Five Realistic Targets For The Rams
By Shlomo Sprung
With newly-minted free agent Steven Jackson looking elsewhere and Danny Amendola reportedly talking with other teams, it's certainly possible the Rams will have to replace their top two skill position players in free agency. St. Louis also released safety Quintin Mikell, so they will need safety help as well. So let's discuss two running backs, two wide receivers and one safety who would help the Rams.
Michael Turner, RB» Turner's best days are behind him, but if he demands a smaller salary — and would take a shorter term deal — he could be a nice pairing with the emerging Isaiah Pead. Turner would be the power back, while Pead would be the more speedy player who can catch the ball out of the backfield. And with the money saved on not having to give a running back big bucks (Reggie Bush isn't worth the money in my book), the Rams could use the funds to get Sam Bradford a top-notch receiver (more on that later).
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB » Bradshaw is among the second-tier list of free-agent running backs, but he has something left and a lot to prove after being dumped by the Giants. He still rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season (4.6 yards per carry) and appears to be recovered from multiple foot surgeries. He did pretty well with David Wilson as his speedy understudy, and he could pair with Pead next season in a similar role. If I ran a team, there's no way I'd break the bank for a running back unless he was extraordinary, like Adrian Peterson. Bradshaw could be a bargain.
Victor Cruz, WR » Cruz is a restricted free agent with a first-round tender, which means the Giants can match any offer and would receive a first-round pick for Cruz. Since St. Louis has two first-rounders, the lesser value of the two picks (22nd overall) would go to the Giants for a young, marketable game-breaking receiver who would be the perfect gift to Sam Bradford. Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post says the Rams "could make a serious play" for Cruz.
Julian Edelman, WR » If the Rams want to commit money to Brandon Gibson and let Danny Amendola go, Edelman would be a suitable slot substitute. Like Amendola, Edelman was hurt last year, ending the season with a broken foot after playing only nine games. He only caught 21 passes in Tom Brady's offense, but would get a much larger opportunity if he signed with the Rams. It could be a shrewd, unheralded signing.
Louis Delmas, S » Delmas will test the market after his strong play with the Lions and would likely cost less than the $6 million per year they were paying Mikell. Delmas, 25, would fit well with the team's youth movement and would complement the Rams' two top corners, Cortland Finnegan and Janoris Jenkins.