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Thursday, February 12, 2009
Free-agency recap: How Rams fared

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Rams Player
How Acquired/ Lost Bad move?
Josh Brown
UFA Addition
No
Jacob Bell
UFA Addition
Yes
Anthony Becht
UFA Addition
No
David Macklin
UFA Addition
No
Reche Caldwell
UFA Addition
No
Brandon Gorin
UFA Re-sign No
Brett Romberg UFA Re-sign No
Adam Goldberg
UFA Re-sign No
Oshiomogho Atogwe
RFA Re-sign
No
Milford Brown
UFA Lost
No
Brandon Chillar
UFA Lost
Yes

If the Rams knew how bad they were going to be in 2008, they presumably would have added more than a kicker and a guard in unrestricted free agency.

Paying a $7 million signing bonus for Tennessee guard Jacob Bell might have worked better if Bell could have brought the rest of the Titans' offensive line to St. Louis as well.

The Rams' line struggled again. Josh Brown, signed to help the Rams win close games, continued to distinguish himself as one of the best long-range field goal kickers in the league. He made 10 of 13 tries from 40 to 49 yards and 6 of 8 from 50 yards or longer.

Retaining safety Oshiomogho Atogwe as a restricted free agent was an easy call.

I did not watch Brandon Chillar play for Green Bay this season, but the Rams could have used another linebacker. Some of the Rams' other moves -- adding Reche Caldwell, for example -- escaped serious criticism here because they cost relatively little financially.