2011 NFL Free Agency: St Louis Rams' Probability of Signing Top-50 Free Agents

Ethan NovakAnalyst IIMay 23, 2011

2011 NFL Free Agency: St Louis Rams' Probability of Signing Top-50 Free Agents

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    SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams argues a pass interference call in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on November 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by
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    When the free agency period finally begins, the Rams have made it clear that they will be in the running for one or two of the better free agents in this class. 

    RB Steven Jackson stated at the end of last season that he'd do his best to recruit players to St. Louis and, given their success in 2010, he should find plenty of athletes willing to be a part of the resurrection of the Rams. 

    So of the top-50 free agents available, who are most likely to find themselves in horns in 2011? 

    NOTE: The list goes from top-rated players to lower-rated.

    SCALE:

    • 0% - Not even the craziest of events would land the player on the Rams in 2011.
    • 1-9% - They'll give the player a look, but nothing remotely serious will ensue.
    • 10-19% - They'll give the player a serious look, but a signing isn't likely
    • 20%-29% - They'll give the player a very serious look, and a signing is possible
    • 30%-49% - The Rams will end up on the player's short list and there is a good chance of a signing
    • 50%-100% - Might as well buy a jersey.  (There is only one player that makes this percentile)

1. Peyton Manning, QB, Indianapolis Colts

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    HONOLULU - JANUARY 30:  Peyton Manning, #18 of the Indianapolis Colts, handles the ball during the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 30, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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    Probability: -0%

    Yeah that is a negative zero. Even if Sam Bradford didn't exist, I'd bet all the money I'll ever make that Peyton Manning will have horseshoes on his helmet next season. 

2. Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Oakland Raiders

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders sits on the bench during the closing minutes of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Ge
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    Probability: 1%

    Nnamdi Asomugha wants to stay out West. I don't care if the Rams play in the NFC West, they are as West as the Dallas Cowboys are East.   

    Also, Asomugha will demand a very large contract that will likely exceed fifty-million dollars and four years. If the Rams were a cornerback away from the Super Bowl, I'm sure they'd be all for spending the money, but the fact of the matter is they have plenty of holes to fill and they're going to need all of that cash.



3. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 03:  DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers in action during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on October 3, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 1%

    Although the thought of having Steven Jackson and DeAngelo Williams in the same backfield is breathtaking, it will most likely never happen.

    Williams will demand a hefty contract. The Rams may be in the market for another runningback, but they aren't going to give someone top of the line money to give SJax a breather every now and then. 

4. Sidney Rice, WR, Minnesota Vikings

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    MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 22:  Sidney Rice #18 of the Minnesota Vikings jogs on the field against the Seattle Seahawks at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 22, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 25%

    The Rams have shown they are dedicated to getting Sam Bradford an abundance of weapons, and although they now have a crowded wide receiver position, there has been plenty of speculation they'll go after a big name pass-catcher.

    Rice is the best receiver on the market and if the Rams are going to go after one, might as well make a run for the best. His elite size and speed is a perfect fit for any offense; now just imagine what he would do in Josh McDaniels' spread. 

5. Tamba Hali, LB, Kansas City Chiefs

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 12:  Tamba Hali #91 of the Kansas City Chiefs waits at the line of scrimmage against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 12, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 1%

    Hali would be a dream fit for Spagnuolo and Flajole's defense, but he isn't leaving Kansas City anytime soon. 

    As condolence, you can keep telling yourself that Hali will be playing in Missouri next year.

6. LaMarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15:  Linebacker LaMarr Woodley #56 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after recovering a fumble by the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter of the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Penns
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    Probability: 5%

    I can't see any scenario where LeMarr Woodely leaves the Steelers. We could dream all about how much he'd excel in Spagnuolo's defense, but it isn't going to happen.

7. Paul Posluzny, LB, Buffalo Bills

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    TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 07: Anthony Fasano #80 of the Miami Dolphins is stopped by Paul Posluzny #51 and Donte Whitner #20 of the Buffalo Bills on December 7, 2008  at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Dolphins won 16-3. (Photo by Rick Stewart
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    Probability: 1%

    As good of a linebacker as Posluzny is, the Rams are pretty set at middle linebacker with James Laurinaitis. 

    Posluzny's skill set would allow him to be an adequate outside linebacker, but chances are his future is in the middle. 

8. Tyson Clabo, OT, Atlanta Falcons

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    FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - MAY 9: Offensive tackle Tyson Clabo #77 of the Atlanta Falcons works out during minicamp at the Falcons Complex on May 9, 2009 in Flowery Branch, Georgia. (Paul Abell/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 0%

    The Rams are set at tackle financially and talent-wise. Clabo won't be a Ram as long as Saffold and Smith are around. 

9. Cullen Jenkins, DE, Green Bay Packers

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Cullen Jenkins #77 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after a sack of quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears in the first half in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo
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    Probability: 1%

    The Rams selection of DE Robert Quinn in the first round of the draft filled a need at defensive end. If they do get another DE, they won't be paying anywhere near the money that Jenkins will demand.

10. Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrates after he scored a third quarter touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvani
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    Probability: 10%

    Similar to what I said about Rice, it appears the Rams are going to make an attempt to lure a big-name offensive weapon to St Louis. 

    If Holmes doesn't prove to be too overpriced, they could decide to make a run at him. 

11. Ray Edwards, DE, Minnesota Vikings

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Shaun Hill #14 of the Detroit Lions is pressured by Ray Edwards #91 of the Minnesota Vikings during the second half at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The Vikings defe
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    Probability: 1%

    See: Cullen Jenkins.

    The Rams drafting Robert Quinn means they won't be financially investing in the DE position during free agency.

12. Braylon Edwards, WR, New York Jets

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Wide receiver Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets reacts to a call during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by
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    Probability: 20%

    Edwards is coming off a very nice year with the Jets and he could receive a serious look from St Louis.

    The Rams have showed a lot of caution when it comes to players with character issues, but they could decide that Edwards' upside outweighs his immaturity. 

    He has good size (6'3" 214 lbs) and speed on the outside and he would provide an immediate upgrade at the receiver position. He doesn't have the greatest hands in the world, but his catch rate did go up from 47% in 2009 to 52% in 2010. 

    The Rams could definitely find themselves on Edwards' short list.

13. Jason Babin, DE, Tennessee Titans

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    NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 21:  Jason Babin #93 of the Tennessee Titans reacts after sacking quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins during the first half at LP Field on November 21, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/
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    Probability: 1%

    Like so many of the free agents so far in this list, Babin would cost too much money for a position the Rams are already pretty set at. 

14. Doug Free, T, Dallas Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 19:  Tackle Doug Free #68 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 0%

    If you see a tackle on this list, just skip to the next slide. Unless you love hearing about the future of Saffold and Smith, you'll just be wasting your time. 

15. Steve Smith, WR, New York Giants

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27:  Steve Smith #12 of the New York Giants runs against the Carolina Panthers at Giants Stadium on December 27, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 10%

    There is a small possibility the Rams consider Smith to be Bradford's newest weapon, but Smith will likely end up elsewhere. A possible fallback, the Rams are more likely to go after Sidney Rice should they decide to spend big money on a receiver.

16. Antonio Cromartie, CB, New York Jets

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Antonio Cromartie #31 of the New York Jets runs back a kick by the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Image
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    Probability: 1%

    It would be nice to have a shut-down corner that would allow Bradley Fletcher more time to develop, but the Rams aren't going to spend top-dollar on a cornerback when they have other needs. 

17. Stephen Tulloch, LB, Tennessee Titans

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    KANSAS CITY - OCTOBER 19:   Stephen Tulloch #55 of the Tennessee Titans warms- up on the field before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on October 19, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 1%

    The Rams are set at middle linebacker. Tulloch probably won't leave Tennessee anyways.

18. Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Do
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    Probability: 25%

    If the Rams do decide to pursue a big name receiver, and it appears they will, Jackson and Rice are the two most appealing targets. Jackson is big, physical, and has a knack for scoring touchdowns.

    He'd be a nice fit in McDaniels' offense and would give Bradford a large target in the redzone.

    It should be noted however that character concerns could cause the Rams to shy away from Jackson in the end.

19. Brent Grimes, CB, Atlanta

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    HONOLULU - JANUARY 30:  Brent Grimes #20 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a pass during the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl against the American Football Conference (AFC) at Aloha Stadium on January 30, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 3%

    Grimes is coming off a huge season and will most likely demand a large contract. Ron Bartell and Bradley Fletcher aren't the best corners in football, but they are good enough that the Rams would rather see them through than dish out big money on a free agent.

20. Dawan Landry, S, Baltimore Ravens

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Dawan Landry #26 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14.  (Photo by El
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    Probability: 15%

    The Rams need an upgrade at safety...fast.

    With their current roster, they would feature either Craig Dahl or James Butler at SS and their only FS is Darian Stewart. 

    Landry would provide a huge boost at the position and the Rams should be able to afford him. 

    Skill-wise, Landry would bring a lot to the table. He is a sound tackler who learned the art of being a safety from one of the best in the business: Ed Reed. This safety is very skilled at coming up and playing the run and possesses adequate coverage skills: basically Craig Dahl 5.0. 

21. Eric Weddle, FS, San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19:  Safety Eric Weddle #32 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates a sack against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 38-13.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
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    Probability: 15%

    I have safety marked as the Rams biggest need and I sincerely hope they realize how bad they are at the position. 

    Weddle would be an immense upgrade at FS and would help all of Ram nation breathe a little easier.

    Nevertheless, it is going to be difficult to wrestle him away from San Diego.

22. Ike Taylor, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the New York Jets during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers won 24-19. (Photo by Nick Laham/G
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    Probability: 30%

    Reports have shown that the Rams are in love with Ike Taylor and if the free agency window ever opens, they'll be one of the more plausible destinations for the cornerback. 

    A cornerback duo of Taylor/Bartell looks, on paper, a lot better than Bartell/Fletcher. It would be a drastic improvement for the secondary in so many ways and is a possibility that should excite Ram fans.

23. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, New York Giants

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    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 26: Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants carries the ball against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 3%

    The Rams need a backup and Bradshaw will want to go to a place where he can be the featured back.

    A lot is going to have to change for this to happen. 

24. Chad Greenway, LB, Minnesota Vikings

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Chad Greenway #52 of the Minnesota Vikings plays against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 1%

    Although Greenway would be a great fit in the Rams' defense, the Vikings designated him as their franchise player, almost ensuring his future as a Viking. 

    This isn't all bad news Rams fans—the Vikings' decision to franchise Greenway opens the door for WR Sidney Rice to leave should he decide he doesn't want to wear purple and gold anymore.

25. Johnathan Joseph, CB, Cincinnati Bengals

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 25:  Johnathan Joseph #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates with Deltha O'Neal #24 after Joseph intercepted a pass at Paul Brown Stadium November 25, 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 15%

    Joseph would be a cheaper option at cornerback and his signing would allow Bradley Fletcher more time to develop. 

    Spagnuolo values tough defensive players and that is something Joseph could bring to the table. With the new CBA deal most likely turning him into an unrestricted FA, expect the Rams to give Joseph some serious consideration.

26. Logan Mankins, G, New England Patriots

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 20:  Logan Mankins #70 of the New England Patriots against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on September 20, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 5%

    Logan Mankins is a perfect fit for St Louis. The Pro-Bowl guard would fill the only hole left in the Rams offensive line at right guard and would immediately boost the line to one of the NFL's best. The future would be so friggin' bright.

    Too bad the Patriots placed the franchise tag on him. Next!

27. Matt Light, OT, New England Patriots

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    HONOLULU - JANUARY 30:  Matt Light #72 of the New England Patriots stands on the field during the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 30, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 0%

    Light is arguably the best lineman in this class, but the Rams don't need a tackle. 

28. Quintin Mikell, S, Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Quintin Mikell #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field during player introductions against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty I
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    Probability: 20%

    Mikell could find the Rams on his short list in 2011. 

    They'll have the money necessary to sign him and he would provide a very positive emotional and veteran presence to the secondary. Although a free safety should be a higher priority, Mikell would be a welcomed addition at strong safety, likely taking over for Craig Dahl. 

29. Ronnie Brown, RB, Miami Dolphins

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 02:  Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins carries the ball in the first half against the New England Patriots on January 2, 2011 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 5%

    As much as the Rams would love to have Brown, it is highly unlikely he would love to be a Ram.

    His touches would take a drastic hit in St. Louis, with the only solution being taking about five to ten touches away from Steven Jackson. 

    Brown would come at a cheap price, so if he for some reason decides he would like to be a part of the Rams' rebuilding process there is a good chance St. Louis could give him a serious look. 

30. Charles Johnson, DE, Carolina Panthers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 10: Running back Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears runs with the ball as defensive end Charles Johnson #95 of the Carolina Panthers defends at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Ge
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    Probability: 0%

    Chris Long, James Hall, Robert Quinn, George Selvie, CJ Ah You

    Those will be your defensive ends when the Rams take the field against the Eagles on opening weekend. 

31. Jermon Bushrod, OT, New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Pierre Thomas #23 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates with teammate Jermon Bushrod #74 after scoring a touchdown on a 38-yard pass play in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings during the NFC Championship Game at the
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    Probability: 0%

    Bushrod is a monster at the tackle position. The Rams are hoping Saffold and Smith can become monsters as well. 

    I guess they could sign Bushrod as the world's largest waterboy, but something tells me he will reject.

32. Mike Tolbert, RB, San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Running back Mike Tolbert #35 of the San Diego Chargers reacts after being hit during a punt return by the San Francisco 49ers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty
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    Probability: 10%

    Tolbert showed last season that he has all the tools to be a workhouse franchise running back. He could decide to go somewhere he could be a starter, but at the same time, there is a chance he wouldn't be completely against being a backup to one of the better powerbacks in football in Steven Jackson.

    The Rams may give Tolbert a look, but they are most likely far more interested in the other free agent back out of San Diego.

33. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, New England Patriots

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    CHICAGO - DECEMBER 12: Ben-Jarvus Green-Ellis #42 of the New England Patriots runs against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Patriots defeated the Bears 36-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 0%

    Green-Ellis is a restricted free agent, doesn't possess great pass-catching skills, and wouldn't provide a great change of pace to Steven Jackson.

    Barring unforeseen events, Green-Ellis won't be a Ram next season. 

34. Cedric Benson, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 19:  Cedric Benson #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 0%

    Benson doesn't fit in with what the Rams are doing. He doesn't have great pass-catching skills, he has character issues, and there isn't much reason to think he will leave Cincinnati. 

    Benson won't be the Rams' backup next season, not a chance.

35. Barrett Ruud, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25:  Laurence Maroney (#39) of the New England Patriots  is tackled by Barrett Ruud (#51) of Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the NFL International Series match between New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Wembley Stadium
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    Probability: 0%

    I would love to see the Rams sign Ruud just to watch the preseason position battle that would take place between him and Laurinaitis.

    No seriously though, Laurinaitis is the future at MLB. This doesn't apply just to the Rams, but possibly to the entire NFL as well. 

36. Michael Bush, RB, Oakland Raiders

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02:  Running back Michael Bush #29 of the Oakland Raiders runs down field in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 10%

    Bush has proven himself to be a valuable role player so far in his young career and it'd be interesting to see how he'd fit into McDaniels' offense.

    He possesses some skills as a pass catcher out of the backfield and his brute strength allows him to run between the tackles better than most. Bush wouldn't be as good of a fit as, say, a Darren Sproles, but his production at the very least deserves a look from the front office.

37. James Jones, WR, Green Bay Packers

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  James Jones #89 of the Green Bay Packers tries to avoid the tackle of LaMarr Woodley #56 and Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Ph
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    Probability: 25%

    At lot of Rams fans have been calling for the signing of James Jones, a receiver out in Green Bay with huge potential that is being hindered by the abundance of depth the Packers have at the position.

    Jones is the least proven of all the top-rated receivers in this class, but his ceiling is tremendously high. Given the fact that his contract wouldn't be too outrageous, he could be worth the risk.


38. Roman Harper, S, New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 21:  Roman Harper #41 of the New Orleans Saints against the Seattle Seahawks at Louisiana Superdome on November 21, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 19%

    Roman Harper's performance began to decline last season for unknown reasons, but he is set to have a nice bounce back season in 2011 and would be a great pickup for St Louis.

    Last year the SS racked up 98 tackles, 3 sacks, an interception, and six forced fumbles. His play-making ability could be huge for the defense. 

    As for anyone that believes Harper wouldn't be a good fit for St. Louis, beggars can't be choosers and at this point the signing of any safety would be an upgrade. 


39. Joseph Addai, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Joseph Addai #29 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Jets won 17-16. (Photo b
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    Probability: 3%

    The Rams haven't shown any signs of being interested in Joseph Addai and there is plenty of reason for that.

    His performance level won't be justifiable for his contract and placing him in a backup role would just be a waste of what talent he does have. 

    It just isn't a good fit. 

40. Brodney Pool, S, New York Jets

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Brodney Pool #22 of the New York Jets runs down field after intercepting a pass intended for Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third quarter of the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23,
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    Probability: 25%

    Last year the Rams visited with Pool when they faced the possibility of losing OJ Atogwe. Luckily for the Rams, they managed to sign Atogwe to a long-term deal and locked up their safety position for years to come.

    One year later, Atogwe is a Redskin, Pool is a free agent, and the Rams are in need of a safety. 

    All the stars have aligned on this one. Pool possesses good instincts at the free safety position and would be an immense upgrade over... Darian Stewart? Yeah, he'd be an infinite upgrade to the position. 

41. Darren Sproles, RB, San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Running Back Darren Sproles #43 of the San Diego Chargers is unable to make a catch against the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/
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    Probability: 50%

    This is the player I see as the most likely signing for the Rams this offseason. 

    Sproles' skill set fits in perfectly with McDaniels' offense and his abilities in the return game are very enticing. He won't come as cheap as most backups, but his ability to score a touchdown on every touch could prove to be worth it.

42. Malcolm Floyd, WR, San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 22: Wide receiver Malcolm Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers after scoring a touchdown against  the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2010 in San Diego, California.  Chargers defeated the Broncos, 35-14.  (Photo by K
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    Probability: 5%

    Malcolm Floyd has the potential to be a very serviceable receiver in the NFL; not a great receiver, but a solid, dependable target. 

    If the Rams do go for a receiver, it will be one with a sky-high ceiling such as Rice or Jackson, they already have plenty of receivers with the potential of Floyd. 

43. Leon Washington, RB, Seattle Seahawks

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Leon Washington #33 of the Seattle Seahawks runs down field against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Ima
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    Probability: 3%

    There isn't much reason to believe Washington will leave Seattle. He resurrected his career there, he thrived there, and he hasn't shown any sign he wants to leave there.

    He would be a nice fit in St. Louis, but there is a very slim chance you will ever get to see that materialize. 

44. Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 26:  Mike Sims-Walker #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs after making a reception during the game against the Washington Redskins at EverBank Field on December 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty
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    Probability: 25%

    Sims-Walker has the ability to be a big time receiver in the NFL, but his production has been hampered by inconsistent QB play in Jacksonville.

    Putting him on a team with Sam Bradford could prove to be the spark he needs, giving the Rams plenty of reason to give him a serious look. He will also come at a much cheaper price than Rice or Jackson, which is always appealing. 

45. Mason Crosby, K, Green Bay Packers

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Mason Crosby #2 of the Green Bay Packers kicks off to start Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 0%

    Josh Brown is the man! 

46. Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts while taking on the Chicago Bears in the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Soldier Field on January 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty
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    Probability: 0%

    Hah! Matt Hasselbeck in a Rams' uniform? That is like Kurt Warner playing for one of the Rams' rivals.

    Oh wait...

    No, this is nothing like that. Hasselbeck won't be a part of the Rams' organization anytime soon. You have my word.

47. Donte Whitner, S, Buffalo Bills

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 19: Cornerback Donte Whitner #20 of the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 15%

    The Rams could decide to give Whitner a look if they look past some of his character concerns.

    Just like the rest of the safeties on this list, Whitner would be a large upgrade and would help stabilize the secondary. He probably won't get as serious of a look as Mikell or Pool, but it is a possibility. 

48. David Akers, K, Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  David Akers #2 kicks as Sav Rocca #6 of the Philadelphia Eagles holds against the Green Bay Packers during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (P
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    Probability: 0%

    Hey Akers, you think you're so unique because you kick with your left foot. I'll take Josh Brown's right foot over your playoff-choking left foot any day!

49. Jeromey Clary, OT, San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 28:  Runningback LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates with teammate Jeromey Clary #66 after Tomlinson scored a 14 yard rushing touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the third quarter of the NFL game at Qu
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    Probability: 0%

    If the Rams switch to an offensive that utilizes a third tackle, I suppose it'd be plausible. Until that zany run-heavy offense is invented though, Clary's helmet will remain hornless. 

50. Cadillac Williams, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 27:  Cadillac Williams #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs past Will Smith #91 of the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 27, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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    Probability: 25%

    Cadillac is a name that has been thrown around as a possible target for the Rams. If they are unable to sign Sproles, this could be a real possibility.

    The oft-injured back understands he won't be receiving a huge contract offer and could come at a very reasonable price. 

    He possesses adequate pass-catching skills and would fit in well with McDaniels' offense. I could definitely see Cadillac suiting up for the Rams next year.