– The Rams continued their flurry of moves Monday night, agreeing to a trade with the Jets that would swap OT Jason Smith to New York for OT Wayne Hunter.
– The sides agreed to terms Monday night but will not become official until the players take and pass physicals on Tuesday morning.
– Should the trade go through, it would give two much-maligned players a fresh start in new cities and situations.
– Hunter came into the league in 2003 as a third-round pick by Seattle. He went to the Jets in 2007 and became a full time starter in 2011, starting every game for New York last year.
– Hunter will be reunited with OC Brian Schottenheimer in St. Louis. That pair worked together for the duration of their time in New York.
– Because of that familiarity with Schottenheimer’s system, Hunter should be able to acclimate to the Rams’ system right away. He’ll likely step in behind Barry Richardson on the right side right away and could potentially push for the starting job.
– Hunter had become the target of criticism in New York because of some preseason struggles but would start anew in St. Louis.
– Smith was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He was expected to become one of the team’s bookend tackles for a long time. But his time in St. Louis has been marred by injury issues, including multiple concussions.
– The Rams would save some money against the salary cap – in excess of $1 million – should the trade go through.
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