5 Biggest Needs St. Louis Rams Have Yet to Address This Offseason

Travis Wakeman@@traviswakeman10Featured Columnist IVMarch 20, 2015

5 Biggest Needs St. Louis Rams Have Yet to Address This Offseason

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    The St. Louis Rams have made a lot of noise since the NFL free-agent market officially opened.

    Shortly after trading Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for Nick Foles, the Rams also acquired free-agent defensive tackle Nick Fairley.

    Though the rare exchange of quarterbacks will be the move that is talked about the most heading into the 2015 season, fans should not lose sight of Fairley joining a defensive line that was already very good.

    That said, the team needs to address several areas, whether through free agency or the NFL draft.

    Here, we give you five positions where the Rams could still do some more work, along with some players who could potentially help fill some missing holes.

Right Tackle

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    It doesn't appear as though the Rams are eager to re-sign Joe Barksdale at this point, especially after bringing in former Detroit Lions lineman Garrett Reynolds, as noted by Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The team likely added Reynolds to bolster the depth of the offensive line, a unit that currently has only eight players under contract.

    The Rams are probably looking toward the draft to fill this position, unless they feel that Brandon Washington is worthy of being a starter next season.

    That likely isn't the case, and the Rams should be expected to draft a tackle early in the draft, perhaps even in the first round. 

    #Titans continue to have interest in RT Joe Barksdale. #Rams also are still interested in re-signing him.

    — Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 17, 2015

    Of course, there's always the chance that they'll bring Barksdale back. 


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    Last week, the Rams decided to cut their losses on both Jake Long and Scott Wells. Both players had been disappointments for the team, and the moves allow St. Louis to save $12.5 million against the salary cap.

    But it does add to the fact that the Rams are thin along the offensive line.

    Demetrius Rhaney is on the roster, but he's never started an NFL game. Do the Rams look for more experience or just add a center in the draft?

    If the team wants to look at free agents, Stefen Wisniewski is still sitting there.

    Though it's curious as to why Wisniewski hasn't been signed, he does have plenty of experience, having started 61 games during the course of his career. 

    Stefen Wisniewski update: He's still in Seattle, but told visit to St. Louis is "very possible."

    — Jim Thomas (@jthom1) March 13, 2015

    Another option would be to re-sign free-agent center Tim Barnes, due to his familiarity with the team.


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    Mike Iupati, Orlando Franklin and Clint Boling have already been snatched up on the free-agent market—not that the Rams could have afforded any of them anyway.

    Instead of going through free agency, perhaps it's time to see what former fourth-round pick Barrett Jones can do.

    With Davin Joseph likely out of the mix as an unrestricted free agent, the Rams could be looking at using Jones and Rodger Saffold at the guard positions next season.

    They may take that approach and look to add more depth through the draft. However, Justin Blalock, an NFL veteran and former member of the Atlanta Falcons, is available.

    If the Rams could get him at an affordable rate, he might give valuable insight to a guy like Jones.

Running Back

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    Toward the end of the 2014 season, the Rams were successful in establishing a power rushing attack on the legs of rookie running back Tre Mason.

    But as they rebuild their offensive line, they should also take a look at what they have behind Mason.

    Zac Stacy followed up an impressive rookie season by running for just 293 yards in 2014. He was mostly ineffective during the course of the season.

    Behind Stacy, it's hard to say what the Rams have.

    Benny Cunningham is capable of a big play here and there, but he should be nothing more than a situational player and third-down back. Isaiah Pead seems like he could be a nice player, but he's never available.

    The running back position doesn't carry the importance that it once did, but putting together a good group of backs is what the better teams around the league do.

    A couple of options that exist on the market are Pierre Thomas and Jacquizz Rodgers. Both players would present versatile options for the Rams offense and are good receivers out of the backfield.


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    Janoris Jenkins (26) and E.J. Gaines (23) are two good, young cornerbacks. But in today's NFL, you can never have too many.

    Trumaine Johnson, Marcus Roberson and Brandon McGee give the secondary some depth, but the Rams will likely look to add several more defensive backs through the draft as well as bring in some undrafted free agents.

    But it wouldn't hurt to consider looking at adding a veteran through free agency.

    Terence Newman and Charles Tillman are just a couple names available on the market, and both have played at a high level in the NFL.

    Contract numbers would be the key if such a move were to occur, but it's an idea that the team should at least entertain.

    A player like Newman or Tillman could lend invaluable knowledge to Gaines and Jenkins.


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