The St. Louis Rams "could be" shopping veteran cornerback Bradley Fletcher, says Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch. In light of last year's injuries at the position, it raises a few questions about the final shape of the team's roster in the secondary.
JT's report jives with something Adam Schefter said earlier:
Other teams inquiring about Rams' surplus of CBs.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 31, 2012
Trading Fletcher might be their best hope for getting some help at defensive tackle, a position that is perilously thin after the team learned starter Michael Brockers suffered a high ankle sprain on Thursday night. Even if that means dealing Fletcher for draft picks, they still might be able to grab some ammo for a secondary trade.
Fletcher has starting credibility, and he can play well in a press man system. A third-round pick in 2009, Fletcher is scheduled to hit free agency after this season. He has recently been working with the second and third team defense after starting training camp as the third corner on the roster. More than a few team are looking for cornerback help.
So what does this mean for the Rams? Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan have the top spots locked down, pun intended. Trumaine Johnson and Jerome Murphy have split the workload, with Johnson getting a more of the snaps. With Fletcher out of the picture, that would leave only those four corners and UDFA Quinton Pointer.
Are those five guys enough or will they try and find another experienced corner to complement the youth? Joselio Hanson is a very good third corner, a slot specialist that figures to be in high demand.