In what might be the most disappointing free agent news for the St. Louis Rams so far, the Buffalo Bills will reportedly win the bidding for Saints free agent wide receiver Robert Meachem, according to WGR 550 in Buffalo. Another receiver may be joining the Rams, instead, Harry Douglas from the Falcons. According to reports from Atlanta, Douglas is choosing between the Rams and the Falcons. His agent is exchanging contract proposals with both teams at the moment.
Scratch that, Douglas resigned with the Falcons.
Douglas has the best year of his career in 2011, catching 39 passes for 498 yards and a touchdown. He saw most of his work filling in while Julio Jones was out of the lineup. Obviously Rams GM Les Snead is familiar with Douglas from his time in Atlanta.
Douglas is a slot receiver and a fairly one-dimensional deep threat. The question for Douglas is whether or not last year was something of a breakout or just a fluke. Snead obviously believes the Falcons' third-round pick from 2008.
Douglas was looking for $3 million per season, but that seems a little expensive given his track record and limited production. He is at least a type of receiver the Rams lack currently.
As for who is left out there, the market is getting thin. Meachem was an attractive option for the Rams, and looked poised for a breakout in a system where he would get more targets than with the loaded Saints.
Still unsigned are Brandon Lloyd, Mario Manningham (a pricier version of Douglas), Reggie Wayne, Laurent Robinson and ... and ... Braylon Edwards (pass).