NFL Free Agency Rumors: Are the St. Louis Rams Close to Signing Jerious Norwood?

Ethan NovakAnalyst IIAugust 2, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 02:  Jerious Norwood #32 of the Atlanta Falcons runs for yardage during a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 2, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Reports have surfaced that former Atlanta Falcons running back Jerious Norwood is having dinner in St Louis tonight and is preparing to sign a contract with the St Louis Rams tomorrow.

Until Norwood has signed a contract however, it is hard to accept this as any more than a rumor. While it is no secret that he is on the Rams’ radar, there have also been reports that St Louis offered Ronnie Brown a multi-year contract. With this free agency period having more twists and turns than a Mark Z. Danielewski novel, it would likely pay dividends to not emotionally invest yourself in this move.  Just yesterday the Giants brought RB Jason Snelling in for a visit, only to sign Ahmad Bradshaw a short while later.  Players visit the city of interested teams in order to better communicate with coaches, front office members, etc...

When it comes to Norwood however, there are some interesting points to be made.  First off, Norwood should have some health concerns considering he went on the IR last year with a knee injury. With the Rams currently putting off the signing of WR Mark Clayton due to his health issues, they could merely be bringing in Norwood for a medical examination.  Secondly, Ram's RB coach Sylvester Croom was Norwood's head coach during his time at Mississippi State University.  Finally, he would give the Rams an established kick/punt returner with explosive capabilities. 

If he does in fact join the Rams, it is hard to believe the team would be done shopping for running backs. Norwood is more of a specialist a speed-back who can come in and change the pace. He  can not be relied upon to be a real backup who can shoulder a load when Jackson needs a break. Norwood would be what RB Darren Sproles was to the Chargers or Reggie Bush was to the Saints virtually, which is in no way a bad thing.

So what do you think? Would this be a good signing, or should the Rams focus on Ronnie Brown or others?

UPDATE: It is official, Jim Thomas had reported that Norwood has signed with the St Louis Rams.  You may now emotionally invest yourselves in this signing and argue away!

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