Neal Sayatovich

Rams Must Give Bradford Some Support Up Front

Created on Mar. 14, 2014 8:36 PM EST

Free agency started and within minutes many people were scratching their heads, from the Denver shopping spree to Blaine Gabbert being traded to the San Francisco 49ers. The largest mystery may be the lack of moves by the St. Louis Rams in the opening days.
Despite heavy needs along the offensive line, no one has been signed. In fact, it took only a matter of hours before two Rams lineman were plucked from the market. Rodger Saffold and Chris Williams were quickly targeted to fill holes in Oakland and Buffalo.
Saffold was offered a five-year, $42.5 million deal by the Raiders within the first few hours of free agency, but he reportedly failed his physical. Shortly thereafter he re-signed with the Rams for $31.7 million. While the failed physical raises concerns, Saffold is a part of the system and is at least one retained starter.
Williams signed with the Bills for four years, $13.5 million.   With targets available like Brandon Albert, Eugene Monroe and Jared Veldheer, the Rams felt content to sit back and watch. This was mildly concerning to see a lack of effort by St. Louis. Even after the first two days, no major names have been linked to the Rams by any credible source.
Cornerback is another need that is not being addressed. No viable replacement has been found for recently departed Cortland Finnegan. While the defense is still strong, the last thing any team wants is a weak secondary in a pass-happy league. Yet, the team continued to watch as Aquib Talib, Darrelle Revis and Alterraun Verner all were signed to other teams.
St. Louis needs to start making some moves in the coming days. While it may not be necessary to sign a big name, adding some depth couldn't hurt. To say the offensive line looks anemic is being to generous. If I was a Rams fan I would be sweating mildly about the state of protection for Sam Bradford. Plenty of time remains for St. Louis to surprise us, so the best we can do is wait and see.
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