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2011 NFL Free Agents: The Carolina connection

With Pat Shurmur gone, I suppose all the former Eagles prospects will be enticed to Cleveland, what with its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and...and... Of course, since St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo also has a deep connection with the City of Brotherly Love's football team, maybe there will be bidding wars. There is another way. Last year the Rams tapped into defensive coordinator Ken Flajole's former team, the Carolina Panthers, to sign free agent linebacker Na'il Diggs. Like that move or not, it does represent one other logical connection for the Rams free agent interests. 

There might be another Panthers free agent linebacker for the Rams to consider for their glaring need on the weakside: Thomas Davis. A free agent this year, the 27-year-old spent last season on IR after tearing his ACL. That could make him a slightly risky, slightly discounted free agent. Carolina could re-sign him, and since they plan to use a 4-3 defense under new head coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. Carolina's large group of pricey free agents, including running back DeAngelo Williams, mean that Davis could be a casualty of financial decisions. Or not. 

At the very least, it's a player to keep an eye on during the offseason. 

Oh, all of this assumes that the owners will agree to a new CBA...ha!