(As of 3/27/10)
After a devastating 2009 season, you would think the Rams would be extremely active in the off season trying to find some talent. For a short while last week I was encouraged to hear rumors that the Rams were undergoing talks with Donovan McNabb, but it appears they were indeed only rumors. To date, these are the Rams actual signings:
1 AJ Feeley (QB) – Feeley was signed by the Eagles in 2001. He spent 2001 on the bench as a third string QB. In 2002 when both the first and second stringers went down with injuries (McNabb and Detmer), Feeley came in and won the next 4 of 5 games. In 2003 he was again relegated to the bench for the entire year (no snaps). In 2004 he was traded to Miami were he became their starting QB. Unfortunately, he played poorly and ended up sharing snaps with Jay Fielder. In 2005 he spent the whole season on the bench; first for Miami and then midway through the season with San Diego. In 2006 he was signed back by the Eagles and has played in a few unimportant game situations.
2 Darcy Johnson (TE) – Johnson was signed to the Giants practice squad in 2006 after going undrafted. The same year he worked his way up to the active roster. In 2006 he played in 1 game. In 2007 he didn’t play at all due to a partially torn ACL. In 2008 he saw some regular playing time and then once again in 2009 he was placed on injured reserve.
3 Fred Robbins (DT) – Robbins was a 2nd round draft pick for the Vikings in 2000. He was a solid, competent, competitive, and tough-as-nails left defensive tackle his entire tenure with the Vikings. In 2004 he signed with the Giants and once again excelled at his craft (moving to right tackle). During his time with the Giants he accomplished 161 solo tackles, 25 sacks, 3 interceptions, and a Super Bowl Victory in 2008. Going into the 2008 season he was chosen by his teammates to be their defensive captain. He was named to the 2008 Sports Illustrated All-Pro team. In 2009 he provided the Giants with 21 solo tackles. He wished to play out his career out with the Giants, but was instead released.
4 Kevin Dockery (CB) – Dockery signed with the Giants in 2006 as an undrafted free agent and played for them 4 years. He saw regular playing time with the Giants and incurred minimal injuries. His career stats are 3 INTs, 1 TD, 2 fumble recoveries, and 106 solo tackles.
And that is it my friends regarding Ram’s free agent signings. Here are my thoughts on each:
1 AJ Feeley – why are we signing another lame QB? We already have 3 in Bulger, Null, and Boller. Feeley is cut out of the exact same cloth as the others. This is a bad signing.
2 Darcy Johnson – Darcy is undrafted, unproven, and injury prone. Bad signing
3 Fred Robbins – Fred has been a defensive stud his entire career. However, the Giants must think he is past his prime or they would have resigned him. I still think this is a very positive move for the Rams. His performance has not had a dramatic decline in recent years and the Rams will definitely benefit from his leadership skills.
4 Kevin Dockery – Dockery may not be a super star caliber player, but he has been durable and productive. Hopefully he will quietly do his job and we will never have to worry about that side of the field again. I think this is a good signing.
Well, there is much more work to be done before the start of the 2010 season, but we have made a couple positive steps forward.