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Report: Rams shopping players for picks

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After parlaying the second overall pick in the 2012 draft into three first-round picks and a second-round selection, Rams coach Jeff Fisher is looking to stockpile more selections on draft day.

Mike Lombardi of NFL Network reports that, with the trade deadline nine days away, the Rams are actively shopping players.

Lombardi named no names.  But he said that the Rams are willing to flip players for picks because the Rams “know they’re not going to the Super Bowl this year.”

It’s a little premature to put a fork between the horns, however.  At 3-3, the Rams could still steal a wild-card berth.  And, as we’ve seen time and again in recent years, anyone with a seat at the postseason table can then run the table.

Thus, we don’t see this as a case of Fisher folding the tent, but as a delicate balance between determining which players aren’t needed for the present and whether and to what extent those men can be turned into draft picks than can help secure the team’s future.

The most intriguing player who could be traded is running back Steven Jackson.  As rookie Daryl Richardson develops, and as the Rams reportedly plan to move forward without Jackson in 2013, could they move forward without him for the balance of the season, if the Rams want to give Jackson a chance to play for a contender.  And if the Rams truly believe that they’re not a contender in 2012.

We’re not so sure that they’re not.

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44 Responses to “Report: Rams shopping players for picks”
  1. suhisabeast90 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:10 AM

    Lions need to see if Jackson has enough left to swap a 3 rounder for. Sad to say 3 round, but Draft picks seem to be of very high value now days. In my mind I think thats too low, but a 30 year old RB might not get that much back.

  2. fin1fan says: Oct 21, 2012 10:14 AM

    Sure glad this guy turned down my Dolphins….throwing in the hat already with a shot at the playoffs….way to go Fisher!

  3. classactcalvin81 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:17 AM

    CBs and Lions?!?!? I’d even take SJ!!

  4. niners816 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:18 AM

    Wow, 7 weeks into the season and “they know they aren’t going to the super bowl.” Who says that? Especially since you’re 3-3 in a wide open division. I feel bad for Rams fans. Having a decent year and they are already thinking of next year..smh.

  5. realnflmaster says: Oct 21, 2012 10:22 AM

    Jackson to the JETS for a 7th rounder. Or Laurinitus for a 4th.

  6. kingpel says: Oct 21, 2012 10:25 AM

    Steven Jackson is a warhorse. I hate to see his run in St. Louis end with PFT rumor chatter.
    He deserves better.

  7. skito13 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:29 AM

    sj39 needs a offensive line to be effective. With that being said he can still roll….

  8. skito13 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:31 AM

    7th rounder for the jets team….

  9. 561bengal says: Oct 21, 2012 10:31 AM

    Jackson still has 3 years in him.

  10. grogansheroes says: Oct 21, 2012 10:36 AM

    How about Finnegan to the Pats for a 2 and a 3?

  11. kingpel says: Oct 21, 2012 10:37 AM

    classactcalvin81 says:Oct 21, 2012 10:17 AM

    CBs and Lions?!?!? I’d even take SJ!!

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    classactcalvin81, as a Ram fan I cant authorize a trade for Steven Jackson to Detroit, but we have a defensive back with a ton of upside that I think you would be interested in. Have you ever heard of Craig Dahl?

    No?

    Gooooooooooooooooood.

  12. ramdomhaus says: Oct 21, 2012 10:44 AM

    kingpel – I agree.

    niners816 – Are you that down on your team in that you’re willing to say the Rams, who have only scored 6 offensive TDs through 6 weeks, are going to overtake your D who have let up 9?

    fin1fan – that’s funny, I thought that’s what everyone was convinced the Fins were doing in 2011 for Luck.

    We knew we were planning for the future. We’re playing spoiler right now since our schedule gets mighty hard. I doubt Fish is trying to jettison players for picks, willy nilly. If the value isn’t there, he’s not going to pull the trigger. Jackson has been the heart & soul of this team and a true locker room leader. Even if we do get to a SB, he’ll effectively be done for his career by the beating he’ll take behind our shaky OL. He needs a team with excellent running OL so he can extend his career 2-3 more years.

  13. tiggerblood says: Oct 21, 2012 10:53 AM

    You know he really does. I remember when he signed his extension and said ya know things are really gonna turn around here I’m staying. Blah hahahaha sucker.

  14. emperorzero says: Oct 21, 2012 10:56 AM

    I like the Rams, but there is no way anyone can legitimately argue that they are in the same class as the Giants, Packers or 49ers. They shouldn’t “throw in the towel,” but if you can get some picks for guys who won’t be around next year and not have a major drop off in production, I would do it.

  15. christopher525 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:56 AM

    Bradford to whomever is likely to have the first pick (they’ll have to give more than just Sam, of course), so they can draft Klein as his replacement.

  16. ningenito78 says: Oct 21, 2012 11:04 AM

    Jackson to the JETS for a 7th rounder. Or Laurinitus for a 4th.

    This isn’t Madden set on ‘Stupid’ difficulty.

  17. broncosnative says: Oct 21, 2012 11:05 AM

    What a way to motivate your team fisher, 3-3 and you’re accepting anything less than a superbowl. I would be P.O as a fan to hear my team is not expecting to be contenders for the SB. You should know by now, once you’re in the post season, whatever record you had in the regular season don’t count. Every team starts at 0-0, might as well tank the season from this point, way to go fisher you ruined it.

  18. wilkisoft says: Oct 21, 2012 11:07 AM

    Oh, c’mon…don’t act like you guy think the Rams are a legitimate Superbowl contender – I don’t care how “wide open” the league is. Rather than be delusional and feed false hopes, he’s telling you fans exactly how he feels and trying to build for next year. I see no issues here.

  19. ymann19 says: Oct 21, 2012 11:08 AM

    Steven Jackson is a bum I would trade him in heartbeat. I feel sorry for anyone you trades for him!

  20. jwreck says: Oct 21, 2012 11:12 AM

    niners816 says: Oct 21, 2012 10:18 AM

    Wow, 7 weeks into the season and “they know they aren’t going to the super bowl.” Who says that? Especially since you’re 3-3 in a wide open division. I feel bad for Rams fans. Having a decent year and they are already thinking of next year..smh.
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    The fact is that the Rams are not going to the Super Bowl this year, no matter what anybody says (unless it’s Sam Bradford saying “I was bitten by a rdaioactive albatross and now I can fly the ball into the end zone on every play”).

    Even if they did, and even if they won, it would be a freak accident, they’d be the least talented Super Bowl team in the modern era, and, needless to say, a repeat would be even less likely. What Jeff Fisher is doing makes a lot of sense. He’s turning their team into a franchise, which is capable of winning Super Bowls (plural) on its own merits in real life, not just the idle speculation of PFT commenters. Ultimately, this is not only the best way to win, but also what the people of St. Louis deserve, and, possibly most importantly, the best way to keep the Rams in the city for the long haul.

    On a less serious note, who else is seriously digging Fisher’s shades in the photo? Is that just a breast cancer awareness thing or is he more of a party animal than anybody realized?

  21. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Oct 21, 2012 11:13 AM

    This team needs a lot of help regardless of a 3-3 record. This is the right move.

  22. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: Oct 21, 2012 11:13 AM

    And if they alienate the fan base, then LA becomes the rightful home for a team in “the west”.

  23. stlsteelerfan says: Oct 21, 2012 11:15 AM

    Realnflmaster: Your post shows you misnamed yourself.
    Laurinitus for a 4th round pick? He’s one of the Rams’ bright spots, and still very young. Why would they ever give him up for a mid round pick??

  24. fatnick03 says: Oct 21, 2012 11:18 AM

    I know the Ravens could use some help at CB

  25. buffalosaint says: Oct 21, 2012 11:29 AM

    The Rams are going to be really good in a few years.

  26. cjrams21 says: Oct 21, 2012 11:35 AM

    The Rams arent throwing away the season,there enhancing the team for now and also next season and so on

  27. hatesycophants says: Oct 21, 2012 11:35 AM

    Also, I picked the Rams to stomp the Packers today.

    Enjoy!

  28. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 21, 2012 11:39 AM

    @suhisabeast90

    That is a horrible idea. Why on earch would we need Steven Jackson? Ever heard of Mikel LeShoure? Ya, thats OUR running back. And YOUNG running back.

    We need a new Center and RG to improve the Lions running game, NOT another running back.

    Good Lord, whats it gonna take for fans to understand this?

  29. btwicey says: Oct 21, 2012 11:45 AM

    Poor fans

  30. bkh405 says: Oct 21, 2012 11:48 AM

    They are 2-0 in the division, which is incredible. and really should be looking at 4-2 since they were jobbed week 1 at Detroit.
    Loving this young team, but no they won’t be SB bound this year. I’ll continue to cheer for whoever plays the Redskins and hope they add a few more blue chips next year. The future is looking bright.

  31. pftstory says: Oct 21, 2012 11:57 AM

    If the Rams slip into the playoffs the Rams are not the Giants or the Packers. Jackson is not worth a high draft pick, not a 3rd. Its a world of part time backs and its never been a world where you bank on 30 year old backs. We all can rattle of lists of guys who fell off the cliff. He’s also not there next year. Rchardson will be there next year. So it makes sense to see what they have in him.
    So who besides Detriot has a decent RB but does not have the second guy, AND is and a team that Could win this year? Pitt? Cincy (maybe same boat as Rams)? Packers?
    Someone that does not need him to pound it every play for 2 or 3 years but splits time with that teams back of the future.

  32. joetoronto says: Oct 21, 2012 11:58 AM

    niners816 says:
    Oct 21, 2012 10:18 AM
    Wow, 7 weeks into the season and “they know they aren’t going to the super bowl.” Who says that? Especially since you’re 3-3 in a wide open division. I feel bad for Rams fans. Having a decent year and they are already thinking of next year..smh.
    ***************************************************

    Please point out where anyone from the Rams said that, I must have missed it.

    SMH.

  33. beavertonsteve says: Oct 21, 2012 12:00 PM

    I’m guessing those of you commenting that Fisher is letting the team down or alienating the fan base aren’t actually following the Rams. Fisher has the youngest team in the NFL competing every week. The fans and players are excited that the team isn’t getting beat 32 – 3 by every team in the NFC West. This team is a questionable call and a missed FG away from possibly being 5-1 which is nuts.

    The team has shown a lot of loyalty towards Steven Jackson. IF he is being shopped I’m guessing they talked to him about it beforehand. He can be a free agent after this year and he if he had a chance to go to a legitimate contender he might be willing to accept a trade.

    I also wonder if the Rams might be more interested in young players than picks. They need a lot of help on O-Line and at WR just to make it through this season.

  34. mikewhorio says: Oct 21, 2012 12:06 PM

    A 29 year old RB won’t command more than a 5th round pick in today’s NFL. Jackson might only be the third best RB on that team right now. Most of their other players worth owning are young so I don’t see them parting with any of them.

    Nothing to see here…

  35. therealtrenches says: Oct 21, 2012 12:11 PM

    Can s-Jax play o-line for the Eagles?

  36. jacobslatter says: Oct 21, 2012 12:37 PM

    The Falcons should trade a low round pick for guard Harvey Dahl, his re-acquisition could help solidify the shaky right side of the Falcons line with C Todd McClure & RT Tyson Clabo effing up in recent weeks. The dude can bring back the angst. And the Rams can unload an aging expensive player. The current RG seems to be okay now but could revert to last years suckiness.

  37. niners816 says: Oct 21, 2012 1:08 PM

    @joetoronto

    You’re a Raiders fan. I rest my case.

  38. realfann says: Oct 21, 2012 3:41 PM

    Hey PFT, how did that Rams vs Dolphins game of the week work out for you?

    Anyone who knows anything about football will tell you this Rams team has about much chance of going to the playoffs as Florio has of jumping to earth from outer space.

  39. John Brunett says: Oct 21, 2012 10:25 PM

    If the Rams are shopping SJax, the Packers, Lions, Falcons, and Jets are the only competitive teams that could use a RB. The Jets have an edge because theyre out of conference.

    Sure, SJax is old by RB standards–but cmon the guy is NOT the standard RB. He’s an absolute beast. If I ran the Packers, I would think about trading a third rounder to see three years of a Rodgers/Jackson backfield. An elite QB certainly extends a RB’s career… yikes the more I think about it, that would be one scary duo.

  40. thastach28 says: Oct 23, 2012 9:52 AM

    We should trade Steven Jackson and a 2nd round pick for Tim Tebow and Santonio Holmes. With Holmes out for year it devalues his trade value. The Jets should take it Bc Holmes it out for the year and has also been a headache for them in the past (where as Fisher likes players with attitude) and they could end all their Tebow drama(since Sanchez has been playing better no need for them to feed a qb battle when there isn’t one) and SJax will help them alot(since Ryan loves pounding the ball) and a early draft pick could help them add good depth which is needed. The rams (having so many draft picks) can afford to give one away and they will have a true #1 receiver for next season and they can run the wildcat with Tebow. (There were reports of The Rams wanting to make a deal for Tebow if the Jets and Broncos deal fell through.) I know it says we are the ones trying to trade the players for picks but still a trade for someone like Sanatonio will help us a lot more than a mid round pick.

  41. thastach28 says: Oct 23, 2012 10:19 AM

    All you ppl talking Fisher is giving up, throwing in the towel and how y’all feel bad for the fans. Really? Ask your self this for your team would u want a coach that yells championship every year and claims the team is in good position when it is obviously flawed or for a coach to be real with you? Anyone who has watched the Rams this year see a lot of improvement but still aren’t a SB caliber team. The games they won have been sloppy and the games they lost have been sloppier. The 2 SB contending teams we played so far (Chicago and Green Bay) both won rather easily, although the defense kept the scores closer than what it actually was. Fisher is simply acknowledging the fact that we are not there yet. You may be able to build a champion through free agency and trade but you build a franchise through the draft.

  42. dan4rams says: Oct 24, 2012 10:53 PM

    Steven Jackson is the Rams has been for quite awhile. If he should want to retire a Ram. Then he and Jeff Fisher will be happy to make that happen. If I were Jeff Fisher, I’d trade Bradford to Kansas City for a high draft pick. I think more highly of Austin Davis, he is as accurate and has much more mobility with more tenacity. The Rams could then have another 2nd round pick. Plus if Jackson decided to want to go anywhere else. Then the Packers, would be my first choice. Then another 2nd rounder or more could be there. The Rams could also gain the Kansas City wide receiver wanting to leave to another team in need of his talents. Giving up Harvey Dlahl would not be a good trade unless it was for at least 2 early round picks maybe 49ers.

  43. dan4rams says: Oct 24, 2012 11:07 PM

    The Rams are not going to the Super Bowl this year. It was widely known, from the beginning when he took over. He knew there was going to be a rebuilding period here. He and the whole team from top to bottom knew that. So, making moves for the future of this team and moving pieces around to make that turn around shouldn’t be unexpected. He’s (Jeff Fisher) is fully aware of how to build this team inside out. Trading anyone for any player to help this team isn’t regarded as throwing in the towel. Jeff isn’t an idiot. He will make this team as competitive as he can. He is well aware of its strengths and weaknesses. I do trust his decision making, this whole idea of trading for more picks maybe just what he thinks will help. Go RAMS..

  44. broncosnative says: Oct 25, 2012 1:48 AM

    broncosnative says: Oct 21, 2012 11:05 AM

    What a way to motivate your team fisher, 3-3 and you’re accepting anything less than a superbowl. I would be P.O as a fan to hear my team is not expecting to be contenders for the SB. You should know by now, once you’re in the post season, whatever record you had in the regular season don’t count. Every team starts at 0-0, might as well tank the season from this point, way to go fisher you ruined it.
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    Damn! I would like to know what I said wrong? Not bashing on the rams, just don’t agree with fisher and his statement. Shouldn’t any team go into a season expecting to be contenders for the SB? Both SB the giants won recently, nobody had them in contention but you know what, they proved everybody wrong.

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