That's why they call them trade rumors. The Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints agreed to a deal to send Reggie Bush to South Beach, which seems entirely appropriate from a celebrity standpoint. However, that means the St. Louis Rams will need to seek another answer for running back.
The Rams have been quiet in free agency since agreeing to terms with S Quintin Mikell on Tuesday. But it hasn't been for lack of trying. GM Billy Devaney was in a race with division rivals, the Seattle Seahawks, for WR Sidney Rice; the Seahawks signed him. The Rams lost out to a division rival on another player they were said to be targeting: Packers OG Daryn Colledge, who signed with Arizona.
Seattle defensive tackle Brandon Mebane is whispered to be another big time target for the Rams, but Seattle wants to keep him and Denver also wants to bring him over for their new 4-3 defense. According to the Post-Dispatch, it's unlikely that the Rams will sign Mebane. Bernie Miklasz from the PD said that the Rams are most likely going to add a DT via free agency, but are "waiting for the price to drop." After Mebane, I don't know who there is that would require waiting for a price drop.
Another option the Rams are said to be interested in is Colts DT Daniel Muir, who certainly lacks the star power of Mebane. Muir has half a sack in four years of play, but possesses the kind of potential that could be a good match for a coach like Spagnuolo.
On the running back front, Omar Kelly from the Florida Sun-Sentinal, says that the Rams are the front runners for Darren Sproles. We've heard that he's been their target all along. The secondary market for running backs should set up today, with DeAngelo Williams signed. Or, it may not until something breaks with Ahmad Bradshaw, who was the Dolphins favorite until he priced himself out of their interest.
Jim Thomas at the PD says that Jason Snelling, who was drafted by Atlanta when Devaney was in the front office, and Jerome Harrison are options for the Rams. In all honesty, Snelling might be the best option. Jackson is a very good receiver, a guy that can spread out wide, in the slot or in the backfield. He lacks the speed of Bush, Sproles or Harrison, but still can provide the offense with that versatility.
The strangest item from the PD report is the Rams having looked at WR Brian Finneran. He's tall...and he's 35. Why bother? The NY media still says that Plaxico Burress is in play for the Rams.
The Rams are also said to be interested in wide receivers Malcom Floyd and Braylon Edwards, whose price tags should be setting up now that Rice has signed.
The Broncos, Seahawks and Titans are interested in Rams free agent TE Daniel Fells, per his agent. The Rams are too, but that's a crowded spot, and he probably wouldn't be guaranteed a job. Look for him to sign elsewhere.
On the linebacker front, the Rams interest in Houston FA Zac Diles isn't a solo thing. Adam Caplan at Fox says the Bears, Seahawks and others are interested. The damn Seahawks. Diles is the best of the linebackers being talked about for the Rams' options right now.
In other news, Washington traded DT Albert Haynesworth to New England.
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