GREEN BAY – Ex-Green Bay Packers center Scott Wells told reporters in St. Louis on Monday that his former team “was definitely a player” for his services before he came to terms on his four-year, $24 million deal ($13 million guaranteed) with the Rams Friday evening.
Whether that was actually the case, and the Packers had any opportunity to match the Rams' offer, is unclear.
Speaking in a conference call with reporters who regularly cover the Rams, Wells said the reason he chose the Rams, who are rebuilding and last had a winning record in 2003, over the Packers, who went 15-1 last year, was new Rams coach Jeff Fisher. When Fisher took the Tennessee Titans to the Super Bowl in 1999, Wells was playing high-school player football just outside of Nashville.
"Green Bay was definitely a player and that was a tough decision," Wells said. "But in the end I feel like St. Louis is the best fit for me right now. I think Coach Fisher is going to step in and do an outstanding job."
Wells mentioned his respect for Fisher several times during the conference call, and claimed the team’s 2-14 record last year was not a concern for him.
"I haven't really thought about that part, I'm just excited about where it's going," Wells said. "I don't think it's important necessarily where the team has been in the past. They have a new coaching staff, they've got some new players and I'm excited to be a part of it."
Wells will go from protecting reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers to Sam Bradford, the 2010 No. 1 overall pick who backslid last season in his second year.
"He's excited to work with me, I'm excited to work with him, and we're both really looking forward to getting this thing going," Wells said.
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