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Will the St. Louis Rams be affected by 49ers and Seahawks moves?

10:28 AM, Mar 12, 2013   |    comments
  • Jan 27, 2013, Honolulu, HI, USA; New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz (80) attempts to elude New York Jets safety LaRon Landry (30)l in the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
  • Nov 4, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (12) prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Minnesota 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
    
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(Rams Notes) -- Yesterday in this space, we brought up the discussion that the St. Louis Rams might be influenced by the Seahawks and 49'ers recent trades bolstering their respective receiving corps.

On Monday, the Minnesota Vikings traded wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks for a 1st, a 4th (in 2014) and a 7th round draft choice. Then later in the afternoon, per an ESPN report, the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens traded receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers, the team they beat last month in the Super Bowl. 

We found this all very interesting considering the market for NFL free agents opens today. Because the big question all Rams fans are asking is, "who will Sam Bradford have to throw to in 2013." This, of course was the same question we asked last year, but back then we knew beneath the answer lay both Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson. That is not the truth this offseason, as both are free agents, and very likely won't be Rams this coming year. 

On Monday, on the Giants 101 blog, writer Kyle Lagen wrote the Rams could be suitors for free agent Victory Cruz. Currently, according Lagen, the Giants have (see: will) tendered Victor Cruz at the first-round level, meaning that he will receive a one-year contract worth $2.87 million with the Giants barring a deal with another team.

Now, we're seeing other NFL pundits join in on the "Cruz to the Rams" bandwagon.  Today on NFL.com columnist Adam Schein wrote:

Colleague Chris Wesseling astutely pointed out at the end of last week that St. Louis has two first-round picks after last offseason's deal with the Washington Redskins (the Robert Griffin III trade). The Rams can make Cruz, a restricted free agent, a gigantic financial offer while still picking a player in Round 1 of April's draft. St. Louis is desperate for help at receiver to aid Sam Bradford.

But, Schein says he believes Cruz wants to stay in New York, and that the Giants will match any offer Cruz receives.  But he does think the Rams should get involved in a big way.

So the question we posed yesterday remains the same.  Will the Rams, seeing the neighborhood changing around them, push them to make a move for a veteran, free agent wide receiver? This will depend on how the Rams brass views the crop of wide-outs possibly available in the draft. Remember the Rams are sitting on two first round picks. If they do decide to go after Cruz instead of a making a pick - would Cruz be worth a first round pick?

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