What's left in free agency: Secondary

March, 31, 2014
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Earlier today, we took a look at what needs remain for the St. Louis Rams in the secondary. Coach Jeff Fisher said at last week's owners meetings that his team wanted to get involved with some veteran defensive backs but they were quickly priced out of the market.

In more general statements about free agency, Fisher has also indicated the Rams might not be done adding low cost free agents. While we wait on a decision from Tennessee receiver Kenny Britt, let's take a quick spin through the market to see what's still available in terms of free agency (as ranked by ESPN's Bill Polian) and what the Rams' secondary looks like as is. To see all of Polian's rankings of the top free agents left, you can check out his list on ESPN Insider here. Insider

Cornerback

Current expected starters: Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson
Also on the roster: Brandon McGee, Darren Woodard, Greg Reid

Free agents available: Dimitri Patterson, Carlos Rogers, Dominique Franks, Jabari Greer, Terrell Thomas, Cassius Vaughn, Josh Wilson

Thoughts: There simply isn't much left here to pursue. The Rams seem content with Jenkins and Johnson but need at least one more corner who can help in the nickel. Safety Rodney McLeod has that ability, but the Rams would be better served to find a true nickel. The hope is that McGee or Reid can develop into that but the Rams could peruse other options. Polian points out that Rogers is best suited to play in the slot at this point in his career, and he would provide a veteran presence. Greer has a history with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Still, the Rams haven't really expressed interest in any corners so far, and they have shown even less inclination to sign veterans unless they're certain it's an upgrade over what they have.

Safety

Current expected starters: T.J. McDonald, Rodney McLeod
Also on the roster: Matt Daniels, Cody Davis

Free agents available: Thomas DeCoud, Reed Doughty, Danieal Manning, Mike Adams, Patrick Chung, Steve Gregory, Major Wright, Ryan Clark

Thoughts: The Rams like McDonald's trajectory, and he figures to be the movable piece that Williams likes to have as his primary-box safety. McLeod is the incumbent in the spot next to McDonald, but that's the spot the team would like to upgrade. When healthy and in the lineup, Daniels and Davis have primarily been special-teams contributors, though Davis profiles more as the rangy type of safety the defense needs. In looking at the group available on the market, none of the free agents really fit the mold of a rangy type capable of running the alley and playing center field. The lone possible exception is Manning, whom Houston released Monday afternoon. If the price is right, perhaps he could be of interest to the Rams, though he's coming off an injury and he's 31. Matt Giordano, who filled the role of veteran at safety in 2013, is also available and could still potentially be brought back for depth.

Nick Wagoner

ESPN St. Louis Rams reporter

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