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Fan Reaction To The St Louis Rams’ Free Agency Inertia


 

With the franchise hovering on the verge of a first winning season since 2003, the St Louis Rams seem to be only a few key pieces away from mounting a serious challenge for a playoff berth. Many fans have therefore seen this off-season as a vital step towards gathering these pieces before the current window of opportunity closes. As the NFC West gets increasingly tough, the Rams need to get these next few months right if they are going to move into the next stage of their rebuilding project.

Despite the seeming importance of this off-season, however, the Rams have been surprisingly quiet in this free agency period. While this may be part of a deliberate strategy, the silence from Rams has disconcerted many fans. Apart from tender offers to three exclusive rights free agents, the Rams’ gains can best be summed up as the re-signing of two of their own players, albeit important ones. The more obvious positions of need (safety, cornerback, offensive line, wide receiver) are yet to be addressed, and with marquee names flying off the shelves in the initial twenty-four hours of free agency, it seems as if the front office is happy to wait for April’s draft and leave their increased cap space untouched…at least for now.

The Rams have hardly been sitting back though and have, according to rumor at least, shown an interest in some players who may have made a valuable contribution to the team’s prospects. Safety Jairus Byrd received significant attention from Rams fans, only to see him sign with the Saints. Cornerback Alterraun Verner was, likewise, a hot commodity for the blue-and-gold, but went to Tampa Bay instead. A lesser known name, tackle Geoff Schwartz, also piqued the interest of Rams Nation, but decided to pledge allegiance to the New York Giants. And, perhaps most worryingly, Rodger Saffold agreed to a mammoth contract to take him away from St Louis and to the Oakland Raiders. The Rams, it seemed, were 0-4. Like in the not-so-old times.

As has been well documented, though, the Raiders reneged on their deal and Saffold returned to St Louis for a reduced, though sizeable, amount. While the oft-injured guard/tackle perhaps did not deserve the furore that heralded his return to the team, his re-signing is, nonetheless, an important one as it adds consistency and his flexibility to the offensive line. Saffold’s tenure in Oakland might have been shorter than even former head coach Hue Jackson’s, but their loss is undoubtedly St Louis’ gain, even if it still does not fully address the franchise’s issues. The re-signing of Jo-Lonn Dunbar, whose impact was felt after returning to the team following his four-game suspension last year, was another helpful act, but the next key move is still firmly very much in the offing.

But the most frustrating factor of the Rams’ off-season is, perhaps, neither their failure to sign players like Byrd or Verner, nor the loss of Chris Williams or Kellen Clemens. Instead, the loss of Shelley Smith to the Miami Dolphins represents a major loss to an interior line that has now lost three of its members, and was close to losing a fourth. Smith was a solid player who would have added continuity to the offensive line, and the fact that the Rams were unable to retain him is a source of frustration. On the other hand, it opens the possibility for a suitable replacement to be found in the Draft, although this experiment is yet to pay dividends with Barrett Jones.

The latest rumors have linked the Rams to wide receiver Kenny Britt. While this is unlikely to set Rams Nation on fire, a “prove yourself” deal might prove worthwhile. Until then, however, expect the Rams to lie low as the wait for Draft day to pick up these remaining pieces.

Tags: Rodger Saffold St. Louis Rams

  • Pridenpoise

    It’s funny how now that the Rams have Saffold back it’s the Raiders loss, but when the Raiders signed his injured ass, the Ram fans were all laughing, I am now laughing at you.

    • Nathan Kearns

      The Rams “laughed” because the Raiders signed Saffold for $40+ million dollar to be their starting left tackle; now, he is signed for $6M per year to play on the interior, where he has actually performed like a Top 10 positional player

      • Pridenpoise

        And now the injured, and injury prone player is yours. 6 million for a positional player, whatever turns your crank.

        • Nathan Kearns

          Positional player… as in Top 10 interior lineman…. for $10M less than what he signed for in Oakland. Take your saltiness somewhere else. Enjoy the over-the-hill veteran signings in the Black HOle.

          • Pridenpoise

            Always injured, I guess if your never on the field the Lambs look at that as a plus, at least the Raiders are signing players, unlike the Lambs, who will be left at the bottom of the division AGAIN. If you don’t like my “saltiness” then STFU, and don’t respond.

          • Nathan Kearns

            *hands you a tissue*

          • Pridenpoise

            Wipes ass with said tissue and says ” look it’s identical to the Rams 2014 roster” lmao

          • Hereyago

            Just to be clear, this is a 4-12 Raiders fan making fun of a bad team? There were only two teams in the entire league that had a worse record than you last year. Plus, you were on the bottom of your division as well. You are one of the few teams that has absolutely no room to talk crap against the rams. The rams managed better in the hardest division in the league. I’m not even a rams fan and i felt inclined to respond to this absurdity.

          • Pridenpoise

            The Raiders won 4 games with half the money that the Rams had and every other team, the fact that you feel the need to add your two cents while neglecting to mention what team you are attached to leads me to believe you’re to embarrassed, sorry I’m not a fair weather fan that leaves my team when their in a funk, but why I’m I even talking about this to some ass who read one comment, and decided to leave his opinion, which may I remind you, opinions are like assholes, do I need to finish the rest.

          • CSconce

            As a KC Chiefs fan, I’ve come to realize that chokeland faider fans are both low class and low intelligence. I would advise against ingauging one in any attempt at meaningful and reasonable conversation as they are not capable of such advanced thought. You would get more meaningful feedback from repeatedly banging your head against a wall, and would walk away with less of a headache!!

          • Pridenpoise

            Low intelligence, that’s a laugh, maybe you should look up those big words like engaging before you look like the dummy. Oops to late. Chokeland Faiders, that’s new, I guess when your team finally has a winning season, you get all wet and messy, just remember they’re still a bunch of losers who had one of the biggest playoff collapses I’ve ever seen, and there is no reason to expect anything different this year. Now go brush up on your vocabulary if you want a war of words with me you dipshit.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            Fact of the matter is. The rams will woop the raiders ass any day and any time of the week. The raiders made a bad signing strictly because they signed agreed to over pay him and didn’t know nothing about him. Then they lied and said he didn’t pass his physical. Funny as hell when Saffold said the raiders told him he passed it. Fact is it was a bust in the raiders face because ya downgraded from that other tackle ya had to Saffold to nobody. That’s what’s making it so bad on their part. It’s no point in arguing it. It’s a very irrelevant topic that no one cares about. It’s a win win for both organizations. Raiders got out of a bad signing and the rams got their guy back.

          • Pridenpoise

            Another big mouth who wants to join the party, Fact is he Rams haven’t done shit in 10 years, so let’s not talk like they’re all that, Fact is the Lambs suck. Another Fact for you since you like them how can I guy pass his physical before he has one, tell me stupid. Go crawl back under your rock, and pray that your QB makes it through half the season because we know he won’t make through the whole season.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            Lmao wow your stupid. If your a raiders fan go look it up. There’s articles out there that clearly say he took a physical. And if my team hasn’t done anything in ten years so be it. I’m still a fan raiders ain’t done Shit since 2003 and are worse than the rams. You can keep going back in time about the past. Fact is that is then. This is now. No one is thinking about the past then years except for x glory teams. So shut the fuck up with that Shit and stop talking all big game over the internet. You wouldn’t say or act like this to my face bruh. So chill the fuck out. Rams will woop the raiders ass and that’s a fact.

          • Pridenpoise

            Oh no it’s the internet tough guy, the guy who picks fights with people on the internet, because he won’t get his face bashed in, after I F*****d you up, I’d go find your mother, and I’d fist her like your daddy never could, you F*****g loser. By the Way the piece of shit took a physical for the lambs, he failed the Raiders physical, I’d also like to add ever since the Lambs added their franchise QB, it seems they have gotten worse, face it the Lambs suck, and so do you. The Raiders will stomp them this year, and you will get to witness it big mouth, now stfu, before you get yourself in trouble you little twerp.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            Bitch say that to my pistol. Again you the one talking the Shit. You say all that and is taking the topic off hand. The topic is sports your dumbass ways to talk about ppls families and my frat. Shut the fuck up. Your conversation is childish and your not getting anywhere by saying irrelevant Shit. I bet your twelve years of age and funny know Shit about fighting. Raiders would not beat the rams. That’s funny you would say that. Your as big as a joke as the raiders. Again you won’t say Abby of this to my face. You beg to prove me wrong I’ll give you my info come talk Shit to my face bitch ass dude and watch these bullets get to flying. Now run scared

          • Pridenpoise

            Lmao, you can dish out but can’t take it, I’m willing to bet you’ve never fired a gun, people that brag about firing guns , and shooting people are scared little children like yourself, come see me bring your gun, and I’ll shove it up your fucking ass, and send you back home to your two daddy’s you’re a loser, you get picked on because you’re a wimp, and then you act like a tough guy on the internet, grow up, get a life you dipshit. Give me your info, lmfao, what a fucking loser, your as big a loser as th Lambs. Now beat it skippy, take your water pistol and go play circle jerk with your boyfriends.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            You must be gay. Your the only one to talk about boyfriends you tag. No one afraid of you and again you deny don’t answer everything I say. As a raider fan you are clueless and in denial. You but fuck. You don’t know what you’re talking about so if you need to just talk big on here to boost your self asteem then go ahead. Not taking you serious one bit. I’m laughing s at you. Again I’ll prove any day and I’m the only that’s actually about showing rather than talking. Stay behind your broke ass cheap ass computer keep talking. Just keep me laughing. Again rams are way better than the raiders and when they play this year they’ll do more than shoe it. Raiders have nothing on the team with bragging about. Ya the star players didn’t even want to stay there. Pathetic and then the franchise is leaving Oakland anyway and going elsewhere. But I’ll allow you to have your fun on here and talk Shit. Now keep on commenting. Do what I say bitch.

          • Pridenpoise

            That’s a nice picture of you and your boyfriends, you homo.

  • Fangface

    Not to smart are you?We were laughing at the contract. We signed him for exactly what his market should be worth. Don’t kid yourself. The Raiders were listening to the rumblings around the league. It was buyers remorse. Now there left with egg on there face and everyone knows it.

    • Pridenpoise

      Not as stupid as you, the buyers remorse was when we bought damaged goods dickhead.

      • Fangface

        There is no damage SON!! You’re not to good at this are you??

  • MIKE D

    The most troubling thing of off season for the Rams is Les Snead statment thier is no glaring weakness on the roster!!!!! Maybe he thinks that WwR Qiick, Finnien, His weak ass tight end for $50 million are superstars.
    We have the best D line, but everyone throw on us. and at WR we have only B players. When the boss thinks he has got it handled,,, we are in troble