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Fisher Updates Free Agency

Posted by nickwagoner on March 14, 2013 – 5:15 PM

- Rams coach Jeff Fisher took some time to answer some important questions after new TE Jared Cook’s introductory press conference; discussing the current goings on in free agency as well as some of his thoughts on things that have already happened.

- Fisher discussed Cook’s addition to the team, something we’ll delve further into in a feature story on the homepage this afternoon. Needless to say, Fisher is very pleased with Cook’s addition. He looked on like a proud father during Cook’s news conference and he clearly has big plans for the hulking, athletic TE.

-  Fisher acknowledged the team’s interest in Miami OT Jake Long and said Long is still in the building. It appears things are building to a crescendo on striking a deal with the talented left tackle. While declining to give too many details about Long’s status, Fisher appeared hopeful something will get done soon enough.

“I can’t go into that right now but he’s still here,” Fisher said.  “That’s a good sign.”

- Asked what he likes about Long, Fisher said it was pretty clear what he brings to the table and expressed no concerns over Long’s injury history after a lengthy physical on Wednesday.

“Jake may be the only offensive lineman in NFL history to go to four consecutive Pro Bowls starting with his rookie year,” Fisher said. “He’s a very, very talented player. He’s still got a lot left and obviously it’s part of this process. You have to do your due diligence from a physical standpoint. We’ve done that and we’ll see where it goes.”

- In a related issue, it was reported Wednesday that current LT Rodger Saffold would ask the Rams for a trade if they asked him to move to RT. Fisher said he’s already discussed the matter with Saffold himself and that he doesn’t view it as being a problem.

“We had discussions with Rodg, not his agent,” Fisher said. “And what I’m concerned about right now is Rodger. And Rodger’s fine.”

- Detroit S Louis Delmas also paid a visit to St. Louis on Tuesday and Wednesday. He received a contract offer but headed to San Francisco to discuss further options.

“We’ve left the door open so we’ll see where that goes,” Fisher said.

- Fisher also talked further about some of the other situations currently developing at safety. He said releasing veteran SS Quintin Mikell was a difficult decision but also mentioned that Mikell could still return to the Rams at a reduced rate.

“It’s part of the process,” Fisher said. “It’s difficult. Sometimes those things happen. The door is still open. We have a lot of things going right now and it’s just putting the pieces together. One move affects another move. The communication has been great, we still have some things we are working on right now.”

- One move the Rams already made at safety was to tender and retain S Darian Stewart. Coincidentally, Stewart was a college teammate of Cook’s at South Carolina and the duo is reunited in St. Louis. Stewart didn’t play much last year and it was unknown whether he’d be back with the Rams this year but he apparently figures into the fans in a fairly prominent way, according to Fisher.

“It wasn’t a tough decision as far as Stew is concerned,” Fisher said. “Stew missed part of the offseason program and things fell into place and he didn’t get a chance to play very much but he’s a very talented player. So yeah, he steps up and he’s our guy. We are counting on him.”

- Speaking of free agents the Rams retained, Fisher expressed his happiness that William Hayes and Jermelle Cudjo, key cogs in the Rams’ defensive line rotation, were brought back on multi-year deals. Hayes signed a three-year contract in the hours before free agency opened and Cudjo signed a two-year pact the previous day.

“Very important,” Fisher said.  “As we go back through the tape the last couple months he was a productive player for us. He came in, he was always ready so we wanted to get that done. Then of course Will was a priority of ours also. The way he played last year really helped the defensive front. We envision him maybe getting some more snaps this year and the years to come. Will had seven sacks last year as a backup, very impressive.”

- And finally, Fisher took a moment to wish the best of luck to WR Danny Amendola, who agreed to  a five-year deal with New England on Wednesday evening.

“We talked to Danny throughout the process and I am very excited for Danny and happy for Danny and his opportunity and wish him well,” Fisher said. “We started this process back in September and it didn’t work out for us. Obviously you think as soon as Welker leaves that Danny is their guy and in fact he is. He’s going to be very productive in their offense.”

- Stay tuned for updates throughout the day as the Rams continue to work on tweaking the roster. A full story on Cook and how he fits in St. Louis will be coming later today to the homepage as well. Thanks for reading.


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23 Responses to “Fisher Updates Free Agency”

  1. By MikeRams4Life on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Stewart is capable of stepping in at Safety, Long would be an awsome signing, he is a pro bowler and with coach Bordreaux he would only get better. Now Sam will have 2 fast TE’s and a Line to provide him some time to throw the ball. Why do you think Brady is so successful? He has all day to throw the ball thats why, I think I saw him send a text message after the ball was snapped telling his wife he was going to score a TD, thats how much difference a great O-Line will make. Saffold had too many false start penalties at LT as well as injuries, his more natural position at RT should provide some stability.

  2. By aogemini on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry but I disagree with MikeRams4Life regarding R.Saffold. He was a left tackle in Indiana! Jake Long’s snap counts has increasingly declined since his rookie year – See below a portion of Bernie Miklasz article on St. Louis Post Dispatch.
    “First of all, here are Long’s snap counts in each of his NFL seasons:
    2008 — 1,068
    2009 — 1,147
    2010 — 1,077
    2011 — 801
    2012 — 745
    Notice the trend?”

    I would prefer that the Rams pick up Sebastian Vollmer as RT. Speaking of injuries, why pickup Louis Delmas?…another injury-prone player! I suppose it all depends on how their contract is laid out (hopefully, performance driven with little guaranteed money). On a positive, thanks for picking up Jared Cook!!!…excellent choice!

  3. By patrick crane on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    seems like a lot of money for long.we only have so much money too spend.I hate to see us dump it all on one player.I guess will se how it works out.weve had a lot of great left tackles come through st.louis/los angeles.but ive never seen one last very long.that has jake long injury history.I could see him being out alot.His contract should be structured accordinly.If he only plays x# of games.then he only gets so much.

  4. By ZamRam on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    What’s the hold up with Jake Long? I have to believe it’s about the money. I realize there was a lengthly physical involved. But we’re on day 2 here. Has it ever taken this long to sign or NOT sign someone?

  5. By Adam on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    Ok, it looks good for now. But how about some help at WR ??? Go and get CRUZ from NY !! Then everything else will fall into place.

  6. By aogemini on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    For our first 2 picks in the NFL Draft, I would prefer that the Rams draft Kenny Vaccaro (Safety from Texas) and Chance Warmack (Guard from Alabama) – not necessarily in this order. If veteran help is really what the front office insist, then how about James Ihedigbo Safety from Baltimore or retain the services of Craig Dahl for veteran leadership but still draft K.Vaccaro – hopefully as a starter.

  7. By nich4rams on Mar 14, 2013 | Reply

    The Rams will hopefully ink Jake Long and Saffold can rest knowing that he has help and the Rams are more secure at the OT position. If Saffold or Jake Long moves the Right side then so be it. The Rams are diffenetly not done. Let’s just see what happens.

  8. By Derrick on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    I’d love to see an O-line with a healthy Jake Long and Rodger Saffold. Draft a young talented Guard. I don’t think Bradford will have anything to worry about as far as protection goes. I’ll take anyone to play Safety over Dahl at this point. The future looks bright for the blue and gold.

  9. By Kyle on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t understand why the rams are sitting back and leaving the door open for Delmas yes he is a big hitter and a pretty good safety but he left to visit San Fran our rival we can draft a safety in April but when u have a SS like ex raven B. Pollard available in free agency and that’s one of the teams needs I would bring him in for a visit and hopefully get him signed he would be a great addition to the coverage unit and he would bring more veteran experience to the DB’s

  10. By Jaime on Mar 16, 2013 | Reply

    I dont know but i like reid better than vaccaro he looks more natural with better jump ability

  11. By Jaime on Mar 16, 2013 | Reply

    Plus Reid played better competition over his colleger career

  12. By gsliveri on Mar 17, 2013 | Reply

    Let’s pick up Brandon Loyd, he fits Sam Bredford well

  13. By jonnygchaser on Mar 17, 2013 | Reply

    I like the idea of getting Cruz from New York – its been along time since we have had a bonified number 1 wr. Picking up Long or Vollmer would upgrade the o-line. I would get Vollmer just thinking we need to save cap space, and almost as talented as Long, fewer injury problems. I like the idea of using our first round picks on Vaccaro and Ogletree, and using our remaining pick in the second on best possible halfback, lacy will b gone but that kid from wisconsin still might be there. We still have a great team even losing Amendola and Jackson. I think the office has its head in the right place, but kinda wish they would hurry to try to get something done in free agency – like Cruz/ Vollmer. We aren’t far from a winning/playoff season, if they do the right thing it could be this year!!!

  14. By JollyG on Mar 20, 2013 | Reply

    The Rams need to trade one of their first rounders for a good WR

  15. By Jimbow4jc on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    Wide Receiver is the position that the Rams need to focus on now. A team has to have a talented go to guy to open up other areas in the passing game. Remember when the Rams had Holt, Bruce and two other lightening fast wide outs? Well, no team in the league to handle that receiving core.

  16. By eightyeight on Apr 3, 2013 | Reply

    want about mcintosh. that is a good choice to resign

  17. By GabrielAngel on Apr 4, 2013 | Reply

    I like to thank you and your staff for making our team a new contender again I hope every thing gos s planned best of luck in the draft. A Live time Fan From California I’ll always be their for the team RAMS RULE.

  18. By CARam on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    former member here, been posting STL board, like to see how things feel here.

    This does not feel like fan posting site so far but would like to meander until I feel connected.

  19. By CARam on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    How do I get approved to post here?

  20. By CARam on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Just a trial post. Ram fan since 1950. Daily fix. So happy with Fish and Snead running things. Looking forward to a special year of Ram history in the making.

  21. By Tommy on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply

    Mr. Fisher , if you happen to read this, do not leave the first round without either a back or a receiver and preferably both. Vacarro would have to be the next Troy P for you to pass on Kenny Stills, Tavon Austin or Touchdown Eddie Lacy. Plenty of safeties later that you can coach up. Hope you are looking for a Kamikaze linebacker that can blitz. Love everything you have done up to this pt. now we need explosive playmakers in this draft. Dont forget your young backs are promising but blitz pickup could cost you a game. Mr. Lacey better than both you have.

  22. By Tommy on Apr 10, 2013 | Reply

    Almost forgot, It can cost you your franchise QB as well. Steven got better under your staff in blitz pickup. Other 2 scare me.

  23. By Tommy on Apr 11, 2013 | Reply

    Dont be afraid to take Stills if Austin is gone. Dont get greedy and think you can get him in round 2. NFL bloodline and pro style college offense make this guy an instant playmaker next year. not a project like Quick.

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