So long Sterling Weatherford, we Bear-ly knew you

Chicago Bears Sterling Weatherford, Dominique Robinson
Chicago Bears Sterling Weatherford, Dominique Robinson / Kevin Sabitus/GettyImages

The LA Rams front office continues to add the occasional veteran player to the Rams roster as the right ones become available via the NFL Waiver wire. With the Rams' poor record from the 2022 NFL season, the team has an advantage in the priority of claiming players off waivers, and the Rams have leveraged that advantage this offseason.

Of course, the latest Rams free agency signing was DB/LB Sterling Weatherford, a hybrid defender who showed a great deal of promise last year in preseason games for the Indianapolis Colts. But paring the roster down to 53 players forced the Colts to cut Weatherford, who was quickly scooped up by the Chicago Bears.

The 6-foot-4 221-pound DB/LB Weatherford contributed very well to the Bears' special teams last year. But the Bears waived him this offseason. And that placed him on NFL Waivers, a status that allowed the LA Rams to instantly claim him.

Welcome aboard Sterling Weatherford.

Alas, we Bear-ly knew the guy

The story should have ended there, or at least paused until details of his progress at the Rams training camp emerged. Well, details have emerged, but not the type of news that we were looking for at this point.

Is this a setback? Perhaps. After all, there was a plan in place when the Rams signed the guy. And I have to admit that a 6-foot-4 221-pound hybrid defender who can play both linebacker and defensive back seems awfully intriguing in terms of versatility and ability to plug and play at so many positions on the Rams' defense.

The Rams are no worse and no better than before claiming Weatherford. But it feels disappointing that a player who can be so useful in so many diverse roles won't be doing so for the Rams. And that means that the Rams front office will be shopping once more. Will it be a promising veteran linebacker? A promising defensive back? Or will the Rams focus on signing a productive player for special teams?

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Is it a good sign that the Rams are still trying to round out their roster? Or do you believe that it's a bad sign, indicating that despite so many new faces, the Rams simply are not getting what they want out of their current players? Let us know in the comments section of our Facebook page.