2013 NFL free agents: Rams ready for spring push

Al Messerschmidt

The Rams have kept a low profile through the first weekend of free agency. That's about to change.

The St. Louis Rams didn't do much outward tampering, er, negotiating this weekend during the league's designated window for reaching out to free agents. They nevertheless found their way into the headlines with the release of safety Quintin Mikell. A few outsiders also have designs on some of the Rams free agents, including Danny Amendola.

Let's take a quick check of the latest free agent news and rumors.

The Eagles are now said to be hot on the trail of Danny Amendola, according to reports. His quick twitch style of play and sticky fingers would be a welcome addition to Chip Kelly's offense, an option for the short and intermediate range work while DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin handle the rest of the field. What a deadly combination, huh?

St. Louis is said to have a few outside free agents on the radar as well. Texans safety Grover Quin and Lions safety Louis Delmas, both free agents, are two possibilities given their connections to new defensive coordinator Tim Walton.

Some linebackers are also getting some looks from the Rams. Jim Thomas says that the team has interest in Baltimore's Dannell Ellerbe and Oakland's Phillip Wheeler as an upgrade to the strong side linebacker spot. Ellerbe will be in high demand, and the Browns with oodles of cap space are said to be interested as well.

The Rams have yet to make tender offers to all of their restricted free agents, including a couple players at positions of need. Defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo and safety Darian Stewart have not received offers yet, and given their ties to the last regime, they might be seeking work elsewhere in 2013.

Aside from the big names, the Rams have a few of their own free agents left to talk to. Robert Turner is a low-level re-signing that would help with offensive line depth, especially with Scott Wells' health now a concern. Defensive end William Hayes played a big role in the defensive line's success last year with seven sacks, but will the Rams or some other team be over paying for one big year?

Right tackle Barry Richardson is a free agent. Could he be back as a depth guy? Chris Williams, picked up from the Bears last season, is a free agent and a younger player with some interesting upside, a former first-round pick.

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