It’s been a busy couple of days for the St. Louis Rams as free agency has kicked off. On Tuesday they agreed to a deal with talented tight end Jared Cook, and Wednesday they followed it up by signing left tackle Jake Long.
The fact that the Rams play in the NFC West, had to play a role in these aggressive free agent moves. The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks both made news this week with their acquisitions of Anquan Boldin and Percy Harvin, so the Rams have been forced to keep pace.
The two signings are very obvious in nature, as they both help out quarterback Sam Bradford. Long will now protect his blindside, while Cook will be a fantastic target for him anywhere on the field. Sure, Long has injury concerns, but signing him is worth the risk if it can help keep Bradford upright. Cook has Pro Bowl potential, and could easily be a breakout star in 2013.
On the other side of the ball, the Rams re-signed defensive end William Hayes to a three-year deal, keeping their strong defensive line from 2012 intact.
All of these moves add up to positive things in St. Louis, and there’s more to come on top of that. Remember, the Rams are loaded up with draft picks this year as a result of trading the No. 2 pick last year. This includes the 16th and 22nd overall picks in the 2013 draft.
The Rams had to do something to keep pace with their NFC West rivals, and so far, they’ve done just that. It will be interesting to see their next move, as it’s uncertain if Danny Amendola will return.
**Update – Jake Long deal is still pending and not official.**