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Recapping A Crazy Week for the Rams and The NFL

In January of this year, my wife and I scheduled a summer trip to the Pacific Northwest to visit family and a few cities we haven’t seen before and enjoy the outdoors and scenery.  End of July was a perfect time for both of us.  Little did we know that that specific week from front to back would be the busiest week in the NFL in our lifetimes.  The lockout was lifted, rookie free agents were signed, draft picks were signed, free agents were signed and trades were completed all while I was on vacation.  I tried to be connected a bit in down times to figure out what was going on.  Most of my engagement was best through Twitter, where I could get news quickly and fire off quick salvos while on the run.  So, let’s recap all the moves the Rams made this week after the jump.

First and foremost, all draft picks are signed and into camp including 1st round pick Robert Quinn and his 11th hour agent change.

The Rams made their first big splash, signing safety Quintin Mikell to lock down one of their safety spots for 4 years and a big contract.  Mikell is a great fit for the Rams defense as he can play both the pass and run.

Rams picked up DT Justin Bannan from Denver who can play both defensive end and tackle, which is perfect for Steve Spagnuolo’s defensive line.

Rams agreed to terms with free agent Guard Harvey Dahl from Atlanta to fill their vacant right guard position.  The next dominoes to fall after this move were that the Rams asked LG Jacob Bell to restructure his contract (take less money).  Bell initially rebuked, but then eventually came around the next day.  Having both starters locked up, the Rams then moved young, potential guard John Greco to the Browns for a conditional 7th round draft pick.  The scouts loved Greco’s tools, but the coaches hated his concentration lapses.

Rams signed OLB Zach Diles.  Diles is probably not much more than a depth signing, but the Rams moved quickly to get him and he should help the Rams outside linebacker corps that were decimated by injury and ineffectiveness last season.

The Rams announced that they have not signed Mark Clayton back with the Rams yet because they are not sure he is 100% healthy after his knee injury last season.  Look for the Rams to sign Clayton later in camp.

The Rams then signed free agent WR Mike Sims-Walker to an incentive-laden deal.  Sims-Walker is a very talented receiver, who had problems with concentration and work ethic in Jacksonville.  The Rams could be able to motivate him and get the best out of him, or they could release him without any problem.  He is the ultimate low-risk, high-reward signing.

The Rams also inked veteran corner Al Harris, who is in great physical shape despite his age and could bring a lot of experience to the Rams young secondary as a depth corner.

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