NFL free agency officially kicked off over the weekend, and while the Rams haven’t made any major splashes as of yet, they have managed to add a few pieces for the 2010 season. The team inked former Eagles QB A.J. Feeley to a two-year deal in the opening hours of free agency, and today the team announced that they have agreed to a three-year deal with former Giants DT Fred Robbins.
The Feeley signing isn’t going to solve the QB troubles in St. Louis, but he has proven to be a capable NFL backup in his 10 seasons, throwing for 4,070 yards and 27 touchdowns to go along with 29 picks. He is very familiar with the offense after working with OC Pat Shurmur in Philly earlier in his career, and he should provide a veteran presence at the position, which could come in very handy if the Rams decide to go QB with the first pick.
The Robbins signing could have a much more significant impact on the organization this season. He is a 6-4, 325 pound tackle who has proven to be a disrupting force in the middle over his 10 seasons in the league. He worked with Coach Spags in New York for two seasons, and he managed to record 11 sacks and 79 tackles during that time. Robbins is getting up there in age at 32, but he has been durable over his career, missing just three games over the last eight seasons. The team wants to get big in the trenches on both sides of the ball, so this move certainly helps out that goal.
Overall, both moves will add some nice depth to positions of need, and the Robbins move could be an excellent one if Spags can get the same production from the big man that he got in New York. It will be interesting to see how these moves affect the team’s draft strategy, as both seem to point to the Rams taking a QB at number one. Feeley would be an excellent mentor for a rookie QB, as he is intimately familiar with the offense here in St. Louis and is comfortable with serving in a backup role. Robbins is the huge DT the Rams have been needing in the middle, and his arrival could mean the team is less desperate to upgrade at the position early in the draft. This by no means guarantees a QB with the pick, as Suh and McCoy both remain very much in the mix, but signs are starting to point to Bradford or Clausen.
On another note, former CB Jonathan Wade has inked a deal with the Lions, so we won’t be seeing him in the horns next season. For more info on everything Rams, follow me on Twitter @RamblinFan.