I couldn't agree more with a lot of the posts that have been popping up about the Rams lack of interest in the free agent market. Teams can not be built through the draft entirely anymore. It just can't happen. By the time you make your selections in the third Successful draft, the players that you had drafted 3 years earlier will be near the end of their contracts and itching to leave for big money on the free agent market. In today's day and age you have to do both, pick up key free agents (spend some money) and draft well to have a successful team.
A few of you have said we are building through the draft because that is what the great teams do. If so, who are these teams? The 80's 49ers and 90's Cowboys didn't have to worry about a salary cap because it wasn't there until 1994. Of course the 8 (2 of which were first rounders) extra draft picks from the Herschel Walker trade didn't hurt either. The 99-03 Rams did it through free agency and the draft, the Patriots did it mainly through free agency with a couple of notable draft choices, so which teams are you talking about anyway? Anyone before 94 doesn't count because it was an entirely different ballgame before free agency.
Not giving a sniff to any key free agents this year makes me think that something is amiss. Not all of them were over priced old guys as I have been told over and over by different people on this site. If you look over the entire listing by position (http://www.nfl.com/freeagency#players-tab-set-1:players-grid-container-position) you would be surprised at the players that were and are still out there. So my problem with Rams management is why, are we picking up back ups to our starting back ups when all but about 5-6 players would be back ups on other clubs? At some point we have to make some drastic moves in free agency or via trade: ah la Marshal Faulk. I'll bet the same people would be saying that Marshal Faulk is "old and over priced" and "we are not one or two players away from a Super Bowl". Haha!
My proposal goes like this. See what people are offering for Steven Jackson, whether it would be players for player, player and draft pick, or just a couple picks, just test the waters and see what is out there. If we get, and this is pure speculation; a second rounder and a good player (DE, CB, DL) a first rounder or maybe even a schmorgas board of all of these possibilities it would be well worth it in my opinion. Now you have to remove yourself from emotion like the Cowboys did when they traded Walker for picks. Jackson has 3 or 4 more years (if he is lucky) left in the tank. He just had a good year considering the "8 man in the box" defenses he ran into all year, so his stock would be high. He will not be a part of a successful Rams team until he is well past his prime. So why not!? Running backs are a dime a dozen in the draft and NFL anyway, most teams have two good ones. That will be an easy position to replace.
Next I would pick up a real stop gap QB like Delhomme, Anderson, Mcnabb, Campbell or even see what Jeff Garcia is up to. Once he is in place, we have a starter that has had some success and will win you some ball games in the meantime. It will help keep fans in the seats, watching games and spending money. This of course means you can trade down in the draft or take Suh who has a higher chance of succeeding statistically anyway. We can use the extra picks from the Jackson trade along with our own to shore up our O-Line, WR, and Defense. This year or next pick up one of 5 good running backs that enter the draft every year to fill Jackson's spot. If we get players for Jackson then that's all the better, providing they are better than what we have and are 28 yrs old or under.
Now last but not least, with the 5th pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the Rams select Jake Locker! This gives our young players, O line, another year to develop,it also adds talent through the draft and puts a veteran signal caller over our young prima donna QB to insure that he develops correctly and is not thrown to the wolves prematurely. It is a win win and the only way I can think of to break a long standing losing tradition.
Or we can sit on Jackson, use the same bunch that we had out there last year minus Togs and Little add 2 to 3 kids to the line-up one being a QB and give it a go. If that's the plan, I will be in the corner defecating into my hands and throwing it at people instead of watching that product. : ) Go Rams! Feel free to express your opinion.