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By Dan Arkush

Not only is "Up in the Air" a highly entertaining movie that is up for six Academy Awards, it also would be the perfect title for a movie on the Rams in the early stages of an offseason rife with uncertainty.

For starters, there is the potential sale of the team, which sources close to the scene tell us is very likely to happen before the draft in late April.

What isn't nearly as clear, however, is the most likely buyer, with three different groups said to be in the running to buy the 60 percent share of the team currently owned by Chip Rosenbloom and his sister, Lucia Rodriguez.

Only one of those groups, led by St. Louis Blues Chairman Dave Checketts, has been specifically cited by multiple sources, while the other two continue to be major mysteries.

While the group headed by Checketts appears firmly committed to keeping the Rams in St. Louis, there is speculation that the other two groups might ultimately have other ideas. That none of these groups has emerged as a clear front-runner has created more than a little apprehension under the Arch.

As if Rams Nation didn't have enough to worry about, there is also the suddenly uncertain future of the team's one true marquee player, RB Steven Jackson.

As first reported by the celebrity-news Web site TMZ.com, Jackson's former girlfriend Supriya Harris claimed she was physically abused by Jackson last March at his home in Las Vegas when she was nine months pregnant with the couple's son.

Jackson vehemently denied the charges, which Harris told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she intends to follow up on.

"But before even being charged with anything, he's been damaged — and possibly for no good reason," one team insider said of Jackson.

"He had worked so hard to repair his image and appeared to have won a lot of fans over, and now he's right back where he started due to allegations that might not even be true."

Adding to the Rams' rampant uncertainty is the specific strategy the team has in mind with the first overall pick in the upcoming draft.

Initially it was believed Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh was considered a near no-brainer as the No. 1 pick. But as of late, the name of Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy has picked up major steam on the rumor mill.

 

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