Should LA Rams kick tires on Brian Poole or Desmond Trufant?

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Rams Free Agency Option I

DB Brian Poole has been in the NFL for five seasons, and over his career has made a nice niche for himself as a slot corner. Standing 5-foot-10 and weighing 211-pounds, he does not offer exceptional height, but he has the muscular frame and power that is so important for defensive backs to play well in the NFL.

After playing three seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, Poole signed on with the New York Jets for two seasons. He signed on with the Saints in 2021, but was injured and was placed on the team’s injured reserve list. He has since been released due to an injury settlement and should be healthy enough to resume NFL play in the very near-term future.

Poole signed on with the Saints for a minimal contract, which should place him right in the sights of the LA Rams personnel department. He is inexpensive, he is experienced, and he is versatile in both the amount of time he plays and the position he plays.  And he has experience playing for Raheem Morris, which is never a bad thing.

How did Poole play in 2020? He was great for the New York Jets, intercepting two passes and putting up a Pro Football Focus grade of 77.1 for his performance. He is primarily a slot cornerback, which is rather limiting to the way the Rams defense works. But he could be coached into a more diverse role.

Poole is certainly worth bringing in. He has a career of allowing less than 65 percent of the passes thrown his way to find a receiver, as well as seven interceptions. He has all the makings of a key player in the Rams defense. There is only one thing wrong with this scenario? The Rams have to bring him in and sign him.