Originally Posted by Boss-Hog
Though it wasn't long term, Rudi was under contract through the 2004 season.
My point has always been that they should have signed him after 2003 or let him go after 2004. While a franchise record breaking 2004 season certainly helped the team on the field in 2004, it also meant paying more than they would have after a very productive 2003 season and wasting a first round pick on an insurance policy (and clearly not the highest rated RB available at that time).
I agree with that notion.
But my thoughts then and now about Perry was that the boneheads in the FO were duped in that draft. I think that they felt Steven Jackson was the pick however the Rams offered what seemed like a sweetheart deal. They had to be thinking (at least I was) that with the offense that St. Louis ran at the time and Marshall Faulk in rapid decline, that Perry was the ideal back for the Rams. Sure he had his issues as did Jackson (lots of carries on that body) but he was the perfect fit or so it seemed. They probably felt that they were still going to be able to choose Jackson and worst case scenario they could fallback to Perry or Jones (who said later that they told him they were gonna pick him) if they indeed were wrong.
Just a thought but it adds up IMO. I'll also add this, I was so psyched when Jackson fell to us and so disgusted when we ended up with Perry (the one guy I didn't want at our pick) that I actually made myself physically sick for the rest of the day about what could have been. I wanted Jackson and then Gamble as plan B., Perry well he was not plan C. he was the character at the end of the Chinese Alphabet, whatever that is.