Eight days into free agency, the Rams’ list of unrestricted free agents has whittled down.
Another free agent left the Rams on Tuesday when little-used receiver Michael Thomas signed with Cincinnati. He joined pass rusher Dante Fowler (Atlanta), linebacker Cory Littleton (Las Vegas), defensive lineman Michael Brockers (Baltimore) and safety Marqui Christian (Jets) as free agents to depart.
Not counting players who were cut or not tendered, the Rams are down to three unrestricted free agents, who are still available and who could return.
Here they are, listed in alphabetical order:
Blake Bortles: The backup quarterback may have to wait to see a clogged quarterback group take shape. Cam Newton and Jameis Winston are free agents and Andy Dalton is available in a trade.
There may not be enough starting jobs for all of them, so, at least one of them may have to sign as a backup. Still, it wouldn’t be a shock if Bortles returned.
Bryce Hager: The backup linebacker may have to wait a bit as well. There is a chance Hager, who has spent his entire five-season career with the Rams, could return.
Greg Zuerlein: The kicker, who has spent his entire eight-season career with the Rams, struggled last season. He converted a career-low 72.7 percent of his field goals. The Rams may look to upgrade, but the free-agent kicker group is weak and with just six draft picks, the Rams have other draft needs. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Rams give Zuerlein a chance to rebound. He has been terrific for much of his career.