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St. Louis Rams: 5 Players They Should Re-Sign This Offseason

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5 Players The St. Louis Rams Should Re-Sign This Offseason

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The St. Louis Rams have been one of the more frustrating teams in the NFL over the last few years. I keep thinking they’re on the verge of breaking out and making the playoffs, but a tough division and a disappointing quarterback have held them back. If they want to reverse that trend next year, they will need to make smart, cap-friendly decisions with their unsigned free agents.

Other than maybe blowing up the quarterback position, they don’t really have any splashy moves to make with their roster this offseason. The names that are in question aren’t the game-changing variety. Instead, this is an offseason where the Rams will have the chance to make a few strategic signings that will help their depth and veteran leadership.

For a team like the Rams who are trying to get over the hump from being a decent team to a contending team, sometimes depth can be the key. Good teams have quality rosters from top to bottom, and often end up needing that quality by the end of the season once injuries have taken their toll on the projected starters.

Two big areas of need for the Rams are the offensive line and the defensive secondary. Both units underperformed at times last season, and both have players who may or may not be back in a St. Louis uniform next season.

The offseason is where teams build winners, and St. Louis could start building their own winning team by re-signing these five free agents.

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5. Kellen Clemens

Kellen Clemens
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Backup quarterback might not be the most important position on a football team, but with all the questions around starter Sam Bradford, it's always a good idea to have a quality veteran around. Kellen Clemens was an adequate game manager when called upon this year, so they should keep him round just in case they need him again next year.

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4. Matt Giordano

Matt Giordano
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Safety might just be the biggest position of need for the Rams. They will most likely try to get better via the draft, but they could keep Matt Giordano around on a cheap contract, then even cut him if they have a better option come the summer.

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3. Darian Stewart

Darian Stewart
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As we just talked about, safety is a major position of need for the Rams. It's better to keep both Darian Stewart and Giordano around just in case they aren’t able to upgrade the spot in the draft.

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2. Shelley Smith

Shelley Smith
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Shelley Smith, one of the rotating guards who saw playing time for the Rams this season, isn’t the long-term answer at the position. But, the Rams will need depth and he should come relatively cheap.

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1. Rodger Saffold

Rodger Saffold
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The Rams are thin at offensive tackle, especially considering the questionable health of Jake Long. Rodger Saffold showed impressive versatility this past season, playing both tackle positions and even some guard. It’s not clear where he fits on the St. Louis line going forward, but having him around would be better than not.