Re-grading the Rams' 2015 offseason

The Rams' biggest move of the 2015 offseason -- trading for quarterback Nick Foles -- turned out to be a bust. Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The Los Angeles Rams are in the midst of what figures to be a busy offseason. They have a lot of free agents to deal with and a cross-country move to make.

But it's an offseason that would be less complicated had they done better during the 2015 offseason. On Thursday, ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando unveiled his re-grades for every team for what they did in the 2015 offseason.

Given the benefit of hindsight, Sando didn't think too highly of the work the Rams did last year, though they got a good grade for what they accomplished at the time. Sando gave the Rams a 'B' last year after they traded for quarterback Nick Foles, signed linebacker Akeem Ayers and defensive tackle Nick Fairley, and drafted running back Todd Gurley and a whole bunch of offensive linemen.

With the results of that offseason now available, Sando downgrades the Rams' performance to a 'D.'

Clearly, the Foles trade was the biggest move they made and it turned out to be a bust. That the Rams signed him to an extension before he played a game for them didn't help. The Rams also lost points for hiring and firing Frank Cignetti as offensive coordinator.

For the Rams to take the next step forward in 2016, they'll need to fare better this time around.


A roundup of Thursday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... There are plenty of former Rams players and coaches involved with Sunday's Super Bowl 50. ... The Ram-blings took a look at how Panthers coach Ron Rivera almost had that job with the Rams. ... Center Tim Barnes hopes to re-sign with the Rams, but if he can't he hopes he's done enough to make his offseason a little easier this time around.


* Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald joined the Dan Le Batard show from radio row at the Super Bowl.

* The NFL is establishing a 'Rooney Rule' for women and executive positions.

* Adam Schefter examines five of the biggest offseason storylines.

* At 101sports.com, Bernie Miklasz writes that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning would have better options than the Rams if he keeps playing.

* The LA Daily News offers a different take on Manning and the Rams.

* At stltoday.com, David Hunn writes that Rams owner Stan Kroenke and one of his business partners are seeking tax credits to develop in Maryland Heights.

* Jim Thomas participated in his weekly chat.