As cap-strapped as the St. Louis Rams are, veteran free agents don’t figure to be a huge part of their team’s composition between now and Week 1. Despite having huge contracts like those of Sam Bradford, Chris Long, and the ghost of Jason Smith on the payroll, St. Louis still made a play for a couple of big-time offensive free agents: Jared Cook and Jake Long.
Now that summer is approaching and the NFL draft has addressed teams’ areas of need, unsigned veterans may be getting antsy—and with that nervousness comes a drop in asking price. Whether or not that situation was intentionally set up by team decision-makers is no longer relevant.
Guys are looking for jobs.
The veteran minimum is still more expensive than what a club would have to pay an undrafted rookie, which is why there should be no surprise if Les Snead doesn’t sign an older guy to play in St. Louis. Older players’ experience would contribute to an expectation of substantial playing time on a young roster like the Rams’.
For the first time in a long time, though, there aren’t a ton of positions which should have “Help Wanted” stamped on the depth chart.
If St. Louis is going to make someone’s phone ring this summer—be it as training camp competitors, regular-season impact performers or otherwise—they might call some of these guys.