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NFL Free Agents: Rams Interested In Marion Barber

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Broken down running backs were thought to be the answer for the St. Louis Rams last season as they looked to fill the spots behind Steven Jackson. Another runner past his prime could be in the mix for the Rams this season. Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune "has heard" that the Rams could be a potential destination for Marion Barber, now deemed nonessential in Chicago after the acquisition of Michael Bush.

Marion Barber, eh ...

Barber averaged 3.7 yards per carry on 114 carries last season with the Bears. His best work is a physical, between-the-tackles kind of runner, which is exactly why he does not have much left in the tank, so to speak.

If the Rams, or any other team signs Barber, he would still have to make it out of camp. This draft is deep with running backs, and it is still likely that the Rams could find one there.

With two picks at the top of the second round, the Rams could easily find one of the top runners available. They could also wait and dip into the pool of able role players in the later rounds. Of course, there is always the possibility of drafting Trent Richardson with their sixth pick in the first round. Depending on how things shake out in front of them, Richardson might be the best player available.