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5 Underrated Free Agents The St. Louis Rams Should Target This Offseason

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5 Underrated Free Agents The St. Louis Rams Should Target This Offseason

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The St. Louis Rams are up against the salary cap this offseason. With not much room to operate and plenty of needs to fill, their focus in the free agent market will be to mine some diamonds out of the rough.

To do that, they will need to identify specific targets that are underrated by the rest of the league. Whether they're perennial backups who could thrive in a larger role in St. Louis, or veterans who other teams think have nothing left, the Rams need to get the most out of every dollar they spend in free agency this year.

The Rams have a few specific needs to address this offseason. First and foremost, they need to get better up front on the offensive line. They struggled to protect franchise quarterback Sam Bradford, eventually leading to him being carted off the field with a season-ending knee injury. If they want to keep him upright and healthy next year, they must find a few good offensive linemen this offseason.

On the defensive side, the Rams are quietly building one of the better units in the league. They have a defensive line that gets after the passer and a secondary that can cover well and make tackles in space. They don’t need any major upgrades on defense, but what they do need is depth. Their rotations got sparse at times last season, and they could use a few veteran additions to supplement the young talent they already have.

This offseason is a big one for the Rams, and these are five underrated free agents who could help them get over the hump and into the playoffs next season.

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5. James Ihegdibo

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Hard-hitting safety James Ihegdibo has been underrated since he came into the league. He’s bounced around between a few teams, but has found a way to insert himself into the defensive backfield rotation at every stop. He’ll do the same in St. Louis if they bring him aboard.

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4. Travelle Wharton

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Travelle Wharton has been a mainstay on the offensive line for the Carolina Panthers since he came into the league a decade ago. The Rams need help up front, and a solid veteran interior lineman is just what they need to finally give Sam Bradford the protection he needs.

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3. Randy Starks

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St. Louis is building one of the best defenses in the league, especially up front, but that defensive line could use some depth. They should bring in veteran Randy Starks, who should come at a relatively cheap price, for depth in the rotation.

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2. Captain Munnerlyn

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The Rams need depth in the defensive backfield, and veteran Captain Munnerlyn could slip right into their rotation. Not a great man-to-man cover guy, he’s solid in zone coverage and should come at a relatively cheap price.

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1. Jared Veldheer

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It may be wishful thinking that the Oakland Raiders will let four-year veteran Jared Veldheer test the open market, but lately, the talks between the two on a long-term deal have stalled. If he is available, he’ll be a great upgrade at tackle for a St. Louis squad that struggled up front all season long.