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St. Louis Rams Free Agency Rumors: Cadillac Williams Joining Steven Jackson?

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 27:  Cadillac Williams #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs past Jonathan Casillas #52  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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Steven GerwelContributor IIIMay 25, 2011

Pro Football Weekly reported earlier this week that the Rams may be in the market for a Cadillac, citing "behind the scenes buzz" as the source. 

But will running back Cadillac Williams of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers be a beat-up 1988 DeVille, or will he be more like a slightly-used CTS?

Williams made quite an entry into the NFL as a rookie in 2005, rushing for 1,178 yards and six touchdowns.

However, injuries, as well as an overall lack of production, have prevented him from emulating the success he had as a rookie.

But lately he's been able to put the injury bug behind him.

The 2009 season was the first time in his career he was able to play a full 16-game season, which resulted in his best numbers since his rookie campaign: 823 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

And last season he was able to play all 16 games for a second consecutive year, and he found some success as a back-up to rookie running back LaGarrette Blount.

In 2010, because of the thunderous presence of Blount, Williams was utilized primarily as a third-down back, which allowed him to have a career high 46 receptions for 355 yards.

He was less than spectacular on the ground, however, as he rushed for only 437 yards on 125 carries, which equals out to a pedestrian 3.5 yards per carry average.

The Rams are likely interested in Williams in the sense that he's better than any of the back-up running backs currently on the roster, and they want to explore every possible option available.

The team made it abundantly clear that they want to solve their back-up running back deficit through free agency, as they failed to draft one last April. Also, they've attempted to sign free agent back-ups in the recent past, such as Darren Sproles in 2009 and Brian Westbrook in 2010. 

Whoever they choose to back-up primary running back Steven Jackson, they want that person to be comfortable in a secondary role, and they also want their guy to be a solid receiver—which is what Williams was last season.

Free agents Sproles (San Diego Chargers) and Reggie Bush (New Orleans Saints) are the obvious fan favorites, especially since they both offer one thing that would greatly benefit the team—kick return capabilities.

A new return man would allow wide receiver Danny Amendola to focus on being strictly a wide receiver, which would be very beneficial to the team.

But one thing that Williams offers is a cheaper price tag, and since Jackson insists on being a workhorse, it makes sense to not spend the bank on a back-up player.

Williams might not be a 2011 Cadillac CTS fresh off the lot, but he could provide the Rams with the perfect amount of luxury for the price.      

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