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Random Ramsdom 3/6: Rams Release Cortland Finnegan, Free Agency Decisions, & NFL Mock Drafts

The St. Louis Rams and Cortland Finnegan weren’t able to come to terms, and therefore they’ve decided to part ways. That’s not all that’s going on in St. Louis, though…

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Cort Finnegan To Be Released By Rams:

You probably saw this one coming.  Heck, he probably saw this one coming.  Regardless, Cortland Finnegan has been [or will be, when the new league year begins] released by the team.  After a very disappointing 2013 campaign, his lofty $10mil per year contract just wasn’t feasible, given the Rams already cap-strapped situation.

Far more interesting is the manner in which he notified [the majority] of the organization.  According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Finnegan may have notified Jeff Fisher of his inability to come to terms. The rest of the world found out at the same time…via Twitter…

Rams Make Qualifying Offers to Three Free Agents:  St. Louis Post Dispatch

The Rams have made tender offers to three of their four exclusive rights free agents: center Tim Barnes, quarterback Austin Davis and wide receiver Justin Veltung.  Look out NFC West!

Rams Free Agent Preview - Linebacker:  ESPN NFL Nation

Nick Wagoner covers the players currently on the Rams depth chart, as well as their impending free agents.  He also discusses the team’s needs - and best fits - at the position.  So what’s the verdict?

NFL Free Agency… Buyer Beware:  Monday Morning QB

Fans love the flurry of free agency. Unfortunately, so do some teams. But if you think that shiny free agent signing is too good to be true, it's because it probably is…

A Final Free Agency Primer For the Rams:  Cover 32

It has been 66 long days since the Rams bowed out of the 2013 regular season in Dec. 29′s 27-9 loss at Seattle. In that time, we’ve had nothing to feed our relentless appetite for all things Rams except mass disparate conjecture over the team’s two first round picks, the value of guard/tackle Rodger Saffold, and the future of quarterback Sam Bradford.

Buy or Sell The St. Louis Rams’ Free Agents:  Ramblin’ Fan

Most of the attention in free agency is focused on the "new" pieces that teams hope to add to their existing roster. Last season, the St. Louis Rams made major waves, signing the top offensive tackle and, arguably, the top pass-catching tight end in the free agent class. This year, the Rams will likely step more calmly into those waters, with limited funds (i.e. cap space; at this point) to truly make any massive impact through new signees. However, the under-rated aspect of free agency is the re-signing of players already on the roster. Maintaining the talent currently on your roster is just as, if not more, important than adding new talent.

The Free Agent Top 100:  Pro Football Talk

While there are several players the Rams [or at least their fan base] may covet in the 2014 offseason, only one current player graces PFT’s Top 100.  Which players are you interested in acquiring…or should they spend their time [and money] retaining the sole free agent currently residing in St. Louis?

Jake Matthews Meets With Rams at Aggie Pro Day:

Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews will be the seventh member of his family to play in the NFL if he is drafted as expected in May.  He knows his football lineage doesn't hurt him, but hopes that his work as a four-year starter for the Aggies is what really wows the scouts.

Needs of the NFL Draft’s Top 5 Teams:  The Fake Pigskin

It’s fair to say not everyone will agree on the Top 3 team "needs" for the St. Louis Rams.  There are several positions along the offensive line that could be addressed.  The Rams still need that "true number one" wide receiver…don’t they?  Many feel that they should solidify the defense by taking an OLB or DE in the first two rounds of the upcoming draft.  What does the Fake Pigskin think are the Rams’ biggest needs?

Free Agency Perspective. 2013 In Review:  National Football Post

Another important phase of the NFL offseason will begin on March 11 as free agency gets underway. To help set the stage, this article will take a look back at 2013 free agency and its "big picture" outcomes. This will provide some indication of what can be expected this year and provides at least a modicum of perspective.

While you might want to copy that Seattle defensive scheme, in order to make it work you need to find your Earl Thomas – you need that rangy free safety. Is Jairus Byrd that guy?

Just recently the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were added to the list of teams that got a new logo as well as a new uniform design.  It is a commonality in Rams Nation, that fans want new uniforms. Ever since the classic blue and yellow uniforms were taken away after the 1999 Super Bowl winning season, fans have wanted them back.  Have a look at these…