October 21, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brian Quick (83) makes a catch as Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) defends during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. Green Bay defeated St. Louis 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Rams Options For 2013 NFL Trade Deadline


Everyone can’t stop talking about the Seahawks and 49ers, yet they all seem to forget it was the St. Louis Rams who swept the NFC West division last season.  They know how to beat the so called “powerhouses” and they’ve only gotten better since.  With so much success building through the draft, could they look to acquire more assets through the NFL trade market?

Rodger Saffold

The number that will stick out when mentioning the name of Rodger Saffold is 13.  That is how many games the highly touted St. Louis Rams tackle has missed over the past two seasons.  After such stellar rookie season the luster of the 2010 second-round pick has worn off.  His contract is up after 2013 and nobody is sure if a move to the right tackle spot is enough to save him.  The sad part is he is 25-years old and a very efficient lineman when healthy.  Regardless, teams don’t have time for players who can’t stay on the field.  Luckily for Saffold his age and physical prowess would still be attractive to a lot of other teams on the trade market.  Though he becomes a free agent soon anyway, a fair demand of a low round pick might entice a lineman-starved team to negotiate.

Brian Quick

Another case of loaded potential hinging on a productive season.  Brian Quick  joined the Rams as a 6’3″ monster who figured to become the top target for quarterback Sam Bradford.  Instead he managed just 156 yards in 14 games.  Word out of St. Louis doesn’t paint a pretty picture either.  According to sources Quick has regressed to 4th on the offensive depth chart behind Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, and Chris Givens.  That is not meeting expectations for a second round pick.  Jeff Fisher is a coach notorious for not taking any nonsense from his players, on or off the field.  If Quick doesn’t make an impression soon the Rams aren’t going to let him linger on the roster for too long.

Cortland Finnegan

Fisher knows something about defense and is especially good at identifying talented corners.  That is how he drafted Cortland Finnegan in Tennessee and then brought him to St. Louis.  He quickly entered a leadership role, helping the Rams turn one of the worst defenses in the NFL in one of the best.  His 101 tackles, 3 interceptions and a sack were an understated part of their success.  So why would St. Louis trade it away?  One simple word:  value.  Finnegan is 29-years old, hasn’t missed a game since 2009 and is one of the best physical corners in football.  The problem is the Rams have done such a good job building their roster through the draft that they have reserves in place who could start including Trumaine Johnson.  Given how much the league has shifted to the passing game, having a feisty, durable corner is at a premium for teams.  It’s not a huge stretch to think the St. Louis Rams can’t get away with a solid deal for the veteran.

 

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  • Nathan Kearns

    Not trying to be nit-picky, but Brian Quick is below Givens, Austin, and Pettis (not Bailey) on the depth chart, which is to be expected at this point in the offseason. It is a bit absurd to think that Quick would get cut in the second year of his rookie contract, and maybe more ubsurd to believe he would be traded. He has approx. zero trade value, and the team knew he would be a project when they drafted him into the league. With more offensive talent on the roster it would not be surprising to see the team keep him on the bench this season to continue to learn and grow. Cheers to the “three year curve” for receivers.

    • Erik Lambert

      That’s strange. I didn’t see Pettis on the ESPN depth chart. I’ll have to correct that. Anyway, I wouldn’t say he has zero trade value. A lot of teams would have interest in a 6’4″ receiver with 4.5 speed. I’d bet the Patriots certainly do. He’s still young and if it becomes clear he’s not fitting in with the Rams or connecting with Sam Bradford then I believe he would find some interested teams on the market.

      • Nathan Kearns

        No doubt teams would be interested, but from the Rams standpoint, what would they get in return? A 6th or 7th rounder, maybe?

        • Erik Lambert

          You might be surprised. Given his size and age I’ve seen teams give up more for less. I would say a 4th or 5th isn’t out of the question if a team has a big enough need.

  • ricdram

    I beg to differ. None of the 3 players mentioned above are going anywhere. (Not this year).Saffold has been “tasked” @ RG & it’s his job to loose.The Rams would be wise to wait & see how he performs in the last year of his rookie contract. Finnegan is the catalyst/leader of the secondary. Is it likely the Rams would be better w/o him? NO ! Fisher reeled him in for a reason. I was disappointed with Quicks slow development but it’s WAY too earlry to say he is a bust. His place on the depth chart doesn’t mean squat. All those young receivers will rotate & be targeted. Sure Tavon Austin will be featured but not exclusively! Everyone will have a role. Fisher & Sneed know what they are doing. Please be patient.