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Random Ramsdom 3/9: Gearing up for free agency 2014

For better or worse, the St. Louis Rams have made several costly attempts to improve their roster in the past couple free agency periods. Will year three of the Jeff Fisher and Les Snead era be more of the same?

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Rams won't go on spending spree -- The Post-Dispatch
For the first time in the Jeff Fisher and Les Snead era, the St. Louis Rams may not make waves and headlines in free agency.  That is because the team's current salary cap situation -- coupled with the fact that this year's free agent class is lacking by recent standard -- should not permit them to do so.

Rumors, speculation, hoopla and whatever --
Gregg Rosenthal lays out all the information (factual and imaginative) that we have learned prior to the official opening of the period when players are free to sign with other teams. Once again, it's just a matter of time before Tennessee running back Chris Johnson joins the group.

How the fan base would like the  Rams to draft -- Ramblin' Fan
Who should the Rams draft in the first round? Voice your opinion. According to a pole conducted by Ramblin' Fan, the greater majority of Rams Nation would prefer the team went offensive playmaker early.

NFC West team needs --
This may come as a surprise, but the best division in football actually has its fair share of roster deficits. Elliot Harrison lists wide receiver as the Rams' greatest need. Agree or disagree?

Free agency plans and trajectory -- ESPN NFC West blog
St. Louis Rams knowledge guru Nick Wagner outlines the team's current and pending moves and inquiries. Could free agent guard Shelley Smith have higher bidding suitors? Wagoner still expects the Rams to part ways with Harvey Dahl relatively soon.

Video: Bernie talks Rams draft plans -- The Post-Dispatch
When April and the 2014 NFL Draft finally arrive, will the Rams take chances and stir the pot? Or will they take the "best player available" approach? Or are the two one in the same? Bernie Miklasz gives his take.

Jets cut Pro Bowl corner Antonio Cromartie -- ProFootballTalk
Don't go jumping to conclusions -- either good or bad -- just yet. Yes, the Rams are in the market for a corner or two, but Antonio Cromartie is not without his baggage.  The soon-to-be 30 year old former first-round pick will undoubtedly seek a steep contract; however, it remains to be seen whether he'll be offered one.

How NFL teams scout prospects -- Field Gulls
A seriously strong article by Danny Kelly of SB Nation's Seahawks blog, this shows the inner workings of NFL franchises during their rookie scouting process. Evaluation, grading and, eventually, the draft board are just a smidgen of the overall undertaking.

Taking a look at the St. Louis Rams -- Niners Nation
Let's be honest -- if there is anyone whose perspective on the Rams you value most, it has to be that of a San Francisco 49ers fan. Seriously, though, WesHanson throws no punches. His take is valid and noted.

Coach Jeff Fisher sits down with Rich Eisen to discuss the Rams, the combine and much more.

Steven Jackson slides the Great Wall of China