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Rams G.M. says he has had no talks with the Bucs

In response to a report that the Buccaneers and the Rams are talking about a trade that would allow Tampa to jump from No. 3 to the top spot in the 2010 draft, St. Louis G.M. Billy Devaney said in a chat on the team’s web site that he has had no discussions with Tampa.

“I am being completely honest when I say that I have not talked to anyone in Tampa Bay,” Devaney said.  “I’m not saying that won’t happen at some point but to date there is absolutely nothing going on.”

Since Devaney said he’s being completely honest, we’ll believe him.  And we’re being completely honest when we say that.

That’s not a knock on Devaney; it’s a comment regarding the reality of the pre-draft maneuverings.  It’s an extended game of poker, where deception is part of the dance.  And the truth gets told only when doing so meshes with the overall strategic objectives of the team.

Either way, Devaney left the door open — and that makes sense.  The Rams have problems far bigger than any one player can fix, and if they can turn that No. 1 selection into multiple draft choices, they should explore any such possibilities.

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12 Responses to “Rams G.M. says he has had no talks with the Bucs”
  1. Hans says: Feb 22, 2010 8:56 PM

    For those who didn’t know…
    Bucsa is a village in Békés County, in the Southern Great Plain region of south-east Hungary.

  2. Draft King says: Feb 22, 2010 8:59 PM

    Often when someone says “to be honest with you” or “truthfully”, they are lying.

  3. movethedamnchains says: Feb 22, 2010 9:30 PM

    Best move for the Rams is to trade down and keep trading to the middle of the first, ala Cleveland last year. Forget the High priced QB, rookie salary cap next year.
    Suh,as great as his potential is, is too much money to lock up on a struggling franchise.
    They need lots of draft picks this year.

  4. mankthetank says: Feb 22, 2010 10:24 PM

    This could be a good move for the Rams. The top two QB’s in the draft look like Clausen and Bradford, and you have to assume the Bucs would be trading up for the opportunity to nab Suh and bolster their pass rush. The Rams would then have to hope that their choice at QB is still available at #3.

  5. Charlie Dungy says: Feb 22, 2010 11:09 PM

    Of course they have talked to the Bucs. C’mon! If I was a fan of the Rams I’m praying they trade down and get a QB. Vick or whoever they want to bring in is not the future. With that being said they probably bring in Vick and draft an OT with 3rd pick.

  6. Mean D says: Feb 23, 2010 4:10 AM

    Please, oh please make this trade. Rams will still get the QB they want at #3. And the Bucs need Suh in the worst way.

  7. red13 says: Feb 23, 2010 7:14 AM

    I heard Billy on the radio here yesterday, and he said it’s too soon for teams to even be talking about trading draft picks, they are concentrating on the combine and free agency right now. He said that no one will talk about trading picks until they figure out what they’re doing with free agents. He did say that he would love to have options, and would consider a trade when the time comes, but it’s way too soon now.
    I’d love to see them trade down to #3 and get Bradford, and then go D and WR in 2nd and 3rd, then a running back after that.

  8. DailyRich says: Feb 23, 2010 7:20 AM

    Thing is, if the Rams really want a QB, the Bucs can stay put at #3 and be guaranteed either Suh or McCoy, depending on who the Lions take, and not give up any draft picks. They need as many players as they can get.

  9. patpatriotagain says: Feb 23, 2010 7:24 AM

    “We haven’t talked to anyone in Tampa Bay…” After bill clinton, I’m used to (over)analyzing the words people use. This could be interpreted several ways:
    1. “We haven’t talked to anyone in Tampa Bay (YET)
    2. “We didn’t talk to anyone in Tampa Bay (We were in Miami at the time).
    3. We didn’t talk to anyone in T.B. (They talked to us)

  10. Drat says: Feb 23, 2010 7:47 AM

    What Devaney’s saying is that he’s talked to Tampa Bay officials who were not physically located in Tampa Bay at the moment at which he was talking to them.

  11. tatum32 says: Feb 23, 2010 8:25 AM

    This could be a good move for the Rams. The top two QB’s in the draft look like Clausen and Bradford, and you have to assume the Bucs would be trading up for the opportunity to nab Suh and bolster their pass rush. The Rams would then have to hope that their choice at QB is still available at #3.
    Clausen could drop as far as 9, and the Rams could forgo getting a QB, take Michael Vick, and get a 2nd tier QB in the following round (Pike, LeFevour or McCoy)

  12. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Feb 23, 2010 9:05 AM

    why would the bucs bring in vick, i’m sure the bucs organization is happy with what they got with Josh Freeman

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