After coming up empty in attempts to land more highly regarded wide receivers in free agency, the Rams took a roll of the dice last week in signing Steve Smith.
"First off, he's a very first-class young man," coach Jeff Fisher said. "Overcame a difficult situation with his knee. The guy had an extraordinary workout, and has a chance to get back where he was in 2009."
"Now, he had a significant injury," Rams general manager Les Snead said. "What we said is that it's a risk worth taking because usually an injury like that takes a year" to overcome.
"From a knee standpoint, he looked well," Snead said. "I think going through an offseason conditioning program will get him back in shape. And the guy is a very smart football player, intelligent football player. (He) loves the game, (is) passionate about reviving his career. That's why we did it."