The 2014 offseason for the St. Louis Rams was relatively quiet, but that might not be a bad thing at all. In my opinion the best thing that happen for the Rams this offseason is a deal that did not happen. Of course I am referring to the Rodger Saffold story. For those of you who may be lost let me explain what happened. The starting tackle for the Rams, Rodger Saffold, was scheduled to become a free agent this offseason. Saffold was considered to be the Rams top priority this offseason and would have to be lured away from other potential suitors. Unfortunately on the first day of free agency, it was reported that Saffold had signed a 5 year 42.5 million dollar contract with the Oakland Raiders. Personally I could not be too upset because the Raiders highly overpaid for Saffold with this deal. The Rams would now have to look elsewhere for a starting tackle… or would they? It turns out that Saffold failed his physical with the Raiders and the deal would no longer be going through. The Rams trainers decided to look at Saffold and determined he was physically fine to play. After getting this information, the Rams decided to resign their starting offensive lineman to a 5 year 42.5 million dollar deal which was significantly less money that the Raiders signed him for and a win for the Rams. This signing helped to solidify the offensive line with the resigning of a solid offensive tackle. The move that never was for the Oakland Raiders may just wind up being the best move for the St. Louis Rams.
The Rams also managed to sign one of their starting linebackers Jo-Lonn Dunbar which helps bring back some experience on the defensive front. While resigning Dunbar and Saffold, the Rams also lost a couple of guys to free agency. The Rams released once prized cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who signed with the Dolphins. This move is for the best as Finnegan had been injured most of last year and when he was healthy he did not look too good in the secondary. Two other guys the Rams lost were the backup quarterback Kellen Clemens to the San Diego Chargers and Safety Darian Stewart to the Carolina Panthers. Stewart was not too big of a loss here as they have TJ McDonald and will be looking to draft a safety, but Clemens was a solid backup last year and could be missed if Bradford goes down again this year. One final signing that I would like to mention is that of the former Tennessee Titans receiver Kenny Britt. Britt is a low risk high reward pickup for the Rams. Britt could be a very good receiver for the Rams and could be another nice target for Sam Bradford to throw to, that is if he stays healthy. Britt has had trouble staying on the field the past couple years, but when he has he has shown signs of being a very good receiver. Overall the Rams have not done anything too special in the offseason like they did last year signing Jake Long and Jared Cook, but that does not make it a bad offseason. Rodger Saffold was a great resigning and Kenny Britt could turn out to be a pretty solid number two receiver. Stay Tuned this week/weekend for an article on the question on everybody’s mind…. Will the Rams select a quarterback in the draft and if so when and who would be the best option?