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Rams quiet during free agent period

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By Brendan Marks By Brendan Marks

(FootballStL) -- Anybody else getting nervous about the Rams? While teams around the NFL hustle to fill needs during the free agent signing period, the Rams have done nothing (at least as I write this).

So far they've lost two starting guards in Rodger Saffold (Raiders) and Chris Williams (Bills). 

You can't blame them for not matching Oakland's ridiculous offer to Saffold of 5 years and $42 1/2 million. That's just nuts.

The Raiders began free agency about $65 million under the salary cap, so they needed to throw around a lot of cash just to get to the salary cap minimum every team must spend.

That doesn't help the Rams though. They're still faced with having to replace Safford, Williams and possibly another free agent guard, Shelly Smith who has meeting scheduled with the Giants and Patriots. 

The Rams brain trust had to see this coming. At the moment they have Scott Wells, Tim Barnes, Brandon Williams and Barrett Jones left on the roster as possible replacements for the departed players.

Nobody knows yet whether left tackle Jake Long will be ready for the start of the season after having ACL surgery late last season. Seems to me it's almost time to hit the panic button.

Either the Rams have a lot of confidence in Barnes, Williams and Jones stepping up and playing well, or they're planning to spend multiple draft picks on offensive linemen. 

The Rams finished 30th in the league in team offense last year. Only two teams were worse, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay.

You'd think they would aggressively attempt to improve on that using free agency as a way to bolster the attack with a veteran player or two.

They can't possibly believe they have the offensive talent on the current roster to challenge Seattle, San Francisco and Arizona in the NFC West. 

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