For the third straight offseason, the St. Louis Rams will be looking to find a running back to pair with Steven Jackson, writes Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
After having Kenneth Darby serve as the No. 2 back behind Jackson in 2009 and 2010, the Rams signed veterans Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood to one-year deals at the veteran minimum after the lockout.
Williams started one game in place of an injured Jackson and had 361 yards and one touchdown in 12 games. Norwood played in nine games and had 61 yards on 25 carries, but did average 25.5 yards on 24 kick returns. Both Williams and Norwood will be unrestricted free agents in March and the Rams could look to the draft to add depth behind Jackson, who turns 29 in July.
One possibility is University of Washington running back Chris Polk, who is projected to be draft in the late first/early second round area. The 5-foot-11, 222-pound Polk earned first-team All-Pac 12 honors in 2011 after running for 1,488 yards and 12 touchdowns. Over his 40-game career with the Huskies, Polk ran for 4,049 yards, the second-most total in school history, and 26 touchdowns. Polk added 79 receptions for 683 yards out of the backfield.
Polk shares the same agent (Steve Caric) as Jackson and would open to joining him in the Rams' backfield.
"No, it wouldn't," Polk said of the Rams not being a bad place for him to play. "I'm actually going to work with him, too. I'm looking forward to making that happen."