NFC West Notes: Rams, Los Angeles, Cardinals

By making an advance move to plant his flag in Los Angeles, Rams owner Stan Kroenke will mobilize the opposition, writes Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Chargers benefit from their proximity to Los Angeles and another team coming into that territory will take away from their bottom line. By firing the opening salvo, Kroenke is putting the Chargers on high alert. Beyond that, other owners are unhappy with his move to jump the line towards L.A. and with 24 votes needed to approve a relocation, he might have put himself behind the 8 ball. Here’s more out of the NFC West..

  • Darren Urban of looks at the Cardinals‘ roster heading into the offseason and the team’s potential free agents. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly sounds intent on signing a one-year deal, whether it’s with Arizona or another club. Linebacker Larry Foote, meanwhile, is considering retirement.
  • However, Urban writes that he is more focused on the Cardinals‘ free agent class following the 2015 season. Among those scheduled to be up after ’15: defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, quarterback Drew Stanton, wide receiver Michael Floyd, defensive end Frostee Rucker, and many more key players. GM Steve Keim will work to extend many of those players, but that could still signal an offseason of significant change in Arizona.
  • The Rams also have a number of key free agent decisions to make and Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch breaks it all down.
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