After deciding to turn the page from the Jason Brown experiment at center, the St. Louis Rams knew they would have to address that position at some point during the offseason. General Manager Les Snead wasted no time doing just that by signing former Green Bay Packers’center Scott Wells to a contract on Friday.
Centers are quite possibly a quarterback’s best friend and Sam Bradford has to be thrilled to have the protector that led Aaron Rodgers to a Super Bowl title just one year ago snapping him the pigskin for the foreseeable future. Wells also made the Pro Bowl a year ago to round out his already impressive résumé which includes being a starter for the Pack since 2006.
Where Wells will help Bradford the most is by taking away some of the mountainous responsibility that falls on him as the quarterback to make protection checks at the line of scrimmage. ESPN Milwaukee’s Jason Wilde interviewed Wells’ former quarterback Rodgers who said: “Scott knows the offense as well as anybody in the building. I’d say, if you look at guys who really are the smartest players on the team — and I’m not going to include myself in that mix — Scott Wells and (fullback) John Kuhn know the offense as well as anybody and they’re able to make checks without me even saying anything. It takes a ton of stress and pressure off of me and my film study and my preparation when I know that if I guess wrong, or if I’m unsure about a look, that I know Scotty is going to be right there next to me, a step ahead of me at times, knowing what the call needs to be. Scotty and his smarts take a ton of pressure off me.”
If that doesn’t sell folks on just how huge this addition could be for the Rams, nothing will. Wells will be ultra-important to a Rams team purging old talent and looking for an infusion of new blood while still maintaining enough veteran presence to stay grounded. Offensive linemen don’t get much of the glory, but their teammates know just how important they can be to making an offense work. Bradford and his fellow Rams will be grateful that this signing was made very quickly after Wells is assimilated into the locker room.