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Age before beauty: Rams free agents

2/26/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams could conceivably part with every one of their unrestricted free agents this offseason.

They will try to re-sign cornerback Ron Bartell. They could bring back a few others. But when a new front office and new coaching staff inherit a team with five victories over two seasons, serious roster trimming tends to ensue.

The chart ranks the Rams' scheduled unrestricted free agents from oldest to youngest, with ages rounded down to the tenth. Four are at least 33 years old. Four more are at least 30. Two more -- Travis Minor and Brett Romberg -- turn 30 during the 2009 season.

Bartell is clearly the Rams' most attractive UFA candidate. His case is a tough one for the Rams.

While the team would like to retain its best young talent, the coaching staff doesn't know Bartell well enough to make informed judgments about his longterm potential. And with the market for cornerbacks drying up, Bartell might command a significant contract on the open market.