When the exodus of Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola became a cold reality for St. Louis Rams fans, there was a widespread feeling that free agency would bring more questions than answers.
That is, until St. Louis entered the market with an aggressive edge that shocked the amateur salary cap gurus and armchair GMs.
The Rams have two first-round picks in the upcoming draft and entered the offseason low on cap space. The common perception was that St. Louis would hold back in free agency and build primarily through the draft.
So it was somewhat surprising when the Rams signed the best tight end (Jared Cook) and left tackle (Jake Long) on the market in the first week of free agency.
This aggressive behavior suggests that Jeff Fisher and the Rams do not intend to roll over to Seattle and San Francisco this season. They want to compete for the NFC West immediately—not in two or three years.
There are still holes in the roster that will be addressed in the draft, although we now have a better idea of what the 2013 Rams will look like.
But is the updated roster tough enough to compete for a division title?
Read on to see the predicted starting lineup and decide for yourself.