The St. Louis Rams finally signed an outside free agent, adding former Florida State cornerback/punt returner Greg Reid over the weekend.
Reid announced that he had signed with the team on his Facebook account Sunday, saying he was "proud to be in the Rams organization." ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter confirmed the move with a source Monday afternoon.
Of course, the addition of Reid isn't exactly the type of signing that should move the needle much for Rams fans waiting for the team to add a free agent of significance. Reid hasn't played in a game since 2011. Florida State dismissed Reid from the team in 2012 because of a violation of team rules and transferred to Valdosta State, a Division II school.
Reid suffered an ACL injury that prevented him from playing his senior season and required two surgeries since August 2012, the second of which came in May of last year. Nursing that injury, Reid has spent the past year-plus rehabilitating. Finally back to health, Reid participated in Florida State's pro day on March 18 and apparently did enough to impress scouts in attendance.
In comments to ESPN's Florida State/ACC reporter Jared Shanker, Reid was pleased with his performance.
“I was pleased to come out and show NFL coaches how I was doing and how far I’ve came,” Reid said. “I’m healthy and everything is going in the right track.”
The Rams have an obvious need for help at corner, particularly at nickel after releasing Cortland Finnegan and opting to let Quinton Pointer depart. Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson are the starters with Brandon McGee the only other corner returning to the mix.
In an ideal world, Reid could come in and earn a place as a potential nickel corner with the ability to chip in as a punt returner behind Tavon Austin. In fact, Reid was dynamic as a returner in college and probably is more likely to make a difference in that regard in the NFL.
All told, it's hard to peg this signing as anything more than the Rams taking a flier on a player with some upside attempting to return from injury. If it works out, it's a nice find, but chances are Reid will have an uphill climb to make the roster.