Hello again everybody. Free agency starting to slow. Owners meetings coming up. Pro days in full force. Let's get to it.
I usually to come up with the Parade Meter until training camp. But right now, I'd say you're in the ballpark.
Here's the scorecard. They've signed veteran LT Andrew Whitworth (Cincy) , young WR Robert Woods (Buff), backup CB and special teamer Kayvon Webster (Denver) and have made an offer sheet on C Ryan Groy (a restricted free agent). They've cut TE Lance Kendricks, DE Eugene Sims, C Tim Barnes. Traded DE William Hayes. And lost WR Kenny Britt to Cleveland in free agency. Yeah, I'd say they still have some work to do.
He was as of the last voting session, doing his usual great job as a presenter to help get Kurt Warner in the Hall of Fame. One of the problems with having a voter in LA is that the LA Times doesn't allow its writers to be voters. You would think that eventually that will happen, however, and that doesn't help the Hall of Fame candidacies of Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt.
It's certainly not a good sign for Greg Robinson, that's for sure. Whitworth played at a high level last year, and is a very good player. But you're right. He's 35. And there's not many LTs that last that long. And when you reach that age you're more prone to lose it in a hurry, more prone to injury, and it takes longer to recover from the normal wear and tear of a season.
Not only were the Rams ratings lower in St.. Louis, the rating were better in 2015 in LA without a team than they were with a team in 2016. I can't see how the ratings would be better in San Diego without the Chargers. It's my understanding that the Raiders will still play in Oakland for a couple of years even if the move is approved to Las Vegas (while the new stadium is being built). If that's the case, I wonder how that will play out in Oakland. In the long term, I can't see how this can be good for the league, alienating three markets.
I think it's something like $19 million in salary and bonuses.
This kind of stuff happens all the time in free agency. New coaching staffs often have different evaluations of players. And new coaching staffs always bring in their own guys. The old regime had C Tim Barnes rated as the team's best offensive linemen in both 2015 and 2016. The new regime comes in and out goes Barnes, and they make an offer sheet to the center from Buffalo _ Groy _ who's a bigger center. Well, new offensive line coach Aaron Kromer once coached at Buffalo. The Rams also added WR Robert Woods, who's from Buffalo. CB Kayvon Webster is from Denver, where Wade Phillips was. As for Simms and Hayes, it doesn't seem like they fit the 3-4 scheme. They're both in the 270-pound range, which really is too small to play 3-4 end. And their skill set, in my mind, doesn't lend itself to playing 3-4 outside LB.
I would like to come out to camp. For one plane ticket, I could hit Rams, Cowboys, and now Chargers camp. I enjoy seeing the LA writers, and there's still enough people in the Rams' organization that I know. But don't know if our sports budget will permit it. I did notice that the Rams are playing at Tennessee this year, which is in the neighborhood, so I may pop up at that one.
These are all good points, George. From afar it does seem as if the dog is still chasing its tail at Rams Park (or whatever they're calling it these days).
To a large degree, I would think Ware made the visit out of respect for Wade Phillips, his former defensive coordinator. Obviously, the sales pitch didn't work.
They were more than rumors. It was reported on the NFL's internal transaction wire as an official visit by Ware.
They certainly haven't sat on the salary cap money, that's for sure. I still wonder what's going to happen with Garappolo. Maybe some help at cornerback, especially if they lose Malcolm Butler. Of course, they've got to retain Hightower. Can't let him get out the door.
Hey, this time of year everyone is hopeful. Even Rams fans. You remember that feeling, don't you?
Perhaps Wade Phillips feels that Webster has starter's potential. But it is a little rare to make those kind of signings this early in free agency.
I think it would all work out a little better, and there might be a happy ending in J-ville, if the quarterback could play.
Didn't you bring this up last week?
Other than Kenny Britt, not at this point. Cunningham has visited the Jets. Surprised it's so quiet with T.J. McDonald. It's pretty quiet so far on Barnes. Since this chat started, the Rams did announce they have re-upped with K Greg Zuerlein on a 3-year extension. As for Barnes, it sounds like the new line coach (Kromer) has a new center in mind (Groy, with the RFA offer sheet). Barnes is smart, tenacious, good leader. Yeah, he got pushed around from time to time by the mammoth DTs, but that happens to just about every center. As I mentioned in an earlier post, he was regarded as the team's top performing O-lineman in both 2015 and 2016 by the coaching staff.