NFC West: Fred Smith

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The St. Louis Business Journal points to FedEx CEO and Washington Redskins minority owner Fred Smith as a potential buyer for the Rams. Smith is from Memphis.

Said St. Louis icon Dan Dierdorf: "Fred Smith was, and has been for a long time, interested in obtaining an NFL franchise. What makes him attractive in my mind is financially he is more than capable of the transaction. The NFL would not want two teams in Tennessee. Bud Adams, the [Titans] owner in Nashville, would have a fit. Smith would be a great choice because his hometown would not be a competitor with St. Louis. He could keep the Rams here long term."

And that is what current majority owner Chip Rosenbloom says he wants to do. Smith would not be a locally based owner, but numerous NFL owners do not live in their teams' cities. Smith appears to have the financial resources and NFL ties to provide solid ownership.

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