EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The Los Angeles Rams have no shortage of unrestricted free agents this offseason. At this point, they're working to get deals done with key players like cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins and safeties Mark Barron and Rodney McLeod.
But with free agency set to open in a few weeks, it can be hard to get players to re-sign before they test the market. There's a negotiating window that opens just before the new league year actually starts but the reality is that a lot of talks will heat up at next week's NFL scouting combine.
Earlier this week, Pro Football Focus unveiled its list of the top 75 free agents for 2016. Given how many free agents the Rams have, it's no surprise they had multiple names on the list. In fact, they had five players within the top 45.
Defensive tackle Nick Fairley was the highest rated at No. 22. While his numbers didn't show it, PFF thought highly of his down to down pressure and the job he did in a limited role. Defensive end William Hayes (No. 32), Johnson (No. 40), Jenkins (No. 41) and Barron (No. 45) also landed on the list.
The Rams would like to keep all of those players and will likely have the cap space to make it happen but it might not be realistic to do so and also bolster the offense, which is in dire need of attention and resources.
In an ideal world, the Rams will be able to get two or three deals done before free agency opens. We'll find out soon enough if they can make that happen.
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ESPN NFL Nation columnist Kevin Seifert attempts to shed some light on commissioner Roger Goodall's exorbitant salary.
32 predictions for franchise or transition tags for each team.
Vikings reporter Ben Goessling offered an inside look at Minnesota's new stadium.
At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas participated in his weekly chat.
From the Rams' official site, a look back at Kenny Washington and his impact on the game.
The LA Times writes that the Rams are attempting to take care of business while also planning a move.