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Reggie Bush Rumored To Be Shopping Himself To Interested Teams

Here's an interesting way to combine the St. Louis Rams' perceived need for a veteran receiver with their perceived need for a change-of-pace back to keep Steven Jackson from wearing down entirely: The latest NFL rumors have estranged New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush shopping himself around the league, looking for a team that would be more interested in paying him than the Saints appear to be after selecting Mark Ingram and keeping Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas around. 

Reggie Bush never turned into the superstar he looked like in college, but he's got a peculiar skill-set, one that would help the Rams fix two peculiar problems. With Austin Pettis and Greg Salas on the roster the Rams have no more room for questionably gifted wide receivers like Plaxico Burress or Randy Moss, and Steven Jackson continues to protest any plan that calls for him splitting time with another running back, despite the down-year he suffered in 2010 after years of single-back abuse. 

Bush would give Sam Bradford an interesting and potentially dangerous option as a receiver, and he'd give Steven Jackson an interesting but not threatening wingman at running back. Voila!

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Plaxico Burress, St. Louis Rams Connected By Yet Another Well-Meaning Writer

At least, I assume Peter King means well when he connects the St. Louis Rams yet again to Plaxico Burress, who fits into Steve Spagnuolo’s system about as well as he fits into Josh McDaniels’s crowded group of wide receivers or his handgun fits into his waistband. For future reference, here are the things that need to be resolved before the Rams and Burress can be profitably connected:

Who do the Rams dump? They just drafted two more wide receivers. They’ve got Danario Alexander and Donnie Avery coming off injuries, Mark Clayton supposedly interested in a return engagement, Danny Amendola having recently led the team in receptions and scrappy white guy hustle, and Brandon Gibson also around.

Why does Steve Spagnuolo do it? Is Plaxico Burress, after a two year layoff, the difference between the Rams missing the playoffs and contending through 2012? Is he worth throwing all that talk about the four pillars into lockdown for at least a year just as Spagnuolo begins to establish himself as the face of the Rams?

Why Burress? Why not Randy Moss, Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, or any of the other crazy (but less crazy!) wide receivers likely to be available following the NFL lockout?

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NFL Rumors: Steve Smith Unhappy With Carolina Panthers

More NFL rumors amid the lockout—Steve Smith, erstwhile Pro Bowl wide receiver with the Carolina Panthers, is not happy to be there, even in the Cam Newton era, though he’s being “classy” and refusing to “tip [his] cards” about requesting a trade out of there. Smith is yet another veteran for St. Louis Rams fans to wonder about while trading continues to be proscribed, although it should be noted that according to the Pro Football Outsiders rankings, last year he was about as bad as Laurent Robinson.

Smith was last Himself in 2009, and he was last the king of wide receivers in 2008, when he caught 78 balls for 1421 yards and an NFL-leading 101.5 yards per game. He’s an interesting trade target primarily because he was so bad last season—that leaves a lot of room for negotiation in any trade talks. Between him, Terrell Owens, and Randy Moss there’ll be no shortage of useful but also potentially crazy wide receivers for the Rams (and Sam Bradford) to target, whenever the NFL lockout finally lifts.

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