Free agency is set to begin a week from today, on Tuesday March 10th. Exciting stuff, eh? Getting some finality on the landing spots of some of the NFL’s big-named free agents will come as a breath of fresh air for yours truly.
So pretend you’re Les Snead. Who in free agency are you targeting if you’re the Rams’ GM? Who makes the immediate, and needed, impact this organization needs?
Players like Ndamukong Suh, Julius Thomas, Randall Cobb, Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin, Mike Iupati, Byron Maxwell, Torrey Smith, and Rodney Hudson are all out there....amongst others. Andre Johnson wants out...could he be headed to Seattle?
Who’s your guy [or guys], Mr. GM?
Cuts and Keepers
The St. Louis Rams have a few in-house decisions to make, as well. The lone offseason move they’ve made in 2015 was releasing Kendall Langford. Certainly not "cap strapped" but the Rams have some work to do if they intend on being active in free agency and, well, upgrading several positions from their current, maybe injured, starters.
The move to release Langford freed up $6mil. That’s not chump change. But guess what? There are a pair of players along the offensive line that could save them another $12mil. Are you cutting, or keeping, Jake Long and Scott Wells?
Thanks to the Dolphins releasing Cortland Finnegan, the Rams’ll received an additional $3mil in cap credit.
And who are you keeping?
The headliner free agents for the Rams include right tackle Joseph Barksdale, tight end Lance Kendricks, and wide receiver Kenny Britt. Do the Rams need to bring all three back?
The Rams QB Situation
All signs point to the Rams rolling with Sam Bradford as their starter in 2015. Despite back-to-back season-ending knee injuries, the Rams don’t currently have a better option at signal caller. Jeff Fisher has been vocal about adding some competition for Bradford from "outside the building."
Is that a rookie? Is it a free agent? Only time will tell. If it’s a rookie, it looks like the Rams’ll have to use their 2nd or 3rd round picks to get their guy. It appears unlikely Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota are sliding down to 10, but stranger things have happened.
Speaking of the draft, who would you take in the first three rounds? The Rams are without a 4th rounder, so the first three players selected should make the biggest impact.
Charlie Campbell, over at Walter Football, updated his 4-round mock draft on Monday. Here’s what he put together for the Rams:
What do you think? What would you change? Need a little help? FanSpeak has a fun little draft simulator that allows you to make picks for the team of your choice. Pick the draft board you want to operate off, and get to mocking! Let us know the results in the comments below.