St. Louis has questions looming at quarterback

Time is coming for St. Louis to rectify some of the quarterback mistakes it has made in recent years.

For starters, it cut former NFL MVP Kurt Warner, the face of the franchise, who has gone on to star in Arizona, where the Cardinals are poised to the clinch the NFC West title Sunday against St. Louis.

The Rams also traded the 11th overall pick in the 2006 draft to Denver, which used it on Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler. The Rams, in turn, drafted Clemson cornerback Tye Hill.

Then last off-season, St. Louis drafted defensive end Chris Long one slot ahead of where Atlanta took Matt Ryan and 16 slots ahead of where Baltimore took Joe Flacco. Of course last spring the Rams felt financially handcuffed.

Just before last season, the Rams invested $65 million in quarterback Marc Bulger. Yet the Rams easily can divorce themselves from Bulger’s contract, which calls for him to make a $6.5 million base salary while having an $8.5 million salary-cap number next season.

If the Rams were to trade Bulger, he would count $8 million against their salary cap next season. But as it is, Bulger already is scheduled to count $8.5 million, so trading him actually would turn out to be a nearly cap-neutral deal. If the Rams were ever going to make a move on Bulger, this off-season would be an ideal time to do it.

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