The Jets and Rams decided to swap disappointing right tackles, according to multiple reports. Jason Smith, the second overall pick in the 2009 draft, heads to New York while Wayne Hunter goes to St. Louis.
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In the end, I really feel bad for the fans over in St. Louis. This offseason, the Rams have acquired Brian Schottenheimer, Matthew Mulligan, Vernon Gholston, and Wayne Hunter. Quite literally, all of our worst players. Hopefully Smith isn't as worthless and hopefully lives up to his first round draft choice. One can dream.
The St. Louis Rams and New York Jets shook up their respective tackle positions when they swapped former No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith for the recently benched Wayne Hunter. The two players had been statistically two of the least impressive tackles in the league in 2011.
On the surface, this is not a good deal at all for the Rams. Smith was improving his play under offensive line coach Paul Boudreau. Hunter and Richardson were two of the worst tackles in the league last season. Hunter had already been benched for the Jets after allowing constant pressure on their quarterbacks.
The Rams are doubling down on their commitment to Richardson as a starter, a potentially risky move given that their season rests on the shoulders of a quarterback struggling with pressure.
The Rams did save some cap space by making the trade, opening up about 1.5 million dollars.