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St. Louis Rams free agent tracker: Henry Melton signs with Dallas,

The Rams lost one potential addition, but they still have their eyes on a few more.


It looked like the St. Louis Rams might have had their hands on a steal of a deal. Former Bears defensive tackle was on his way to town -- I'm not entirely sure he actually made it -- for a free agent visit with the Rams, fresh off a visit with the Dallas Cowboys. Melton was reportedly keeping the lines open with Dallas. We should have known what that meant.

We'll have to see what the final numbers are, but Melton got a one-year deal with Dallas that converts to a four-year deal if he's on the roster on the first day of the league year in 2015. That's potentially a steal, a real steal.

Of course, defensive tackle is a position of luxury for the Rams who have a very good duo of Kendall Langford and 2012 first-round pick Michael Brockers. Melton would have given them a little more umph in the pass rush, and possibly some cap savings over Langford's deal.

However, the front office still seems intent on finding a free agent defensive lineman.

Alex Carrington

The Rams are reportedly still interested in the former Bills defensive tackle, but they've yet to have a visit. Just 26, Carrington would slot right into the third defensive tackle role for the Rams. Like Langford, he's played at the end position in a three-man front as well as a tackle in a 4-3.

Carrington has had visits with Oakland, Pittsburgh and Seattle, but is still waiting to sign a contract. Might his asking price be a bit high?

Shaun Hill

The veteran backup quarterback came and went without a contract following his meeting with the Rams this week. Both sides are still talking, so the Rams may land a decent passer to backup Sam Bradford, who is coming off an ACL tear and the surgery to fix it. He's expected back for Week 1, but it's not unusual for QBs to struggle after tearing their ACLs. Having an experienced backup like Hill is a good idea for the Rams, regardless of their plans to find a young signal caller in the later rounds of the draft.

The Lions are still talking with Hill too. Deja vu? Yes, because this is exactly what happened in 2012.

In fact, the Rams seem to be doing a fair bit of negotiating with free agents on behalf of other teams, which isn't unusual at all this time of year for the Rams and many others.

Kenny Britt

From quarterbacks to wide receivers ... Britt paid a visit to Washington, but did not sign a deal there either. For those of you keeping track at home, Britt has now visited with the Rams, Patriots and the Redskins.

He's being "deliberate," according to reports. With a clean bill of health on his knee, you can imagine he's looking for the best deal possible. Teams are likely being cautious given his past injury history and rap sheet.

Alright, keep your eyes on the wires today, and use this as the place for discussing free agency as it unfolds.