Wells follows Fisher to Rams
Wells was a Fisher fan then, and during eight NFL seasons the respect has grown. The new Rams new coach was a big enough draw in free agency that the Pro Bowl center left the Green Bay Packers to join the rebuilding effort in St. Louis. The Packers were 15-1 last year, five more wins than the Rams’ total the last three seasons.
“Green Bay was definitely a player and that was a tough decision,” Wells said Monday. “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.”
The 31-year-old Wells several times cited his respect and belief in Fisher, adding that he’s received glowing reviews from several players who’ve played for Fisher. Wells has signed a four-year contract for a reported $24 million with $13 million guaranteed.
Wells was generally considered the Packers’ top offensive lineman, and can add stability to a young, developing unit that was dogged by injuries. Three starters, tackles Jason Smith and Rodger Saffold and guard Jacob Bell, ended the year on injured reserve.
Smith was the second overall pick in 2009 and Saffold was a second-rounder in 2010.
Instead of snapping to Aaron Rodgers, the NFL MVP last year, Wells will be working with Sam Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in 2010. Wells said he’s gotten a “welcoming text” from the quarterback.
“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.