Top Free Agent - Ron Bartell
Starters - Three
Must Re-Sign - Ron Bartell
Team Top FA Need - DT, DC, OT
Franchise Player - Oshiomogho Atogwe - $6,342,000
Comments - I still believe if the Rams have the nucleus to make a quick turn around in the division, but to do so they are going to have to improve the defensive unit significantly. Other than safety Oshiomogho Atogwe and cornerback Ron Bartell, I really didn't one other player in the group of 18 UFA's that the Rams will attempt to resign. Atogwe is a smart dependable who made some plays while Bartell has every quality physically you look for in a corner (fast, smart and body beautiful) but he is just an average football player in my opinion.. General Manager Bill Devaney certainly has his work cut out for him and I believe will make some major changes to the fabric of this football team. I don't expect Torry Holt to be with the new look Rams in 2009 and based on his play in 2008 their future Hall of Fame left tackle Orlando Pace has slipped badly and appears to be completely broken down from a physical standpoint. Fakhir Brown is a Haslett disciple, while Travis Minor is a Scott Linehan special; neither is expected to be back next season. The rest of the group are made up of "Has Beens" (Stills, Glover, Hall and Withrow) and "Never Will Be's" (Gorin, Minor and Looker). It's not going to be easy, but after many year's of floundering from a management standpoint, the Rams finally have the pieces in place to re-build this program.