Since hiring GM Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher in 2012, the Rams have made it their annual business to sign veteran free agents on June 14. And they're not necessarily "big name" free agents, as most of them have already signed elsewhere, but more so for depth.
If you’ll remember last year, the Rams added experience to extremely young secondary by signing FS Matt Giordano. The ex-Raider has just come off a full 16-game campaign in Oakland; 13 of which he started. In the seven seasons prior - with the Colts, Packers, Saints, and Raiders - he’d only started 15. As you’re aware, Giordano was not re-signed by the team at the conclusion of the 2013 season. He did have one interception, which he converted into a pick-six, in Week 5 against the Jaguars.
The year before that, the Rams acquired LB Rocky McIntosh. Again, this was another move to add depth. McIntosh had just ended his six year career as a Redskin. He’d play in all 16 games for the Rams, but start in only nine as the team’s OLB. The Rams had also acquired JoLonn Dunbar in 2012. He went on to have a stellar season. The 2012 season, like Giordano’s, would be McIntosh’s first and last in a Rams’ uniform.
Both of these players remain free agents today. It’s not very likely the team has any interest in bringing either of these players back. But is there someone else out there that could interest the Rams?
Yesterday, the Kansas City Chiefs released Pro Bowl CB Brandon Flowers. His name is very popular in the Twitter realm this morning, and a lot of Rams' fans seem to be on board. The Rams already have nine CB’s vying for final roster spots. But none of them can be considered veterans. Do the Rams need a veteran in their secondary? The coaches seemed content to head into the 2014 season with a bunch of youngsters before today.
Maybe they go another direction. Harvey Dahl? Richie Incognito? What about, let’s say...Jonathan Vil...nah.
Any player out there you’d like to see the Rams’ take a flyer on in mid-June? Here’s a full list of available free agents from Spotrac.