The Rams found their veteran help at corner back today, agreeing to terms with Ricky Manning, Jr., who was released from the Bears earlier in the week.
It looks like a good move. Manning had 14 career INTs, posting five working as the nickel with the Bears in 2006. The Bears have had a good pass defense the last two years, ranked 2nd overall in 2006 and 13th overall last season, according to DVOA. Having another corner that can/has played at a level doesn't hurt, and with Fakhir Brown's status for week one still up in the air, this gives them a pro to use at nickel and slide Bartell to Brown's spot.
They also claimed a young safety off waivers from the Colts, Brannon Condren. Condren will most certainly work on special teams, a role he played with Indy in 8 games last season.
As surmised this morning, they released Richard Owens to make room for Condren. They'll have to let one more player go when Manning officially signs his contract.
The Manning signing seems smart, and it's already looking like having a personnel guru in Devaney is starting to pay off.