Oct 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Buffalo Bills free safety Jairus Byrd (31) breaks up a pass to New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) during the first half of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking News: Jairus Byrd Signs With Saints, Verner To Tampa Bay

In a matter of literally minutes, Rams fans hearts sank, as two of the biggest targets for the Rams in free agency fell off the board. The New Orleans Saints announced late Tuesday night that they had come to terms with safety Jairus Byrd on a 6-year deal worth $54 millionand cornerback Alterraun Verner came to terms with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who’s deal is worth approximately $6 million per year according to Jason La Canfora.

Earlier in the day the Rams also missed out on signing guard Geoff Schwartz who chose to sign with the New York Giants and guard Rodger Saffold left for Oakland. For the first time in the Les Snead and Jeff Fisher era, the Rams seem to be losing in free agency.

How hard the Rams were targeting these players is uncertain, but we do know the Rams were interested in Byrd, Verner, and Schwartz and they have to be somewhat disappointed that they couldn’t land either of these players.

Who the Rams are planning on targeting now, is a mystery, and it looks more and more like they are just going to have to have a stellar draft and fill their holes that way. With nine picks in a fairly deep upcoming draft, doing just that is definitely possible.

The Rams were pretty quiet on the first day of free agent signing and will have a lot of work ahead of them throughout the rest of the big free agent period up until the draft.

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  • ricdram

    I think the game plan for Snisher is to fill
    the needs with draft picks not FA. Its cheaper
    & its younger. I don’t know why Wells is still
    around when Barnes/Jones could play C.
    That’s my take. Draft & develop.

    • Blaine Grisak

      Completely agree, we could still get the mid-tier free agents that can make an impact, Im not sure what to say on Wells, the guy eats up way too much cap space

  • Randolph

    Not sure what’s going on…not looking good for 2014 season…. Same old story no offense no playoff… What the hec !!!!!!!

    • Blaine Grisak

      Decker, Nicks, and Jones are still out there, these are just two players that a lot of fans were high on, not the end of the world the Rams didn’t sign these guys

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    Rams are gonna sign some free agents but not big names. We all know that Rams will develop thru the draft. They will likely sign someone specially in the offensive line.

    • ricdram

      I could be wrong Cesarnoel but I think that ALL
      our NEW OL are going to come from the draft,
      not FA. Our past FA OL are: JLong,SWells,
      HDahl,CWilliams & others. Isn’t it time we
      grew our own. “I’M JUST SAYING”…

      • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

        you wanna risk playing rookies in the OL? Sam Bradford would be running for his life. You need experience players at OL while drafting for Depth

        • ricdram

          GRobinson would be better than Saffold
          who just failed his Physical with the
          Raiders.But I respect your opinion
          Cesarnoel. Lets hope the FO does what’s
          best for our squad.