Will WR Randy Moss and DT Albert Haynesworth land with the St. Louis Rams in 2012? Both players are unemployed currently and both players have experience with head coach Jeff Fisher. So, if you connect the dots, it’s logical to assume that both players could get a look from Jeff Fisher and his new team, the St. Louis Rams.
There is no doubt that the wide receiver position is a priority for the St. Louis Rams in 2012. The team will likely address the need in the upcoming draft, as the draft class of receivers this season is extremely deep. The team is likely to allow WR Brandon Lloyd to leave via free agency, he was the Rams leading receiver in 2011.Even if the Rams address the need of receiver in the draft, this team is so bereft of play makers on offense, I could see the Rams bringing in as many as three new receivers for 2012.
Head coach Jeff Fisher didn’t openly dismiss Randy Moss wearing a Rams uniform in 2012 when asked. In fact, Fisher spoke highly of Moss. “I thought the world of him over the six or eight weeks that I think we had him. I thought he was a terrific teammate and he did a great job in our locker room,” Fisher told reporters.
If Moss has anything at all left in the tank, the Rams should at least bring him in for a workout. He’ll come at a much lower cost to the team than a Vincent Jackson or Marques Colston will in free agency.
The other currently unemployed former veteran player Fisher has a relationship with is Albert Haynesworth. Haynesworth had his most productive seasons while as a member of the Tennessee Titans. Haynesworth was released earlier this week by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Rams entered the 2011 regular season with what was expected to be a solid defense, but the finished the season ranked 31st against the run, allowing 152 yards per game. On the current depth chart for the Rams, Justin Bannan and Fred Robbins occupy the interior of the defensive line. The pair combined for 60 tackles and just one sack.
Haynesworth has likely worn out his welcome around the league, with few teams wanting to deal with the sideshow he brings into the locker room. However, as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he played solid football, recording 20 tackles in seven game and caused no disruption in the Buccaneers locker room despite playing for a very bad Tampa Bay team last season.
Haynesworth will turn 31 in June of this year, and his options to play in the NFL next season are likely running out. If Jeff Fisher thinks he can get some production out of Haynesworth, expect him to be making a visit to the Rams facility soon. Fisher could have brought Haynesworth back to Tennessee two seasons ago when he was a member of the Washington Redskins but declined at that point. Now, Fisher would not have to acquire a large salary and surrender any draft picks in order to acquire his former player.
I think it is very possible that both of these former players could be current players for Jeff Fisher once again.