With Sam Bradford injured, Rams to tryout free agent QBs

Jared Wickerham

The Rams will search the free agent market for some quarterback depth, but they may not find much out there.

Now that the Rams have confirmed quarterback Sam Bradford will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL, the question shifts to where will St. Louis go from here. Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens will take over for Bradford in the starting lineup, but he's currently the only healthy quarterback on the roster.

St. Louis is expected to bring in a few free agent quarterbacks for tryouts this week, although there aren't many confidence-inspiring options. To make the situation even more complicated, the Rams have $258,000 in available salary cap space, according to Ian Rapoport. They will need to restructure a contract or make a roster move to free up space before signing another quarterback.

Possible veteran additions

St. Louis will likely bring in several veteran free agents for a workout. After being released by the Jets on Monday, Brady Quinn is scheduled to be in St. Louis for a workout on Tuesday, according to Rapoport. Quinn may be the best available free agent and could provide an extra benefit this week. He spent training camp with Seattle who the Rams will host on Monday Night Football. According to Rapoport, Tyler Thigpen will also work out for St. Louis on Tuesday.

John Skelton is scheduled to work out with Houston on Tuesday, but he could also be an option in St. Louis. Matt Leinart, David Carr, Byron Leftwich and Trent Edwards are among the other veteran free agents who could get a look with the Rams. Of the list, Only Quinn has been on an active roster during the regular season this year.

Younger options

With their limited salary cap space, the Rams could opt for a younger and less expensive addition. As Turf Show Times pointed out, Austin Davis would be a logical fit. Davis signed with St. Louis as an undrafted free agent last season and was released during final cuts this year. His familiarity with the offense would provide for a quick transition. Davis spent time on the Dolphins' practice squad this year and is scheduled to work out for Houston on Tuesday.

There are several quarterbacks on practice squads around the NFL including Matt Scott in Jacksonville, Tyler Wilson in Oakland and Chandler Harnish in Indianapolis. Turf Show Times mentions Greg McElroy as another possibility. He's currently on Cincinnati's practice squad as has both NFL regular season experience and some familiarity with Brian Schottenheimer's offense.

Not going to happen

Tim Tebow's name was briefly floated as a possibility in St. Louis, but those rumors have since been shot down. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported the Rams are not interested in Tebow or Vince Young. Young has a somewhat tumultuous history with Rams head coach Jeff Fisher from when they were both in Tennessee.

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