This off-season is utterly huge for the St. Louis Rams. They are coming off a 1-15 season with the number 1 pick in the NFL draft. Their star player was alleged to have battered his pregnant girlfriend. The Rams are entering an uncapped NFL season in which the free agent pool will be severely limited to players with over 6 years of service. The Rams will more than likely be sold to a new owner before the NFL draft in April. There is not a lot of room for error for the Rams, but if history is any guide, the Rams will take it slow and steady.
The Rams have the number 1 overall selection in the NFL draft and a need at quarterback, which is a dangerous combination for a franchise. Lots of people will be calling for either QB Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen to be picked. Whomever the Rams pass on, there will be people ripping them for passing on a “future franchise QB” or “the best defensive player of the decade” in Ndamokong Suh. The Rams will be under the microscope with the first pick on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and need to hit on all three day-starting selections.
Steven Jackson was in the press for all the wrong reasons as a former girlfriend alleged that he beat her and forced her to lie about it when she was 9 months pregnant. The criminal charges were dropped by the Las Vegas Police Department but a civil case could still be eminent. The Rams and Steven Jackson have dodged this unforeseen issue so far, but this was the last thing that Jackson and the Rams needed.
The Rams will be sold this offseason to a new ownership group and despite what any person amongst these groups have said, they could possibly have designs or be tempted to move the Rams away from St. Louis. Two destinations for the Rams could be the Great White North or LaLa Land.
There are a lot of potential wrong turns for the Rams this off-season, some that could take the team way off course and some that end up in Toronto. The Rams could take a college QB that turns out to be a bust and their star running back ends up in the press for the wrong reasons all the while the new ownership group is courting other cities for a new home of the Rams. However, the Rams could take a franchise QB or DT and slowly build a great franchise in St. Louis with a dominanting defense and strong running game in the Edward Jones Dome.
Lots to keep an eye on for Rams fans this off-season.