According to Mike Sando of ESPN, the St. Louis Rams and Pro Bowl LT Jake Long are still talking.
The 27 year old Long departed from St. Louis yesterday after a three day stay, leaving without a contract. Although the two sides could not reach a deal in St. Louis, this does not mean the Rams are out of the running for the four time Pro Bowler.
While the former Michigan star remains an intriguing option for the Rams, GM Les Snead should start considering other options.
Sebastian Vollmer: The 28 year old tackle has played his first four seasons in the NFL as a member of the Patriots and has done an excellent job protecting Tom Brady. Vollmer would be a solid addition to a St. Louis line that allowed 35 sacks last season. While Vollmer is not the big name free agent signing that most fans would like to see, he would be a much cheaper and perhaps more viable option.
Eric Winston: The former third round pick out of the University of Miami would be an interesting option for Jeff Fisher and Co. to consider. The 29 year old played last season in Kansas City and did an outstanding job in both the running and passing game. If the Rams are looking to save cap space for other needs in free agency, Winston must be considered on a one or two year deal.
The Draft: The Rams may opt to not sign a free agent tackle and instead turn to the 2013 Draft. Keep in mind St. Louis has both the 16th and 22nd pick in the first round this year. Lane Johnson out of Oklahoma was a rock solid pass blocker in college and many believe he may even have more upside than Luke Joeckel. D.J. FLuker out of Alabama may also draw consideration from Les Snead because of his excellent run blocking ability, but many scouts feel his pass blocking is below average.
The St. Louis Rams have many decisions to make over the next couple of months, especially after losing Danny Amendola and Steven Jackson to free agency. With the rest of the NFC West continuing to improve, the Rams also must find a way to get better heading into the 2013 season.
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