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Rams' latest move doesn't make picking Sam Bradford automatic



You might have seen a blurb or two today about the Rams getting ready to sign free-agent defensive tackle Fred Robbins to a sizable three-year contract that could max out at $12 million. And you might have assumed that says something about the Rams' intentions on draft day.

And if you're getting the urge to get excited, this is where you should stop.

Don't go assuming this is some sort of hint about what St. Louis is going to do with its top overall pick next month. For Bucs fans who are hoping with all their might to land one of the top two defensive tackles available, you'd probably like to think this is the best indication yet that St. Louis is going to draft a quarterback, likely Sam Bradford.

There's a good chance they'll do that, but I don't know that I'm convinced this makes it any more likely. For one, this contract appears to have a good bit of incentives built in, meaning it might not be as big an investment as it seems. Furthermore, Robbins turns 33 later this month, which hardly makes him the long-term solution to the Rams' defensive woes.

If the Rams select Bradford, it'll be solely because they believe choosing a quarterback is the fastest way to get back on track. Otherwise, they'll probably go with one of the two most proven players on the board who everyone agrees can have instant impact.

But I'll concede this much: The acquisition of Robbins does at least give the Rams the option to go with a quarterback at No. 1 rather than Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy. In other words, they could at least justify the decision not to address their terrible defense because they would have a fallback plan. But this by no means solidifies the decision to go with a quarterback.

Whatever happens, the answer -- unfortunately for the Bucs -- probably won't become clear until draft day.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:56pm]


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