St. Louis Rams: Rumors Indicate That Mardy Gilyard Has Requested a Trade

Steven GerwelContributor IIIMay 27, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 26:  Mardy Gilyard #81 of the St. Louis Rams returns a punt in the second half against the New England Patriots on August 26, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Rams defeated the Patriots 36-35.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Rick Venturi of St. Louis' ESPN 101 reported that the Rams' wide receiver Mardy Gilyard may have requested a trade from the team's front office. 

"It's rumored that he's asked for a trade", the show stated. "What would you give up for him? An old used kicking ball and a ticket to a fourth quarter preseason game in the NFL?

Although the allegations have not been acknowledged by either Gilyard, or team officials (obviously, given the work stoppage), there are certainly factors that make the scenario believable. 

The Rams used their 3rd and 4th round draft picks last April to draft wide receivers Austin Pettis (Boise St.) and Greg Salas (Hawaii). Those two picks were not exactly ringing endorsements for the team's faith in Gilyard. 

Also, the team held a player-organized mini camp this past week. 

Attendance for the camp was not mandatory, as it was not a team-sponsored activity due to the lockout. However, attendance was certainly encouraged, and Gilyard was one of the players that failed to attend- possibly as a result of disinterest. 

The only problem with the whole trade scenario, however, is that Gilyard has little (if any) trade value. 

Gilyard was drafted by the Rams in the 4th round in 2010 with the No.99 overall pick. He was part of an electric offense during his college career at Cincinnati, and fans hoped his abilities would translate into NFL production. 

St. Louis fans were nothing short of disappointed with Gilyard's rookie campaign, as he finished the season with only six catches for 63 yards. It was also reported that he greatly struggled to mentally grasp the playbook. 

Author's Verdict:

If Gilyard truly believes that he has trade value, then he's struggling to grasp reality even more than he's struggling to grasp his playbook.

Whether the rumors hold true or not, there's nothing the team could get for him.

He was always a long shot to make the Rams' 2011 roster, but if this rumor is true, then that might be a good thing- if he can't overcome an intense training camp battle, then can anyone really depend on him when an actual game gets intense?.