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5 Offseason Decisions St. Louis Rams Will Come To Regret

5 Offseason Decisions St. Louis Rams Will Come To Regret

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The theme of regret is sure to be pervasive for the St. Louis Rams when it comes to the upcoming 2014 season. Given the deck being stacked against them in epic proportions already, this team appears destined for a mediocre campaign at best in the cutthroat NFC West. Here are five decisions made by the team prior to even kicking off the 2014 regular season that they are sure to regret.

5. Signing Kenny Britt

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5. Signing Kenny Britt

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This is the least regrettable of the Rams’ offseason transgressions, but the decision to sign the much-maligned Britt onto an extremely young roster still has the potential to blow up in the team’s face. Jeff Fisher has an unnatural affinity for signing castoffs from his previous place of employment – cough, Cortland Finnegan, cough – and this could prove to be just another ill-conceived addition.

4. Not Releasing Sam Bradford

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4. Not Releasing Sam Bradford

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There’s no doubt I was in the minority by calling to axe Bradford off of a torn ACL, but those wishes look much less rash given his double-dip in the shredded ligament department. His asinine cap hit is an albatross around the neck of the franchise, and there’s no doubt they could have used his $ 17 million salary to add some help on both sides of the ball in free agency.

3. Not Drafting Johnny Manziel At No. 13

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3. Not Drafting Johnny Manziel At No. 13

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Aaron Donald is going to be a disruptive force on the interior defensive line, but he won’t have the type of impact Johnny Football could have made with this franchise. This clearly goes hand in hand with the aforementioned release of Sam Bradford prior to his second consecutive season-ending ACL tear, but the reasoning remains the same: Even if healthy, Bradford was an overpaid, underperforming option under center.

2. Not Signing Robert Quinn To New Deal

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2. Not Signing Robert Quinn To New Deal

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Fresh off of a career season, perhaps it wouldn’t have been advisable to ink DE Quinn to a lucrative deal immediately. What I fear is that he will back that terrific 2013 campaign up with an equally impressive 2014 and give himself further leverage for a long-term deal that’s even pricier. Assuming that is what transpires and the Rams don’t re-sign him, the loss will be a tremendous setback for the defense.

1. Cutting Michael Sam

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1. Cutting Michael Sam

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So I never gave Sam much of a shot at making the roster after he was drafted, but the groundbreaking rookie proved me wrong and showed some serious skills as a pass rusher. The fact that Ethan Westbrooks made the 53-man roster over Sam is questionable at best given their similar preseason statistics and the fact that Sam was drafted whereas Westbrooks was not. Was it a discriminatory decision? No, but that question never should have been needed.

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