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The Complete Guide to St. Louis Rams Free Agency
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Any well-run sports franchise understands that you don't build a team through free agency; it is used to fill a hole or two on your roster every year, nothing more. Thankfully for all those reading this article, after suffering through seemingly endless years of inept drafting and free-agent signings, the St. Louis Rams are now—finally—a well-run franchise.

Even if you're only looking to bring in a player or two, signing a free agent is an endeavor that can carry with it a lot of risk.

In order to minimize that risk, there are two things every NFL team must do to ensure the success of their free-agent signings:

1) Never sign a player who is going into his third contract; his performance level is most likely on the way down. There are obvious exceptions to this rule—Peyton Manning comes to mind—but generally speaking, it's a good one to follow.

2) Keep in mind that there is a reason why that player is not returning to his former team. Why didn't that team match your offer? Do they know something you don't? An injury that is purportedly a nonissue but could be something more? Maybe a well-concealed character flaw? Due diligence is necessary to uncover the truth.

If they did match the offer, why is the player choosing to leave his team? Like the questions above, the reasons could be legitimate, or they could reveal truths about the player's personality or character that you might want to know before putting that multimillion dollar contract down on the table.

In an effort to discern a complete guide to free agency for the St. Louis Rams, we will use the following pages to look at every aspect of the franchise relevant to the free-agency process.

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