Cam Akers Trade Rumors, Possible Landing Spots For Disgruntled Ram

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The Cam Akers and Los Angeles Rams marriage is on the rocks.

Akers, the third-year running back out of Florida State, was held out of the Rams win over Carolina Sunday as the team evaluates their options on what to do with him.

Publicly, Rams coach Sean McVay has said that it is possible for Akers to return to the Rams, but that seems unlikely with both sides seeking a fresh start and possibly a trade.

The NFL trade deadline (yes, that is a thing) is Nov. 1 at 4 p.m. Eastern. The Rams have been active in the trade/free agent market before.

Here’s who may make sense for a trade for the Rams and just what Akers brings to the table.

All About Akers

Akers was a star at Florida State, running for 2,875 yards in three seasons with the Seminoles and was a second-round pick by the Rams in 2020.

He was thought to be the running back of the future, a nice fit for the McVay offense that relies a lot on zone running principles. Akers was/is a combo back. He is strong and physical, but also quick.

As a rookie, Akers led the Rams in rushing with 625 yards and a couple of touchdowns. There was lots of promise and big things were expected in 2021.

Then Akers popped his right Achilles in July of 2021 while doing box jumps. His story become well known as the Rams rolled to the Super Bowl. He came back for the regular season finale against the 49ers and appeared in the playoffs and Super Bowl.

Is Cam Akers Done?

Since returning from the injury, to the naked eye, Akers doesn’t appear to possess the same burst he did as a rookie. In the Super Bowl he had 13 carries for 21 yards. That’s not great.

Akers rookie year? He averaged 4.3 yards a carry. Since then it’s under 3.0.

Stats can lie, but this one doesn’t.

Everyone associated with the Rams felt that he just needed a clean off-season and would be a factor in 2022, but from the start of this season, he just hasn’t fit.

Akers was a non-factor in the Rams opening loss to the Bills (three carries for zero yards). He played well against Atlanta and Arizona. He had a touchdown against Arizona, but also had a fumble.

The Rams don’t have a true No. 1 running back — if you had to pick it’s probably Darrell Henderson — also remember that the Rams offensive line is a shambles. Akers is probably frustrated with the lack of carries, lack of openings and the Rams appear ready to move on. 2022 fourth-round pick Kyren Williams can come off injured reserve this week. Malcolm Brown filled in for Akers against Carolina and was fine. Ben Skowronek has become the Rams fullback/H-back.

Akers hasn’t shown much in 2022, but the Rams haven’t given him many chances either.

Who Would Want Cam Akers?

There are multiple NFL teams that may be interested. Let’s run down a few.

Miami Dolphins

Maybe a return to Florida is the scenery change that Akers needs to get going again. The Dolphins were the talk of the league when they started 3-0, but now have sagged. They rank 30th in the NFL in rushing. Former 49er Raheem Mostert has been OK for the Dolphins, but Chase Edmonds has been bad, averaging less than three yards a carry.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Let’s stick with the Florida theme for a minute. The Bucs rank dead last in the NFL in running the ball. Of course, you know Tom Brady is going to get his. Leonard Fournette is still a three-yards-and-contact kind of runner. His longest gain of the year is just 17. Yes, the Bucs have had O-line issues too. Akers fits in nicely with the Bucs as a Fournette clone.

Carolina Panthers

Ram fans just saw what the Panthers are up close and personal. They’re bad.

If the Panthers are serious about going total tank mode and trading away Christian McCaffrey then Akers could step in here and get some carries and catches.

Denver Broncos

When are NFL players going to start realizing that everything they do on the sidelines is being watched and filmed?

Broncos running back Melvin Gordon had a major pout going on during the Monday Night game against the Los Angeles Chargers. He looked unhappy, of course, that’s like the default in Russell Wilson Country right now. The Broncos lost Javonte Williams to a torn ACL earlier in the month and used journeyman Latavius Murray against the Chargers. This is a great fresh start place for Akers.

Seattle Seahawks

Yes, I know, we don’t want to lose Akers to a division rival, but the Seahawks have a hole in their backfield after losing Rashaad Penny to a broken leg and ankle in the loss to the New Orleans Saints. Kenneth Walker III is now the Seahawks top back. If the Seahawks want Akers, they’ll have to pay a premium price though, at least a draft pick.

Buffalo Bills

The Bills rank 16th in the NFL in rushing yards, but that’s quarterback Josh Allen leading the way with 257 yards, followed closely by Devin Singletary at 256. The Bills look like the most complete team in the NFL, but if they have a weak spot it could be in the backfield. Singletary is a slashing, fast running back. They don’t have a pounder, a third-and-one stick-it-up-the-middle guy (they use Allen for that, but that’s dangerous). Akers could find a home, and maybe even another Super Bowl ring, with the Bills.