What a blast watching these compressed days of free agency - I wish they did it like this every year. I have found myself enjoying the ebb and flow of acquiring new talent and missing out on those players Ram's nation thought should be acquired by the team. I have read with interest each post, reply and TST article. My interest in the Rams has been magnified and enriched by all of you during the past few days.
This may never happen again though.
My sense of what is happening for the St. Louis Rams is that the FO was given free reign by the Kroenke to make the Rams a serious playoff team this year. The rookie scale and salary cap provided opportunity (well-endowed teams like Dallas and New England can't hoard good players), and some players (Bell and Fletcher) have unselfishly provided some more cap space. Thus the FO has been diligently filling each team need with players who are more capable than the ones we had before. There is more work to do - another OLB, a RB, and more depth. I believe these positions will be added as well. But this may never happen again because the Rams after this season will act more like the Steelers and Packers and continue to build through the draft for starters, depth and then get a key FA or two. Why? Because it has proven to be the best way to build a team for the long term. We got lucky this year. As a team on the rise, it could have been one more year of drafting players and building a team the slow way before we hit the playoffs, but the lockout and resulting CBA helped us by providing the opportunity to quickly strengthen our weaknesses and get players that Spags and his assistants can integrate into the offensive and defensive schemes they want to run.
We'll have to wait for the season to play out, but to me this is starting to feel like the beginning of something special: a Greatest Show on Turf type QB in Bradford and a 70's type monster defense.
Side Note: Why did Kroenke loosen the purse strings(besides the fact the CBA wants teams to spend a certain amount) - he wants to see if Spags can produce or he'll go get his own coach.