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Splat
03-08-2007, 01:15 PM
http://www.stlouisrams.com/

The Rams have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with former Miami tight end Randy McMichael. Last season, he was second on the Dolphins in receptions (62), fourth in receiving yards (640) and third in receiving touchdowns (3).

ccB
03-08-2007, 01:17 PM
I guess they are not too big on Klopestein and Byrd huh.

Non_Sequitur
03-08-2007, 01:18 PM
Hope women don't mind being slapped around a little in St. Louis... :thumbsup:

bearsfan_51
03-08-2007, 01:18 PM
Makes sense in that he worked with Linehan, that being said it's pretty odd considering they spent two first days picks on TEs as Charm pointed out.

SFbear
03-08-2007, 01:19 PM
I guess they are not too big on Klopestein and Byrd huh.

Im really glad the Bears didnt draft a TE last year.

Ward
03-08-2007, 01:19 PM
Yeah I don't get it, does this mean it's the end for Byrd but they plan on running a two TE set with Klopfenstein?

Flyboy
03-08-2007, 01:21 PM
I feel kinda dumb for going against HawkeyeFan (http://nfldraftcountdown.com/forum/member.php?u=636) now stating that it would be dumb for the Rams to address their TE position when they spent two first day picks on TEs this past draft.

GSOT
03-08-2007, 01:23 PM
Good move just another piece added to our new and improved deadly offense but does Linehan realise there is only one ball allowed in play at any one time?....how the hell is he gonna share the ball around all of these players, one thing is for sure, i would not pick any Rams WR or TE to be on your fantasy team this year:

Jackson
Holt
Bruce
Bennett
McMichael
Klop


Also, as a rams fan, i cant help but think....why did we sign both Bennett and McMike....when what we really need is help on D...or do we plan on using all the 7 rounds worth of picks on D?


Also does this mean Byrd will be cut?

bigmac076
03-08-2007, 01:23 PM
I feel kinda dumb for going against HawkeyeFan (http://nfldraftcountdown.com/forum/member.php?u=636) now stating that it would be dumb for the Rams to address their TE position when they spent two first day picks on TEs this past draft.
what a strange signing. They got him for dirt cheap though.

Non_Sequitur
03-08-2007, 01:23 PM
I feel kinda dumb for going against HawkeyeFan (http://nfldraftcountdown.com/forum/member.php?u=636) now stating that it would be dumb for the Rams to address their TE position when they spent two first day picks on TEs this past draft.


It's never dumb to address a position of need, no matter how many high picks you've spent on it. Just look at the Lions. When they needed a WR did they say "But we drafted Charles Rogers" ? NO! They stared critics in the face and drafted Mike Williams!

Flyboy
03-08-2007, 01:26 PM
It's never dumb to address a position of need, no matter how many high picks you've spent on it. Just look at the Lions. When they needed a WR did they say "But we drafted Charles Rogers" ? NO! They stared critics in the face and drafted Mike Williams!

Actually, they drafted Roy Williams... then Mike Williams.

Non_Sequitur
03-08-2007, 01:32 PM
Actually, they drafted Roy Williams... then Mike Williams.

Yeah, that was the next year though, so it doesn't count.

Plus I was obviously mocking the situation as a joke, but way to take it literally. Nice job.

Don Vito
03-08-2007, 01:38 PM
Yeah, that was the next year though, so it doesn't count.

Plus I was obviously mocking the situation as a joke, but way to take it literally. Nice job.

No, it was not the next year. It went C. Rogers, R. Williams, M. Williams...

Splat
03-08-2007, 01:40 PM
Good move just another piece added to our new and improved deadly offense but does Linehan realise there is only one ball allowed in play at any one time?....how the hell is he gonna share the ball around all of these players, one thing is for sure, i would not pick any Rams WR or TE to be on your fantasy team this year:

Jackson
Holt
Bruce
Bennett
McMichael
Klop


Also, as a rams fan, i cant help but think....why did we sign both Bennett and McMike....when what we really need is help on D...or do we plan on using all the 7 rounds worth of picks on D?


Also does this mean Byrd will be cut?

I don't understand why Bennett went to the Rams he could be a #2 or #1 on some teams he will just be a 3rd there?

Non_Sequitur
03-08-2007, 01:41 PM
No, it was not the next year. It went C. Rogers, R. Williams, M. Williams...

Which is what I just said smart guy. I mean, I understand how you were confused, so it's ok. I forgive you.

Flyboy
03-08-2007, 01:43 PM
Yeah, that was the next year though, so it doesn't count.

Plus I was obviously mocking the situation as a joke, but way to take it literally. Nice job.

If you're going for a joke at least get the facts correct beforehand, though. It's only courtesy.

DeathbyStat
03-08-2007, 01:43 PM
He could ride around will leonard little and kill defenseless woman with a car.

GSOT
03-08-2007, 01:44 PM
I don't understand why Bennett went to the Rams he could be a #2 or #1 on some teams he will just be a 3rd there?

Too be honest, me neither....possibly it was the money, but i would have thought he could have got the same money somewhere else and still been a 1 or 2....now he is a number 3 on an offense that is LOADED with talent, so it is likely he will not see much of the ball at all. It is also weird that he only visted teh rams and nobody else, and he signed with us that morning, with no thoughts of going else where....he must think we are a team on the rise.

Flyboy
03-08-2007, 01:45 PM
Too be honest, me neither....possibly it was the money, but i would have thought he could have got the same money somewhere else and still been a 1 or 2....now he is a number 3 on an offense that is LOADED with talent, so it is likely he will not see much of the ball at all. It is also weird that he only visted teh rams and nobody else, and he signed with us that morning, with no thoughts of going else where....he must think we are a team on the rise.

I think I good fit for Bennett would have been Kansas City.

Non_Sequitur
03-08-2007, 01:46 PM
If you're going for a joke at least get the facts correct beforehand, though. It's only courtesy.



Had my facts, thanks.



You guys really know how to have fun around here. I bet everyone loves having yall at a party.

GSOT
03-08-2007, 01:47 PM
I think I good fit for Bennett would have been Kansas City.

Yeah i agree, that probably would have been. If not KC, then possibly Minnesota.

Flyboy
03-08-2007, 01:49 PM
Had my facts, thanks.


When they needed a WR did they say "But we drafted Charles Rogers" ? NO! They stared critics in the face and drafted Mike Williams!

You did? My mistake.

toonsterwu
03-08-2007, 01:50 PM
I think I like this move ... depending on the money structure. They would like to run 2 TE sets, and Byrd's issues have clouded up the situation there (albeit, it's not as McMichael is a great guy off the field). I think Bennett signed because the money the Rams were offering was ahead of what other teams were willing to committ. I think I read something like that.

Either way, that offense is loaded, and they are getting younger on the OL as well. They've made some smart additions this offseason, as James Hall was a good pickup. This allows them to be aggressive in targeting their defensive needs up front at DT. I think there's a chance a DT falls to them, but now, they can be more aggressive in moving up.

Non_Sequitur
03-08-2007, 01:50 PM
You did? My mistake.


Sure did, and thanks for admitting it. What a big boy you've grown to be.

Flyboy
03-08-2007, 01:52 PM
Either way, that offense is loaded, and they are getting younger on the OL as well. They've made some smart additions this offseason, as James Hall was a good pickup. This allows them to be aggressive in targeting their defensive needs up front at DT. I think there's a chance a DT falls to them, but now, they can be more aggressive in moving up.

I feel that Tank Tyler or Okoye would be a good fit. But, they could move up and get Alan Branch if they wanted to.

Non_Sequitur
03-08-2007, 01:54 PM
I feel that Tank Tyler or Okoye would be a good fit. But, they could move up and get Alan Branch if they wanted to.

Okoye especially, I agree.

Then again, I'm sort of an Okoye nut. He'd fit well on pretty much any team.

TheChampIsHere
03-08-2007, 02:10 PM
Why Dont The Raiders Sign A Te????

NGSeiler
03-08-2007, 02:43 PM
I have mixed feelings about this signing. On one hand, the Rams are adding a talented player at a position that Scott Linehan has a history of using quite a bit in previous jobs as an offensive coordinator. McMichael should start over Klopfenstein but I anticipate a continued use of two tight end sets. On the other hand, the timing of this is strange. Dominique Byrd just recently had another run in with the law, and it's not as if the Rams are making a statement about not tolerating off the field issues by signing McMichael since he doesn't exactly have a squeaky clean record himself. It's a three year deal though, so it's not like the Rams are married to Randy long-term if he can't behave himself.

diabsoule
03-08-2007, 03:31 PM
I don't understand this signing. It would be a terrific signing if they had not already invested two first day picks in TE's, as Charm and bf_51 have already pointed out. Now, I don't know what they are going to do with three TE's.

BlindSite
03-08-2007, 03:31 PM
Its an interesting signing, but its a wasted one. Sure he'll be used and he'll contribute, but you can't tell me he's worth more than one of the FA DEs or DBs out there.

toonsterwu
03-08-2007, 03:35 PM
Its an interesting signing, but its a wasted one. Sure he'll be used and he'll contribute, but you can't tell me he's worth more than one of the FA DEs or DBs out there.

No, he's not worth more than one of the FA DE's out there, but that's why they decided to spend a pick and deal for James Hall instead, as they felt that his contract was worth it, because they felt that Hall on the open market would gain more. And while I think they could use another DB, it isn't a big need for them to warrant FA spending. And at the end of the day, guys are paid based upon how teams judge their values, and the Rams didn't have the needs at DE and DB to make it necessary to spend the big bucks on marginal free agent talent. I don't know how their cap breaks down, but I'm assuming they have things in order, and if that's the case, and they can afford this, then it's a fine move if they are willing to pay it. This gives them a lot of draft flexibility, with DT arguably as their only big need, allowing them to be aggressive in pushing up for one if they fear one won't get to their spot.

Shiver
03-08-2007, 03:57 PM
The Rams will be able to score on anybody. Now to address that pathetic defense in the draft...

NGSeiler
03-08-2007, 04:08 PM
I don't understand this signing. It would be a terrific signing if they had not already invested two first day picks in TE's, as Charm and bf_51 have already pointed out. Now, I don't know what they are going to do with three TE's.

Second round pick Joe Klopfenstein isn't going anywhere. The Rams tried to use more two tight ends sets in 2006 and should continue in 2007 with McMichael and Klopfenstein. Dominique Byrd (93rd overall in 2006) and Aaron Walker will compete for the third tight end spot, assuming Byrd's future isn't already sealed with his recent DUI arrest.

Plus, the contract the Rams signed McMichael to is hardly a big one. Three years, $11 million total with a $3 million signing bonus. It's structured well, so the Rams aren't married to Randy for the long-term.

toonsterwu
03-08-2007, 04:11 PM
Second round pick Joe Klopfenstein isn't going anywhere. The Rams tried to use more two tight ends sets in 2006 and should continue in 2007 with McMichael and Klopfenstein. Dominique Byrd (93rd overall in 2006) and Aaron Walker will compete for the third tight end spot, assuming Byrd's future isn't already sealed with his recent DUI arrest.

Plus, the contract the Rams signed McMichael to is hardly a big one. Three years, $11 million total with a $3 million signing bonus. It's structured well, so the Rams aren't married to Randy for the long-term.

If it's structured well (mainly, bulk of money in later years), then I'd say this is nothing short of a brilliant move by the Rams. Shores up an offensive area (after all, neither Byrd nor Klopfenstein would likely put up McMichael type production next year), doesn't overcommitt money, allows them to cut the cord with McMichael if Klopfenstein really develops, but even if they keep McMichael, the money likely wouldn't be too much. It'd be a superb move ... and considering how it frees up their draft, they really would have had one of the better offseasons (Hall, Bennett, McMichael - filling key needs and freeing up draft options).

Vikes99ej
03-08-2007, 04:18 PM
Where's Hawkeyefan now? He was always complaining how the Rams weren't doing anything.

princefielder28
03-08-2007, 04:20 PM
I'm very suprised by this, so much for the two picks from last year

Flyboy
03-08-2007, 04:20 PM
The Rams will be able to score on anybody. Now to address that pathetic defense in the draft...

Sounds very similar to the Saints... hm.

GSOT
03-08-2007, 04:28 PM
Greatest Show On Turf 2? ;)

etk
03-08-2007, 04:29 PM
Linehan sure loves his Tight Ends. Are they gonna cut Byrd now or what? Maybe they should try addressing the defense......

etk
03-08-2007, 04:30 PM
Where's Hawkeyefan now? He was always complaining how the Rams weren't doing anything.

He will complain more now that they wasted money on a TE that can't catch when they need to fix the D.

bored of education
03-08-2007, 04:52 PM
I like it. Bruce will belimited to about 50-60 receptions 2 tds. Bennett might be good red zone threat that may open up naturally or open up more for TE or Holt. Bennett Bruce get about 60 receptions apiece, 7-8 TDs total, Randy gets about 40 receptions, 4 tds. Holt 100 receptions, 12 tds.

I think its big moves for them, pick up a DT or ILB first round Willis, Okoye, Branch.

Love it for them.

The Amaradillo will take the reigns as 3rd best RB in the NFL. 2000 total yards 15 tds.

Bulger must under rated QB, top 5 in the NFL.

etk
03-08-2007, 04:54 PM
I like it. Bruce will belimited to about 50-60 receptions 2 tds. Bennett might be good red zone threat that may open up naturally or open up more for TE or Holt. Bennett Bruce get about 60 receptions apiece, 7-8 TDs total, Randy gets about 40 receptions, 4 tds. Holt 100 receptions, 12 tds.

I think its big moves for them, pick up a DT or ILB first round Willis, Okoye, Branch.

Love it for them.

The Amaradillo will take the reigns as 3rd best RB in the NFL. 2000 total yards 15 tds.

Bulger must under rated QB, top 5 in the NFL.

Those are pretty optimistic numbers assuming you aren't being sarcastic. I don't think a team could possibly have enough plays to rack up those stats, especially with a miserable defense.

Ace
03-08-2007, 05:56 PM
That Rams offense will be very scary with having Bruce, Holt, Bennett, McMike and Jackson.

For Rams fans, get used to his bad blocking and dropping alot of catchable balls. You will love him sometimes and you can just hate the guy sometimes too.

Sveen
03-08-2007, 06:03 PM
Good signing. Was hoping we would sign him, but Johnson is good too :)

HawkeyeFan
03-08-2007, 07:17 PM
I love the signing. Of course I wish we'd work on defense but we signed him at alot cheaper than expected and he's a potential Pro Bowl Tight End especially in the NFC.

As long as the Rams sign Deon Grant I'll be happy :)

toonsterwu
03-08-2007, 07:35 PM
You expect them to make a move for a starting safety? I don't see it. I think Adam Schefter said the Seahawks were close to signing Grant, btw. Atogwe looked promising enough to warrant another year as a starter, and Chavous likely isn't getting replaced. Johnson adds depth, where there were already some options. The problem with addressing defense was that the talent crop this year was quite thin. There really wasn't much on the DL. I think the addition of Hall was a good move, considering how much he potentially could've gotten as a FA had he been cut. DT talent was just iffy on the market, but they could still end up pursuing guys like Alfonso Boone or Ian Scott, to name a couple, now that the market has settled down (not that I've heard anything). Dunno, it seems they went it thinking "Offense in FA, Defense in the draft" ... and they are well positioned to address their defensive needs, and can be more aggressive now.

HawkeyeFan
03-08-2007, 07:40 PM
Atogwe is a FS, and Chavous is going to need to be replaced soon. Carter as much as I love him won't ever be a starting NFL Strong Safety. Thats why I wish the Rams would go after Deon Grant or Ken Hamlin, either of them can play Strong Safety, as can Mike Doss.

And I'm well aware that Randy McMichael has a few drops here and there, he's a playmaker though and thats what we need.

Stash
03-08-2007, 08:21 PM
I don't understand why they would get McMichael and plan on using 2 TE's when they just picked up Bennet who would only be on the field in 3 WR sets. Either Klopfensteinwhatever is gonna be on the bench most of the time or the Rams are re-tarded.

etk
03-08-2007, 08:26 PM
I don't understand why they would get McMichael and plan on using 2 TE's when they just picked up Bennet who would only be on the field in 3 WR sets. Either Klopfensteinwhatever is gonna be on the bench most of the time or the Rams are re-tarded.

Maybe because Bruce will be the 3 WR set guy, and it's the Rams, all they ever care about is offense. Same old horrible GM all these years, unless I am mistaken and he has been replaced already like he should have.

PalmerToCJ
03-08-2007, 08:38 PM
I feel kinda dumb for going against HawkeyeFan (http://nfldraftcountdown.com/forum/member.php?u=636) now stating that it would be dumb for the Rams to address their TE position when they spent two first day picks on TEs this past draft.

Haha the second I saw this post I remembered him wanting McMichael and I doubted it happening too... Go figure.

NGSeiler
03-08-2007, 08:51 PM
Maybe because Bruce will be the 3 WR set guy

Doesn't look like it. Bennett is the #3 guy for the time being, and will likely work his way into the starting line-up as Bruce calls it a career.

Caddy
03-08-2007, 10:16 PM
So much for developing your rookies

yodabear
03-08-2007, 11:07 PM
We are gonna lose every game on a last second field goal still.

freebirdsrams02
03-08-2007, 11:24 PM
I like the signing and I am sure Marc Bulger is loving this off season. A lot more weapons to choose from and the Rams will be able to rotate guys and use a lot of differnet sets to play with the defense's minds. They will be able to stay fresh and play 4 qtrs.

The Rams are having a good off-season so far. Now we need to have a good draft so we can keep it going.

GSOT
03-09-2007, 04:58 AM
So we wasted our 2nd round pick last year....and Klop will now never get the chance he deserves...great.