Monday, February 18, 2013
The Rams' WR plan
By Tim Kavanagh
If nothing else, we have to give the St. Louis Rams credit for the speed with which they've rid themselves of certain personnel once they figured out that it was not going to be a fit. They placed a successful waiver claim on WR Titus Young, following the Boise St. product's release by the Lions, only to release him themselves shortly thereafter; this event came after a brief period during which it appeared Rob Ryan would be their next DC, only for the relationship to be terminated within a week. But going back to Young, the fact that he's not part of their plans at WR does present a bit of an issue for them at the position.
One of the reasons why the Rams may have taken a shot on Young in the first place is that both Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson are both impending free agents this offseason, and there's been no indication as yet that they plan on using the franchise tag on either of them. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams and Amendola are "far apart" in contract talks, while the scribe opines that it's unlikely the team will re-sign Gibson, given the nature of their salary cap situation and what they'd like to do elsewhere in free agency.
As of now, there are only three WRs -- Austin Pettis, Chris Givens and Brian Quick -- under contract for 2013. That could change in the weeks to come; the Rams could finagle themselves some more cap space to re-sign Amendola or strike in free agency, and the draft is also an option. But for now, things are looking a little bare at the position.