NFL Free Agency: Cadillac Williams, Jerious Norwood Solidify Rams' Rush Attack

The NFC West will be looking at paying retail prices for quarterbacks in the post-NFL-lockout free agent extravaganza.

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St. Louis Rams, Mark Clayton Still Talking Despite Crowded Receiving Corps

It looks like Mark Clayton and the St. Louis Rams might reconnect after all.

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NFL Free Agency: St. Louis Rams Add Linebacker Depth With Ben Leber

Ben Leber, late of the Minnesota Vikings, joins the St. Louis Rams' free agency haul as linebacker depth.

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NFL Free Agency: Running Back Could Be An Unlikely Upgrade For Rams

The St. Louis Rams' decision to upgrade its backup running backs could pay dividends for their starter, Steven Jackson.

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NFL Free Agency: Cadillac Williams, St. Louis Rams Stage Steven Jackson Intervention

It looks like the St. Louis Rams finally decided it was time for a change. After years of letting Steven Jackson rush himself into an early grave by taking nearly every carry the Rams had for him, no matter how small, undignified, or dangerous, the erstwhile Greatest Show on Turf signed two down-on-their-luck veterans out of free agency, selecting Jerious Norwood as The Fast Understudy and Cadillac Williams as The Third Down Understudy. Their job: To get beaten up so that Jackson doesn't have to. Their mission: To do that well enough that, like Kenneth Darby and Keith Toston, last year's models, they don't find themselves invisible after Week 5.

Cadillac Williams, for his part, seems to have taken well to the role of Third Down Punching Bag after his arduous return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following a glorious start to his rookie season and several years of near-career-ending injury problems. With Norwood he provides the stoutest backup plan to Jackson in recent memory--and we can only hope it's stout enough to actually work.

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NFL Free Agency: Cadillac Williams Could Be The Punching Bag The Rams Seek

The St. Louis Rams have officially been declared in the hunt for a full-sized backup to overworked feature back Steven Jackson, and per the rumors they won't let a little thing like the Eagles signing number-one choice Ronnie Brown get in the way. Cadillac Williams is the latest name to be thrown around in the Rams' quest for a part-time bodyguard, and he could prove to be their ideal punching-bag.

Turf Show Times notes that Williams, who has emerged as a serviceable backup and pass-blocker after that superstar opening chapter in Tampa Bay was derailed by injuries that nearly ended his career, is somewhat more limited than Brown, let alone Jackson. 

But the Rams wouldn't be looking for dynamic play out of whichever player fills the Cadillac Williams Role at this point, would they? They're looking for a guy who can take the third-and-short punches they'd just as soon keep Steven Jackson out of arm's reach on. As the third back in a set that now includes Jerious Norwood, Williams represents a major upgrade over the likes of Kenneth Darby and Keith Toston, Jackson's would-be load-bearers in 2010, and I'm not sure the team would be asking for much besides that.

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NFL Free Agency: Rams Sign Jerious Norwood, Steven Jackson Gets Name-Brand Backup

The St. Louis Rams finally found a name-brand running back to back up Steven Jackson Tuesday, plucking Jerious Norwood off the free-agency rack to fill the change-of-pace back role many expected to go to Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles. The former Atlanta Falcons kick-returner, receiver, and speed merchant, who led the league in yards-per-carry at 6.0 in 2007, will, health willing, take some of the rushing load from Steven Jackson while simultaneously finding a spot in Josh McDaniels’s more exotic offensive schemes.

Norwood’s health and related decline bought him his ticket from the Falcons—he played in just two games in 2010, after averaging only 3.3 yards per carry in 2009—but if he stays healthy he’s likely to get a long look from the Rams, who last year surrounded Jackson with former seventh-rounder Kenneth Darby and the undrafted Keith Toston.

Rams Herd thinks the Rams might be done after signing Norwood, based on Josh McDaniels’s running back stylings in the past, but others have suggested Norwood could be only part of a backup platoon that is filled out with the likes of Cadillac Williams or some other name-brand punching bag.

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