Rams released Becht today. Obviously McMichael will be the featured tight end, and Klopfenstein to back him up. I guess this makes sense since we just signed blocking specialist FB Mike Karney.
I must say I'm really liking the looks of our inside offense. We can run it down the middle Jason Brown plowing through with Karney following and Jackson right behind him! McMicheal will also provide some good play action scenarios. if only we can get some help on WR next!
[Note by VanRam, 03/12/09 2:15 PM EDT ] The move saves the Rams $1 million in salary cap space. And the roster continues to get younger. Becht turns 32 before the season starts. He was marginally effective last season, among the ranks of Rams blockers most generously described as uninspiring. There were even those strange instances where Al Saunders tried to get Becht involved in the offense...usually at times when we really needed to move the ball, like 3rd downs.
The Rams still have some deadweight on the depth chart at TE. I'm looking at you Joe Klopfenstein. I suspect the team will try and add a blocking TE to replace Becht. Reports of interest in 49ers blocker Billy Bajema surfaced a while back, and the Rams and Jets are still reported to be the primary suitors for his services. Of c ourse, it seems like a pure blocking TE can probably be found in the late rounds of the draft or even among the ranks of undrafted rookies next month.
Now, the question is who's the #2 TE behind McMichael? Klopfenstein has been mostly frustrating, another Rams second round pick drifting without any real strength or role. Waiver wire pick up Daniel Fells flashed some promise last season, making a case to replace Klop on the roster.