Even though the St. Louis Rams have already made their biggest free agency splashes this offseason, that won’t prevent the team from making some more low-key moves that can push a franchise over the top.
The team lost wide receiver Brandon Lloyd in free agency to the New England Patriots and had yet to replace him on their depth chart. Until now that is with the announcement that the club signed former Philadelphia Eagles receiver Steve Smith to a one-year deal as well as tight end Matthew Mulligan of the New York Jets.
Many felt that Smith would really help the Eagles last year going over the middle making tough catches as he had with the New York Giants. Don’t forget that Smith set franchise records with the G-men in 2009 when he had 107 catches for 1,220 yards and booked a trip to the Pro Bowl. Following microfracture surgery in 2010 however, Smith wasn’t the same player and was shipped to the Eagles. He again wound up on injured reserved last year which brings into question his durability at just 5’11” 195lbs. He is just 26 years of age however and could greatly aid a receiving corps with very little in the way of depth.
Mulligan will likely be a Billy Bajema replacement who is still a free agent that the Rams appear to have no interest in bringing back. The bulk of his work with the Jets was on running downs just as Bajema on the Rams so his blocking skills won’t be underutilized in St. Louis.
More depth was added to the roster with the team retaining fullback Brit Miller but also signing offensive tackle Quinn Ojinnaka who had a stint with the team last year before being released prior to the season opener. He saw playing time last year with a banged up Indianapolis Colts team and has now found his way back to St. Louis.