With the news coming through via Pro Football Weekly that wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker is now a St. Louis Ram, it’s clear that the two Missouri teams with over $30 million each to spend are taking two different paths — at least in the early going of free agency. And while that was to be expected, at least that Scott Pioli would take his time, it doesn’t make it any easier to sit and watch other teams fill holes on the roster.
Sims-Walker is the latest signing to give Sam Bradford another target after a surprisingly successful rookie season with hardly any wideouts to speak of. Some unknowns began to step out, but Mike Sims-Walker definitely helps fill a role, especially in the red zone, where MSW has caught 14 touchdowns in the last two seasons.
Already the Rams have signed Quintin Mikell, the top rated safety in the free agent class. He’s a great tackler and someone who will impact the defense from the first day. In addition, the Rams also signed one of the top interior linemen available in Harvey Dahl, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, to a big contract to help round out their offensive line to protect Bradford.
Both teams still have holes to fill, but it seems that one is cementing more deals than another, which leaves one fan base a bit more optimistic at this point. Both franchises feature young teams with promise in divisions that are definitely weaker than others. The Rams are just seizing the opportunity given in the first few days more than the Chiefs.