Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush were off the board early, but that didn't keep the St. Louis Rams from getting their man in NFL free agency, or at least their type of man--Jerious Norwood will be Steven Jackson's long-awaited shifty-undersized-running-back complement after signing a one year deal Tuesday.
Norwood was a brilliant change-of-pace back in 2007 and 2008, averaging 5.6 yards per carry and catching 64 balls besides, but 2009 was a struggle and 2010 was lost almost entirely; Norwood played in just two games, touching the ball three times, before going down for good. The Rams are betting that injuries and ineffectiveness haven't slowed him down permanently.
If he's healthy, Norwood, an unconventional threat at the position, could be a great weapon for Josh McDaniels, but the rumor mavens suggest the Rams aren't done yet in their quest to save Steven Jackson from his own desire to run himself into the ground. A more conventional pick-up like Cadillac Williams could still be in the cards.