NFL free agency took the world by storm last week. It was as mad scramble for teams to make the needed roster additions and move forward with the business of getting ready for the 2011 NFL season. The St. Louis Rams busied themselves, signing a platoon of free agent starters and role players to shore up some key areas of the roster. And they haven't finished yet, still looking for a running back and linebacker help. Let's dive into the headlines this morning.
Bell stayed because "we've got a good thing going"
Jacob Bell ultimately decided to stay with the Rams on a restructured contract because of the potential the team has, especially the offensive line. I'm sure he also realized that this was more of a buyer's market for free agents, with lots of one-year deals being handed out to players.
Upside on Mike Sims-Walker is Signficant
Reaction to the Mike Sims-Walker addition divides Rams fans. People seem to either love it or hate it. Howard Balzer of ESPN 101 talks to Walker's old coach, who also worked with some other NFL receivers. Both see plenty of upside to Walker for the Rams.
Rams add DT Daniel Muir
Daniel Muir is the new Gary Gibson. Muir owns a large body used exclusively for stopping the run. This should give youngsters Jermelle Cudjo and Darrell Scott some competition, hopefully motivate them.
Jackson, Faulk...the early days
When Steven Jackson first came to the Rams, it created tension between him and Marshall Faulk. The waters have since calmed, obviously.
Denver seems excited about Daniel Fells
They're excited about Daniel Fells in Denver...and who can blame them. However, at this point, you've probably seen the best out of Fells. If he can be a more consistent player, he'll stick around for a while.
Frank Gore to end brief holdout
Damn. Can't win them all I guess. Gore will report without the new contract he was seeking. How far into the season can he make it without injury? Another thing, the 49ers sure have been quiet in free agency.
The Pigskin Arch " Spags’ Rams Camp Update: July 31
More from Rams practice yesterday, including thoughts from Spagnuolo adding "big men."
Rookie free agent profile: Eddie Wide, RB, Utah
Rams Gab has a look at UDFA RB Eddie Wide from Utah. Wide is the only UDFA running back the Rams signed, which should tell you something about their plans for the position this year. However, Wide doesn't have much chance of making the NFL.
The hunt for Steven Jackson's backup continues
Rams Herd takes a look at a couple of the backup running back options being discussed.