Thank you for joining me for my weekly "Saturday St. Louis Sound-Off" piece. Today, we will touch on a few St. Louis Rams-related topics that I have not hit on, at least not in depth, during the past week.
What Will the Rams Counteroffer Look Like?
In just a little over two weeks, the St. Louis Rams will present their counteroffer to the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission in relation to what they want upgraded and renovated at the Edward Jones Dome, the Rams home venue since the move to the Gateway City in 1995.
On March 1, the Rams did indeed reject the initial CVC proposal, a proposal that would have totaled approximately $124 million dollars in costs, with the Rams paying 52 percent of the total bill.
If that proposal would have been accepted, St. Louis would have been on the hook for $60 million in improvements.
On May 1, the Rams will present their counteroffer. It will be extremely interesting to find out what they indeed liked from the CVC proposal and what exactly the Rams want to see the EJD become.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the plan will be to see what the Rams counteroffer comes to in regard to monetary figures.
If the total is anywhere close to the CVC proposal in terms of costs to upgrade the EJD, perhaps something gets done in early June. If not, the Rams and CVC will head to arbitration (which could last until the end of 2012).
By all accounts, the Rams and CVC have a terrific working relationship.
Whether a deal gets done by June or sometime down the road, I do expect an eventual long-term stay for the Rams in St. Louis.
Who is Your Favorite St. Louis Rams Player?
In a subsequent article found here, Rams Nation is being asked who their favorite current St. Louis football player is.
The list of options is as lengthy as possible. However, as you could imagine, the poll will not allow every player to be listed.
Please click the above-linked article and vote. It should be very interesting to see the results.
Please be on the lookout for another in a series of Rams Nation Fan Polls coming to Bleacher Report tomorrow.
Rams Have Chance to Become Consistent NFL Contenders Over the Next Few Years
I continue to insist that 2012 will be the year that Rams fans everywhere look back as the turning point for this organization.
It all started with the addition of proven head coach Jeff Fisher.
It continued with the attainment several premium draft picks, including a first-round pick in 2013 and 2014 via the pre-draft trade for the Rams' former No. 2 pick.
St. Louis has also added some young, terrific talent through the NFL free-agency period, like Cortland Finnegan and Kendall Langford.
I believe that the aforementioned lease negotiations will also lead to a much-improved EJD as well as an eventual new stadium somewhere in the St. Louis metro by 2025.
All in all, I believe that this year will be one that is looked back at down the road that sees St. Louis as turning the corner and becoming a consistent force in the NFL.
And that all started with the hire of Jeff Fisher. All of the extra draft picks will enable the Rams to attain a large quantity of premier talent between now and the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft.
With some great foundational pieces in place (Chris Long, James Laurinaitis, Robert Quinn, Danny Amendola, Sam Bradford, Rodger Saffold, Jerome Murphy, Bradley Fletcher, Kendall Langford, Cortland Finnegan and others), the Rams appear to have a bright future, with much of that future kicking off in earnest here in 2012.
Shane Gray covers the St. Louis Rams daily as a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. You are encouraged to check out the rest of his work here. Gray also owns and operates stlramscentral.com.