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Free Agent Frustration

It’s always fun when your team goes out in the off season, acquires a big name player, and then you spend the rest of the off season in anticipation about how this big name free agent is going to contribute in the coming season. This off season has been a particularly dull one for Rams fans compared to the two previous off seasons. Even though it may not be fun and flashy, the Rams missing out on the free agents they’re targeting is actually a very good sign.

Missing out on the free agents that Snead and Fisher have decided to bring in means that this team is committed to the future and has a long term plan. Everybody got their hopes up when Snead decided to bring in names like Jarius Byrd, Alterraun Verner, Henry Melton, and others for negotiations. On the outside it looked like the Rams were ready to make some major moves, on the inside though Snead and Fisher were just bargain shopping. Management put a price tag on each of these players and decided what their value is and were committed to not over paying them. They stuck firm to their values and did not buy into spending big to win now.

It always seems like this team is just on year away, but what we have to remember is Snead has only had two drafts under his belt. In just these two drafts, Saint Louis has picked up Tavon Austin, Alec Ogletree, TJ McDonald, Stedman Bailey, Zac Stacy, Michael Brockers, Janoris Jenkins, Trumaine Johnson, Chris Givens, Greg Zuerlein, and Daryl Richardson. This does not even include project players like Barrett Jones and Brian Quick who we are still waiting to see if they work out. That means out of Snead’s last 17 picks, 13 of these picks have turned into outstanding, solid, or project players. That means 76% percent of Snead’s picks have worked out. That’s an outstanding percentage in a league where around 50% of draft picks working out is considered a success.

The bottom line is that building through the draft takes time. Fans may not want to be patient and wait for Snead to get four or five drafts in but that is how a team builds a dynasty. Building through the draft and then using your cap space to retain talent is the way to go in this league. If you’re a Rams fan that’s feeling some free agent frustration, just trust Snead, he knows what he’s doing.

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