Jeff and Les are no-nonsense kinda guys. This is what you need in the men running your team. They aren't afraid to say no and they aren't afraid to say bye. You don't get slaps on the wrists, you get feet in the ass. I love watching them work and listening to their thought processes in interviews. it doesn't get much better than these two around the league.
With Jeff Fisher being such a defensive minded coach, there's one thing he WILL NOT let happen this offseason and that is this: Our defense will not take a step back. With this in mind, there is one and only one person on this team that is absolutely not expendable as an unrestricted free agent. That man is none other than William Hayes. He may be our best defensive lineman. There is nothing he cannot do. He can line up as a DE or a DT and is stout as a pass-rusher and a run defender. He is an absolute must-have returnee. We will bring this man back for at least 3 years and hopefully more.
To me, with Danny Amendola's agent mouthing off out loud to the media when we claimed Titus Young off waivers can mean only one thing; his "glass" frame is a concern around the league. 12 games in 2 years? That's all but pathetic. Yes, he had one great game last year, but he never had another game like that 150 yard performance. I love the player and I love the heart and attitude, but he is expendable. The money he wants is too much. There's no way it'll be worth it in the long run.
Steven Jackson is nothing but a beast. That is known around the league. He has maybe two years left, tops. As much as I love him, I want to see him win. If anyone deserves it, it's that man. Let him go somewhere who can give him that trophy next year.
Other sure departures that are currently under team contract are as follows: Wayne Hunter, Quintin Mikell, and Eugene Sims. These cuts will save us about $14 million plus Jackson's void of about $7 million. Where that will end up at is unclear to me. But, it'll leave us with a decent amount to spend.
The free agents will will likely try to resign with that money are as follows: William Hayes and Robert Turner. They are must-haves. Both can play multiple positions and were invaluable to the team last year.
The 2013 NFL Draft will shape the future of this team. This is the draft we need to hit on. We need at least 4 players that will make a large impact in their own way.
#16 - Trade to Denver for #28 and #90 - Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
Denver needs a DT and if one falls to us, look for them to want to pull off a trade for the big pass-rusher.
#22 - Jonathan Cyprien SS Florida International
Cyprien is the most Jeff Fisher-like player in the entire bunch. He has the ability to come in at SS and make the plays that Quintin Mikell has while also become a better coverage threat. The SS will get his TFLs and Sacks but will also contribute with 2 or 3 Interception a year.
#28 - Alec Ogletree ILB/OLB Georgia
Ogletree will come in as the SSOLB this year, but with Dunbar on his last year of contract, he will fill the WSOLB position for years to come. He will be able to stay on the field during Nickel Package Formations and will use his sideline to sideline speed to be stout against the run.
#46 - Zach Ertz TE Stanford
Ertz will provide Bradford with extra blocking and pass catching help. With only 3 WRs on the current roster, adding a "hands" TE to compliment Kendricks will be a big help in the long run. This will allow for more double sets with a smaller WR group coming in and out, leading to better communication and more repetitions with less players.
#78 - Dallas Thomas OT Tennessee
Thomas is the kind of player who can step in and play either guard or tackle. He would be a wall on the right side of the line and compliment Harvey Dahl very well. He has a ton of upside and will be a great blocker in the long-run as well as the here and now.
#90 - Tharold Simon CB Louisiana State
#110 - T.J. McDonald FS Southern California
The free safety position was a joke for St. Louis last year. Adding a player like McDonald in the 4th would be a great addition to the stacked defensive backfield for the Rams.
#142 - Kevin Reddick ILB North Carolina
Adding LB depth is a must for the Rams. The better LB corps you have, the better your special teams will be.
#185 - Ace Sanders WR/KR South Carolina
Having an actual return threat will give the Rams an aded offensive dimension.
#222 - Marquess Wilson WR Washington State
More receiving depth in the final round.
FS TJ McDonald
SS Jonathan Cyprien NB Trumaine Johnson
CB Janoris Jenkins WOLB Jo-Lon Dunbar MLB James Laurinaitis SOLB Alec Ogletree CB Courtland Finnegan