Los Angeles Rams: 5 late free agents signings that need to happen

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The Los Angeles Rams officially opened for business in Agoura Hills, earlier this week. With the move from St. Louis official, the team must concentrate on Free Agency.

The Rams lost some key players from last year, and they missed on most of the marquee names. However, it is not too late to salvage the Free Agency period via the bargain-bin.

All of these players come with their questions, but that is why they are available this late in the process.

Here are five players the Rams should make a run at with their more than $15 mill. in cap space.

Receiver James Jones

Regardless of who plays quarterback, the Rams need help at receiver. They should enlist Jones who registered 890 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns last year with the Green Bay Packers.

He is far from a deep-threat, but Jones would compliment Tayvon Austin well. Jones runs solid routes and uses solid hands. He would easily compete for the second or third spot on the depth chart.

For the third consecutive season, Jones has not received a lot of interest on the open market. He should come to Los Angeles for cheap, as the Rams offer a shot at starting. Plus, Jones is also a Calif. native. 

Rusher Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy made headlines this week by saying he never hit a woman, despite the pictures on the internet about what he may or may not have done to his former girlfriend.

Terrible guy or not, the Rams need talent. They released long-time end Chris Long, and Hardy brings the explosiveness to replace him. Hardy registered six sacks with the Dallas Cowboys last season, and imagine him next to Robert Quinn and Aaron Donald.

Sign him to a short-term contract. If he becomes a lunatic or distraction on “Hard Knocks” or the sideline, then cut him. But maybe an almost blacklist from the NFL taught Hardy a lesson. In that case, Hardy is an affordable investment worthy of a gamble.

Linebacker Curtis Lofton

Lofton slowly declined over the past-two seasons. He signed with the Oakland Raiders before the 2015 season, but he registered a career-low 50 tackles before being replaced by a rookie.

Lofton struggles in pass coverage, like always. His run stuffing also declined. However, he is only 28-years-old with 120 career starts.

At the very minimum, Lofton is a solid depth option behind Michael Brockers. At the best, he becomes a two-down run-stopper on a team that ranked in the middle of the pack last year.

Corner Antonio Cromartie

Cromartie is coming off the worst season of his career. He started every game and made zero interceptions for the New York Jets, which was his lowest total since his rookie season as a backup.

Nonetheless, Cromartie offers 131 starts on his resume. For the Rams, they need someone starting opposite Trumaine Johnson after Janoris Jenkins bolted for the New York Giants.

The Rams may draft a corner high in the draft, but said rookie would benefit from playing behind Cromartie a year. Los Angeles should welcome a 4-time Pro Bowler this late in Free Agency.

Walter Thurmond III

The Former Philadelphia Eagles safety Thurmond is reportedly contemplating retirement. Maybe sunshine in Los Angeles and one more year starting persuades him to stay active?

Thurmond is off the best season of his career. He registered three interceptions last season, as he transitioned to the safety position.

At 28-years-old, Thurmond could provide long-term depth at the corner and safety position. The Hollywood native would help fill the void left by former Rams starter Rodney McLeod who replaced him in Philadelphia.

At this point in Free Agency, no player is a sure thing. The Rams may wait for the NFL Draft to play out at the end of the month before signing any of these guys. However, they should look to add some talent before the pool completely dries-up.


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Pete D. Camarillo is currently a credentialed Lakers writer for SportsOutWest and co-host of the weekly Touchdowns and Tangents podcast. Pete enjoys creating content about music, life and West Coast Sports, specifically the NBA and NFL. He has published more than 1,000 articles across various publications including ClutchPoints, FullPressCoverage, TheSportsDaily, Fansided and Inquistr. Pete is also currently a full-time media relations professional for Business Wire and he is active in ONA, SPJ, NABJ and AAJA organizations in Los Angeles. The 2015 CSUN Journalism grad volunteers on his Journalism Alumni Association Board of Directors now. His background includes community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. studying sports management, football coaching and earning a fellowship for his entrepreneurship ventures. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.


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