Before I get started, let me apologize for the lack of content on the site over the last week. I was out of town on a trip to Cardinals’ Spring Training in Jupiter, FL and although I did have limited internet access, I wasn’t able to post more than once while I was gone. The situation was unavoidable, but I just wanted to let you know that I’m back in town and we will have plenty of Rams’ coverage moving forward, especially with the draft approaching.
Now, on to the news. Considering how bad the offense was for the St. Louis Rams last season, you would think they would make the position of punter somewhat or a priority considering how much he is on the field. Apparently, the Rams have decided they will look elsewhere to fill that spot for the 2012 season. Donnie Jones, the team’s punter for the last five seasons, signed a deal with the Houston Texans earlier in the week, leaving the Rams with yet another hole that needs to be filled.
I’m sure the team has a plan here, but I can’t really figure this one out. His play obviously slipped in 2011, but I thought he was one of the top two or three guys in the league the four years before that. If the team believes his best years are behind him, then this is a good move. I don’t know if I necessarily believe that, but I’m not the one making the decisions. It just seems like this team has enough holes to fill without worrying about this one. It’s not like Jones is going to break the bank (one year, $890,000 with Houston in 2012), and it seems to me that it would have been worth it to just sign him and have it done with.
I guess it’s not a big deal, but for some reason this situation is bugging me. I’m sure the Rams will find a punter and everything will be fine, and we also want to wish Jones luck during his time with the Texans.