-rushing skills. That is troubling for a top-15 pick. St. Louis fans are used to bust defensive tackles, and considering Brockers' inexperience and lacking ability to get to the quarterback, he could easily be the next Jimmy Kennedy or Adam Carriker.

On the bright side, the Rams were able to land two promising receivers in Brian Quick and Chris Givens. Isaiah Pead could be a worthy successor for Steven Jackson. And I like the Janoris Jenkins gamble. He's so talented that he's well worth the risk, considering that St. Louis had three second-round choices at its disposal.

Bradford has to be happy about the new targets. He can't, however, be pleased that the Rams failed to improve the offensive line. They added a blocker at No. 150, which was way too late.

2012 NFL Draft Individual Grades:

14. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU: C Grade
There's nothing like picking a raw prospect and screwing over your franchise quarterback in the span of an hour. I don't quite get why the Rams wouldn't help out Sam Bradford with David DeCastro or Riley Reiff, or perhaps jumping the Cardinals to obtain Michael Floyd, but maybe they have some sort of plan with their three second-rounders. The move down is what keeps this from being a D.

33. Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State: C+ Grade
The Rams really needed a receiver, so this was a very logical pick. Some really question whether Brian Quick can play right away because he's so raw, so I'm sure Sam Bradford wanted someone more pro-ready. Quick does possess great upside, however.

39. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama: A- Grade
I really like this pick. Janoris Jenkins is unbelievably talented - if he were clean, he would have been a top-10 pick - but he's a major bust risk. The Rams, however, had three second-round picks, so they could afford to take the risk. If Jenkins stays clean, he and Cortland Finnegan will combine for one of the league's top cornerback tandems.

50. Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati: C+ Grade
Isaiah Pead with Lamar Miller and LaMichael James on the board? I'm not so sure about this. Pead is a bit of a reach - he was No. 68 on the consensus draft board - but he fills a need, so it at least makes sense in that regard.

65. Trumaine Johnson, CB/S, Montana: A Grade
Trumaine Johnson is decent value atop Round 3, as he was No. 53 on the consensus big board. The Rams needed depth in the secondary entering the 2012 NFL Draft, so I can understand this pick.

96. Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest: A Grade
This is a really good pick. Chris Givens could have easily gone atop the third round. He also fills a need, as the Rams absolutely had to find two receivers to help Sam Bradford.

150. Rokevious Watkins, G, South Carolina: C- Grade
I'm amazed the Rams waited this long to find some blocking for Sam Bradford. I knew they weren't in the tackle market, but still. At any rate, this is a reach. Scouts Inc. had him ranked highest (200).

171. Greg Zuerlein, K, Missouri Western: C Grade
Is Greg Zuerlein going to beat out Josh Brown? Brown is coming off a down year (21-of-28), so maybe the Rams think he can.

209. Aaron Brown, OLB, Hawaii: C Grade
Aaron Brown was No. 718 on the consensus big board, but there's no such thing as a reach in Round 7. It's shocking that the Rams didn't go with a linebacker earlier than this.

252. Daryl Richardson, RB, Abilene Christian: B Grade
Another running back for the Rams, who are thin at this spot. Daryl Richardson was a borderline draftable prospect going into the 2012 NFL Draft, and that held true.

Season Summary:
The Rams came within one win against the Seahawks from being in the playoffs in 2010. A lot can change in a year. Steve Spagnuolo is gone, the front office was axed, and Sam Bradford is now being discussed by the media as a candidate for trade or release so St. Louis can move forward with Robert Griffin. Bradford will remain the Rams' starter, but he really needs to make progress this upcoming season. Of course, it would help if new management can actually put talent around him.

Offseason Moves:
  • Rams sign OLB Rocky McIntosh
  • Rams sign OLB Mario Haggan
  • Rams sign OT Barry Richardson
  • Buccaneers sign DT Gary Gibson
  • Jets sign K Josh Brown
  • Rams cut K Josh Brown
  • Redskins sign LB Bryan Kehl
  • Rams re-sign QB Kellen Clemens
  • Rams sign DT Trevor Laws
  • Broncos sign DT Justin Bannan
  • Bengals sign G Jacob Bell
  • Rams sign DE William Hayes
  • Rams sign OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar
  • Texans sign P Donnie Jones
  • Rams announce retirement of WR Torry Holt
  • Rams sign WR Steve Smith
  • Rams sign TE Matthew Mulligan
  • Rams re-sign FB Brit Miller
  • Saints sign OLB Chris Chamberlain
  • Rams sign G Quinn Ojinnaka
  • Patriots sign WR Brandon Lloyd
  • Rams sign DT Kendall Langford
  • Rams sign C Scott Wells
  • Rams sign CB Cortland Finnegan
  • Rams cut DE James Hall
  • Rams cut CB Ronald Bartell
  • Rams cut C Jason Brown
  • Rams cut DT Fred Robbins
  • Rams cut DT Justin Bannan
  • Rams tender WR Danny Amendola

    Offseason Needs:
    1. Two Tackles or Left Tackle & Left Guard: Left tackle is St. Louis' greatest need. Rodger Saffold is overmatched on the blind side, so he needs to move over to left guard or right tackle, which is why I have a conditional listed. Jason Smith, meanwhile, is garbage. A new front office could cut ties with him because he's owed $10 million in 2012. If the Rams don't upgrade this position this offseason, they'll risk Sam Bradford turning into David Carr. Luckily, Matt Kalil will be sitting there at No. 2 in the 2012 NFL Draft. He's locked in as the pick barring a trade. Signed Barry Richardson

    2. Two Wide Receivers: Brandon Lloyd has declared that he will be following Josh McDaniels this offseason. If the two leave, the Rams will need a pair of wideouts to help Sam Bradford, who has nothing to work with. Tendered Danny Amendola; signed Steve Smith; drafted Brian Quick and Chris Givens

    3. Two Defensive Tackles: Fred Robbins and Justin Bannan were cut this offseason. The Rams need two new starters here unless they want to give Darell Scott a chance. They'll be able to take one with a second-round pick. Signed Kendall Langford and Trevor Laws; drafted Michael Brockers

    4. Center: Jason Brown was owed $5 million in 2012, which would explain his release. He sucked anyway. Signed Scott Wells

    5. Two Outside Linebackers: Brady Poppinga was awful at strongside linebacker last year. Weakside backer Chris Chamberlain was OK, but he can be upgraded. They're both free agents anyway. Signed Rocky McIntosh, Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Mario Haggan

    6. Free Safety: Darian Stewart did a terrible job at safety this past season. The Rams can do better than a third-year undrafted free agent. Drafted Trumaine Johnson

    7. Cornerback: The Rams infamously had 10 cornerbacks on injured reserve in 2011, but they needed help at the position even before everyone started getting hurt. Signed Cortland Finnegan; drafted Janoris Jenkins

    8. Defensive End Depth: St. Louis jettisoned James Hall, so Jeff Fisher will have to replenish depth. Signed William Hayes

    9. Running Back: Steven Jackson doesn't have much left in the tank, given that he passed 2,100 career carries this year. The Rams may look for a possible successor in Rounds 2-4 of the 2012 NFL Draft. Drafted Isaiah Pead

    10. Fullback: Brit Miller is ineffective and injury-prone. He can be upgraded. Re-signed Brit Miller

    2012 NFL Free Agent Signings:
    1. Scott Wells, C, Packers. Age: 31.
      Signed with Rams

      Scott Wells is one of the top centers in the NFL. He excels in all areas, and is due for a big contract.

    2. Cortland Finnegan, CB, Titans. Age: 28.
      Signed with Rams (5 years, $50 million)

      Cortland Finnegan is a really good cornerback unless he has to cover Andre Johnson. He's expected to reunite with Jeff Fisher in St. Louis.

    3. Kendall Langford, DE/DT, Dolphins. Age: 26.
      Signed with Rams (4 years, $24 million; $12 million guaranteed)

      Kendall Langford is a really good, young five-tech who excels in both stopping the run and putting pressure on the quarterback. He's a key piece of Miami's 3-4 stop unit who will have to be retained.

    4. Rocky McIntosh, OLB, Redskins. Age: 29.
      Signed with Rams

      I called Rocky McIntosh an idiot for re-signing with the Redskins last offseason. He's not a good fit in the 3-4. I don't get how he didn't understand that. Maybe he'll learn his lesson and sign on with a 4-3 team.

    5. William Hayes, DE, Titans. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams (1 year)
    6. Barry Richardson, OT, Chiefs. Age: 26. -- Signed with Rams
    7. Mario Haggan, OLB, Broncos. Age: 32. -- Signed with Rams
    8. Jo-Lonn Dunbar, OLB, Saints. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams
    9. Trevor Laws, DT, Eagles. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams
    10. Steve Smith, WR, Eagles. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams
    11. Matthew Mulligan, TE, Jets. Age: 27. -- Signed with Rams

    St. Louis Rams Free Agents:

    Salary Cap: TBA.
    1. Brandon Lloyd, WR, Rams. Age: 31.
      Signed with Patriots

      A legitimate No. 1 receiver, Brandon Lloyd has announced that he'll follow Josh McDaniels wherever he goes. That's a smart football decision, as Lloyd has thrived under McDaniels the past two seasons.

    2. Josh Brown, K, Rams. Age: 33.
      Signed with Jets

      Cut one day prior to his 33rd birthday, Josh Brown went just 21-of-28 last year, but is only one season removed from hitting 33-of-39 attempts.

    3. Donnie Jones, P, Rams. Age: 32.
      Signed with Texans

      Donnie Jones averaged 44 yards per punt with more than a quarter of his tries going inside the 20.

    4. Danny Amendola (RFA), WR, Rams. Age: 26.
      Tendered by Rams (2nd)

      Sam Bradford's favorite receiver, Danny Amendola missed most of 2011 because of torn triceps. He'll bounce back as a solid slot receiver next year.

    5. Ronald Bartell, CB, Rams. Age: 31.
      Signed with Raiders (1 year, $3 million)

      Ronald Bartell can be a decent cornerback when healthy, but he missed all but one game last year with a neck injury. He's a health risk, but he's been cleared by the doctors. He's worth a shot.

    6. Jason Brown, C/G, Rams. Age: 29.
      Jason Brown was considered a top-tier free agent center in 2009 when he signed a 5-year, $37.5 million deal with the Rams. But like most players who go from a good team to an inferior organization solely for the money, Brown's performance really dropped off. He was benched last season. He's still young enough to turn his career around though, so he might be worth signing to an incentive-laden contract.

    7. Justin Bannan, DE/DT, Rams. Age: 33.
      Signed with Broncos (1 year)

      Justin Bannan is very effective versus the rush, but he can't get to the quarterback whatsoever. He can play in any scheme.

    8. Chris Chamberlain, OLB, Rams. Age: 26.
      Signed with Saints (3 years)

      Chris Chamberlain is a special teams ace and a solid reserve/two-down spot starter at linebacker. He plays well against the run, but gets lost in coverage.

    9. James Hall, DE, Rams. Age: 35.
      James Hall notched six sacks in 2011. He can still get to the quarterback, but his age is an obvious concern.

    10. Fred Robbins, DT, Rams. Age: 35.
      Fred Robbins has no pass-rushing ability, but he can still stop the run pretty well.

    11. Jacob Bell, G, Rams. Age: 31.
      Announced retirement

      Jacob Bell, base-born in Philadelphia, was having a rough year before landing on injured reserve with a sprained MCL. His best seasons are well behind him.

    12. Gary Gibson, DT, Rams. Age: 30. -- Signed with Buccaneers (2 years, $2 million)
    13. Brady Poppinga, OLB, Rams. Age: 32.
    14. Mark Clayton, WR, Rams. Age: 30.
    15. Cadillac Williams, RB, Rams. Age: 30.
    16. Adam Goldberg, G, Rams. Age: 32.
    17. Brit Miller (RFA), FB, Rams. Age: 25. -- Re-signed with Rams
    18. Kellen Clemens, QB, Rams. Age: 29. -- Re-signed with Rams (1 year)
    19. Rod Hood, CB, Rams. Age: 30.
    20. Tony Wragge, G/C, Rams. Age: 33. -- Signed with Ravens
    21. Justin King, CB, Rams. Age: 25. -- Signed with Colts
    22. A.J. Feeley, QB, Rams. Age: 35.
    23. C.J. Ah You, DE, Rams. Age: 30.
    24. Bryan Kehl, OLB, Rams. Age: 28. -- Signed with Redskins
    25. Jerious Norwood, RB, Rams. Age: 29.
    26. Billy Bajema, TE, Rams. Age: 29.

    2012 NFL Free Agent Rankings Coming Soon

    Divisional Rival History:
    Arizona Cardinals: Arizona has won 10 of the past 11 matchups in this series.
    San Francisco 49ers: San Francisco has claimed 11 of the previous 13 battles in this NFC West rivalry.
    Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks have won all but one of the 14 matchups after the Rams knocked them out of the playoffs in 2004.

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