Some way, somehow, Jeff Fisher would like to have strong safety Quintin Mikell back on the roster in 2013. But at this point in the offseason, less than two weeks into the free agency period, there’s no guarantee that will happen.
“We have interest,” Fisher said at the NFL owners’ meetings. “He played very well for us last year.”

With his base salary scheduled to jump to $6 million from $1 million in 2013, releasing Mikell almost was a necessity at the start of the free agency.

“It’s just one of those things that you have to do once you get in the process (of free agency) and you start making moves,” Fisher said. “But we have interest. The defensive staff was really happy with him last year.”

Basically, the Rams needed to make sure they had enough salary-cap room when it became apparent that they’d have a chance to sign tight end Jared Cook and offensive tackle Jake Long in free agency.

The Rams tried to restructure Mikell’s contract, which had two years remaining, before releasing him.

“Things didn’t work out,’’ Fisher said. “We got in a hurry. We needed the space.”

The number of safeties remaining on the free-agent market is dwindling almost by the day.

One of the best still available, former Oakland Raider Michael Huff, has not heard from the Rams.

With limited cap space, the Rams simply might not have enough money to sign a safety in free agency.

Besides, the team could be targeting a backup offensive guard with some of its remaining cap room to replace departed center/guard Robert Turner. Turner signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Tennessee.