I have been reading comments recently about how much Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson or Terrel Owens would help this unimpressive group of wide receivers wearing horns. I am writing this post to clearify a little why it is to late for this group to help, and that also includes Mr. Plaxico "Cheddar Bob" Burress.
This young group of receivers is really showing promise. I can honestly say that I don't see Brian Quick, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis, and Greg Salas still in blue and gold in 2015. If all live up to their potential, then the cost of them all would be to much to bear. If any, or all, of this group show nothing, then I can also see no player still on the team. Four wide receivers with two years total NFL experience equals no cuts until at least 2013.
Two years ago, the St. Louis Rams reached a 7-9 record, and one win away from a playoff berth. That was without any of the above mentioned players. This would have been the perfect time for either 85 or TO, but alas, the Rams draft two receivers in the 3rd and 4th rounds.
Just last year, the Rams digress and do it well. This off-season was the last chance really, to sign any big name receiver. Instead, Snead/Fisher decide to bolster other needs as a whole on this team with additions of Scott Wells, Cortland Finnegan, Kendal Langford, and Steve Smith. In my opinion, neither Wells or Finnegan could have been signed if a free agent like Vincent Jackson would have been acquired.
So during this draft, the Rams showed that they are going to try and solve this wide receiver problem through the draft with Quick and Givens in the 2nd and 4th rounds respectively.
Now that Chad Johnson is freshly on the market and with "Cheddar Bob" Burress still available, there have still been mentions of a late signing of either player. It has been heard that there is likely only six receiver positions available come week 1, and it seems very, very unlikely that any rookie or one year player will be cut without really being able to prove the promise they have shown so far.
With Steve Smith in his first year in horns, and with Danny "Sam Bradford's go to guy" Amendola a sure lock, any cut looks like a risky move. Especially since all Ram receivers mentioned will receive less than $2.6 million. Is a probable $5+ million salary for Burress and an aged Johnson that seemingly is in jail more than in pads really worth cutting a very young player with promise?
I would also like to mention that Brandon Gibson, who was not drafted by the Rams, is only 24 and a preseason super star. If he can show any of that during the regular season, Gibson is a lock for sure. So now there are locks for seven different players, and I truly hope all hope for the signing of risky high salary/drama club players have died.
Please tell me if you agree or disagree and why in the comments section below.