The St. Louis Rams have several players that they may not be able to keep due to their proximity to the 2013 salary cap. For a team that has some serious financial concerns heading into the 2013 season, recent rumors don’t exactly support the notion of austerity. General Manager Les Snead and Head Coach Jeff Fisher haven’t exactly tipped their hand as to what they may be looking at in free agency or the draft, but a certain NFL expert has an inkling.
According to NFL insider Peter King: “I think the Rams might go out and try to get a receiver very quickly or try to get a left tackle very quickly. I wouldn’t be surprised if maybe they were in play for Jake Long” This is what King had to say when asked about which teams he believed would be big spenders in free agency beginning March 12.
While the idea of adding Long to an offensive line that could have doubled as a sieve in recent years is undeniably appealing for Rams fans and quarterback Sam Bradford alike, it just doesn’t seem feasible financially for the club in the upcoming year. St. Louis is already busy trying to get running back Steven Jackson to come back at a lower salary and probably faces the reality of losing both wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson to free agency. That doesn’t sound like a team that has the ability to go out and commit millions in guaranteed money to a four-time Pro Bowl tackle like Long.
If the rumors do have some validity however (and why would a man of King’s stature just fabricate these things?), then the Rams may be choosing substance over style this offseason in building their roster. Adding quality pieces in the trenches doesn’t get the headlines that landing a deep threat wide receiver or workhorse running back does, but it will show up more in the wins and losses which is what matters most.
It’s now officially two weeks until free agency so let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but just the thought of the Rams going after some of the biggest fish in free agency is intriguing. This team clearly wants to win now and if Peter King is correct in his assumptions, the Rams might soon be on their way to doing just that.