Here's something to turn your head, possibly a full 360 degrees. Other NFL teams are interested in the St. Louis Rams' wide receivers, says general manager Les Snead. That represents quite a change from where things stood just a year ago.
Here was what Snead said on NFL AM on Wednesday morning:
" ... I think we [have] enough receivers that some teams have even called about a few of them that they think are on the bubble."
Snead limited the scope with his "on the bubble" remark. That means guys like Danny Amendola, Brian Quick or Chris Givens, whose status is secure for this season's roster, are likely not among the candidates to be had.
With the release of Mike Campbell, the Rams only have eight receivers in the running for six or seven spots.
The first name that came to my mind was Brandon Gibson, a receiver the Rams dealt for in 2009. He was originally a sixth-round pick by the Eagles that year, but Philadelphia sent him to St. Louis in exchange for linebacker Will Witherspoon.
Gibson has had his ups and downs with the Rams. Last year should have been a breakthrough year for him, but injuries to Sam Bradford and the dysfunctional offense did little to help his value.
Steve Smith and Brandon Gibson, in my mind, are vying for the same spot on the roster. Jeff Fisher said that Smith will get more work with Bradford and the starters this week, giving them a chance to take a longer look at the veteran. He looks to be healthy, and unless he really lays an egg, the Rams might lean toward a veteran possession receiver with career catch rate north of 60 percent.
The other two names that make the most sense are Greg Salas and Austin Pettis. Both had their rookie seasons marred by injuries and a suspension, a broken leg for Salas and a four-game PED suspension for which Pettis still owes Roger Goodell two games. Those two might fetch the most in the way of a return, but not likely more than a sixth-round pick.
Sound far fetched to you? Possibly. Teams can probably wait and see who gets cut. It is worth pointing out that Jeff Fisher made a similar comment about the cornerbacks over the summer, foreshadowing the trade of Josh Gordy to the Colts.
Who would you trade?