With the NFL embroiled in CBA negotiations and free agency pretty much at a stand-still, I was fairly surprised when I heard the Rams mentioned in connection with a couple of veteran wide receivers earlier today. First, ESPN’s Adam Schefter sent out a tweet indicating that the Rams could be one of the teams interested in former New York Giant and New Y0rk prison inmate Plaxico Burress. With the Giants connection to Coach Spags, this one seems to make some sense, although Schefter has linked the Rams to every available wide receiver for the last two years with none of them ending up in St. Louis. Personally, I think Burress is certainly worth a look. When he was in his prime, he was exactly what the Rams need: a big-bodied playmaker who can stretch the field. The question is, how close is he to being the player we saw in his prime? He hasn’t played football for several years, and he will certainly need some time to adjust to the game. I think if we learned anything from Michael Vick, it’s that former stars can be productive after getting out of jail. Assuming Spags knows Burress well enough to give him the green light, I say go for it.
Later in the day, I stumbled upon a report that the Rams, along with the Houston Texans, may have shown some interest in former Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Mike Sims-Walker. The Rams aren’t allowed to be in contact with Sims-Walker yet, so I hope nothing comes from that, but if this report is true, then count me in. I talked about Sims-Walker a bit last week, but I would love it if he were to put on the horns next season. Let’s hope that the team remains interested when free agency actually kicks in.