Morning Ram-blings: Former Rams at FA combine

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The NFL is trying a different spin on the NFL scouting combine this year by adding a combine for players who have been in the league but are without a team.

The NFL's first veteran combine is scheduled for March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals' practice facility in Tempe, Ariz. On Wednesday, azcentral.com released a list of those participating in the inaugural combine.

It's relatively old news but in case you missed it, former St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam is among the participants. He'll be doing that in between his appearance on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

But Sam isn't the only player with experience in St. Louis who is going to be in Tempe. Among the others who had at least a cup of coffee with the Rams are offensive lineman Graham Pocic, cornerback Greg Reid, defensive end Sammy Brown, defensive lineman Adam Carriker, linebacker Phillip Steward and tight end Jamie Childers.

What's interesting about that group is the various backgrounds of its members. Carriker was the Rams' first-round pick in 2007, taken No. 13 overall. The rest of the group is mostly undrafted free agents who never spent time on the team's active roster.

There are also a few players with some local and regional ties. Cornerback Kip Edwards (Missouri), tight end Eric Waters (Missouri), running back Mikel LeShoure (Illinois) and running back Jewel Hampton (Southern Illinois) are all from the area.


A roundup of Wednesday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... The Ram-blings started the day with a quick look back at a wild first day in free agency. ... We then looked at an actual quote with Rams owner Stan Kroenke's name on it, albeit from a team press release. ... The Rams have expressed interest in some free-agent linebackers. ... We then updated the Rams' salary-cap situation though that will be changing soon, also. ... We then had a quick sample of Rams' reactions to Bradford's departure. ... Finally, we heard from quarterback Sam Bradford via satellite from Philadelphia, where he had nothing bad to say about the Rams. ... The Rams made it official as they announced they have re-signed tight end Lance Kendricks.


Former Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan retired on Wednesday.

Bill Polian and Tedy Bruschi discussed the issues Bradford has had with durability.

NFL Nation columnist Kevin Seifert with some observations from the early days of free agency.

At 101sports.com, they offered a look at reactions from all over Twitter on the Bradford trade.

At stltoday.com, Bernie Miklasz takes a deeper look into what Foles brings to the table.

Miklasz also offers the Eagles' side of the interest in Bradford with an interesting nugget on Foles' ability as a play-action passer.