St. Louis Rams Team Capsule

by Ryan Dodson on April 21, 2006 @ 14:29:34 PDT

 


ST. LOUIS RAMS

2005 FINISH: 6-10 (2nd Place - NFC West), Non-playoff Team

2006 DRAFT PICK: 11th Overall

KEY POSITION NEEDS: S, LB, TE, OG, FB, WR, DT, RB, QB

Head Coach: Scott Linehan

Offensive Coordinator: Greg Olson

Defensive Coordinator: Jim Haslett

FREE AGENT(S): WR Isaac Bruce (UFA - re-signed), S Adam Archuleta (UFA - re-signed), C Andy McCollum (UFA), RB Arlen Harris (UFA), RB Aveion Cason (UFA), DE Brandon Green (RFA - tendered), P Bryan Barker (UFA), TE Cam Cleeland (UFA), CB Chris Johnson (UFA), LS Chris Massey (UFA - re-signed), CB Corey Ivy (UFA), DT Damione Lewis (UFA), RB David Allen (UFA), CB DeJuan Groce (RFA - tendered), QB Jamie Martin (UFA), WR Kevin Curtis (RFA - tendered), S Mike Furrey (UFA), OT Rex Tucker (UFA), TE Roland Williams (UFA), Shaun McDonald (RFA - tendered), DT Ryan Pickett (UFA), CB Terry Fair (UFA), OG Tom Nutten (UFA), LB Trev Faulk (UFA - re-signed), DE Tyoka Jackson (UFA), OL Blaine Saipaia (ERFA - re-signed), QB Jeff Smoker (ERFA - re-signed), OT Matt Morgan (ERFA), LB Jeremy Loyd (ERFA), S Terry Holley (UFA)

NFL Europe Allocations: RB Fred Russell (Cologne Centurions), WR Jeremy Carter (Frankfurt Galaxy), WR Brandon Middleton (Rhein Fire)

POSITION ANALYSIS - OFFENSE

QUARTERBACKS

Quarterback Gus Frerotte was signed away from the Miami Dolphins to a three-year, $6.3 million contract. Frerotte gives the team their first legitimate backup quarterback since Kurt Warner left following the 2003 season.

RUNNING BACKS

Running back Tony Fisher (Packers) signed with the team on a one-year, $625,000 contract, giving them protection in case running back Marshall Faulk retires or is cut by the team.

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

After a much maligned release of star wide receiver Isaac Bruce, the team re-signed him to a three-year, $15 million contract, which should allow him to finish his career in St. Louis.

Wide receiver Brad Pyatt (Colts) signed a one-year, $432,500 contract with the Rams.

The team has not addressed this position in free agency.

POSITION ANALYSIS - DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE LINE

The Rams made their first big move in free agency by signing defensive tackle La'Roi Glover (Cowboys) to a three-year, $12 million contract.

LINEBACKERS

In what was perhaps the biggest offseason move, aside from bringing back Bruce, was the signing of linebacker Will Witherspoon (Panthers) to a six-year, $33 million deal. Witherspoon was believed by many to be one of the biggest impact defensive players available in free agency.

Linebacker Raonall Smith (Vikings) was signed to a one-year, $750,000 contract. He could battle for the starting strongside linebacker job.

SECONDARY

The team's second big splash into the free agent pool came when they signed free safety Corey Chavous (Vikings) to a five-year, $16 million contract.

Cornerback Fakhir Brown (Saints) signed a five-year, $12 million contract with the team in the middle of March.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Punter Matt Turk (Dolphins), who has made three consecutive Pro Bowls, was signed to a one-year, $850,000 deal.

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