The St. Louis Rams players might have had the day off on Tuesday, but there was certainly plenty of action at the team’s facility anyway. First, the team announced that wide receiver Keenan Burton has been released as the corresponding move with the Mark Clayton deal. I can’t say I’m completely astounded by this move, but I did think Burton had a chance to stay on this team even after the Clayton move. I thought the team might release Dominique Curry and try to get him on the practice squad instead, but I guess the team didn’t think Curry would pass through waivers. I always kind of liked Burton, but injuries really didn’t give him a chance to show what he has.
After the release of Burton, the team brought in five free agent players for a workout. This is pretty common practice in the NFL, but it is interesting to note some of the names that were in town today. WR’s Demetrius Williams (who we talked about yesterday), Derek Hagan (former Giant), Jason Hill (former Niner), and Paul Williams (former Titan). The team also worked out former Bears’ safety Al Afalava. I wouldn’t expect any of these players to join the Rams any time soon unless someone really blew the coaches away, as the team has said that this workout was just for future considerations.
The team also signed a running back today, as former Oklahoma back Allen Patrick was inked to the practice squad. Does anyone else find it interesting that the last two players to join this Rams’ squad are both from the same college as our rookie quarterback? I’m just sayin…
We also found out what exactly the Rams had to give up for Clayton. As it turns out, the team traded a sixth-round pick in 2011 for Clayton and a seventh that same year. That’s pretty much getting a guy for nothing.