Day one of unofficial free agency signing in the NFL was active: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the Las Vegas Raiders, linebacker Eric Kendricks goes to the Chargers, the Ravens released Calais Campbell, and the Bucs moved on from guard Shaq Mason.
The Los Angeles Rams did little. Tuesday morning Ram fans were greeted with the news that kicker Matt Gay had signed a monster five-year $22.5 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts. That’s one of the teams MyLaSports.com predicted Gay could land.
But fear not, Rams House. Teams with ample cap space (not the Rams) always overspend early in free agency. They’re looking to win the day on the talk shows and show the fan base “Look! We’re making moves!” Even though those moves don’t make a lot of sense.
Here’s looking at some free agents still available for the Rams on the offensive side of the ball. (We can talk defense another time). Remember, as free agency drags on, the cost of these players goes down, but we like how these players would fit in with the Rams.
Jakobi Meyers, Wide Receiver
I think it’s time Rams House comes to grips with the fact that Odell Beckham Jr. is probably not coming back. Who is paying him $20 million a year? OBJ, it’s been real. Peace out.
The Rams do need an upgrade at wide receiver to ride along with Cooper Kupp. The Allen Robinson II Experiment didn’t work. At all. Meyers is only 26. He was an undrafted free agent who spent four years with the Patriots. He had 83 catches for 866 yards in 2021 and 67 for 804 last year. He’s 6-2, 200 pounds. He’s younger than Robinson II and will likely cost a lot less (Robinson signed a three-year $46.5 million deal).
Isaac Seumalo, Guard
Seumalo is one of the most coveted offensive linemen out there. The 29-year old has made 60 starts in his career with the Eagles.
The good news…he’s a mauler. He can play. The bad news…he’s been injured throughout his career. A pec injury in 2018, a knee injury in 2020 and a Lisfranc in 2021 caused him to miss a lot of time. But keep an eye on him with the Rams. Seumalo is a West Coast kid (played at Oregon State) and his dad is a D-Line coach at San Jose State.
David Montgomery, Running Back
Now we hit the running back portion of free agency. The Rams could use some fresh legs in the room. I do think Cam Akers is the nominal starter, but the Rams like to share the load among multiple backs.
Montgomery was a third-round pick out of Iowa State and ran for over 1,000 yards in 2020 (no current Ram running back has ever rushed for over 1,000 yards in a season). The Bears were kind of phasing him out last year with Justin Fields running the ball and new running back Khalil Herbert. Montgomery ran for 801 yards and five TDs behind a terrible offensive line.
Alexander Mattison, Running Back
Ever watch some NFL games and see a guy a few times and are like, “man, that guy is good, how come people don’t talk about him more?” To me, that’s Mattison. He’s been behind Vikings star Dalvin Cook in the backfield, but when he got the rock, he could make things happen.
Mattison can make catches out of the backfield. He had 32 grabs in 2021 and ran for 283 yards and five scores last year in a back-up role. He’s still young, only 25.
And here’s another perk for the Rams…Mattison is another West Coast kid, played at Boise State and was born in San Bernadino. I know you may not think this sounds like much, but if the money is somewhat equal, players usually pick a spot close to Momma.
Devin Singletary, Running Back
I’m kind of surprised there isn’t more buzz about Singletary who is a poor man’s Austin Ekeler (and now Ekeler is asking for a trade). Singletary is a jitterbug, a scat back, just 5-foot-7, 203 pounds. He’s rushed for 3,151 yards the last four years with Buffalo, including 819 last year.
Singletary is a dual threat as well with 145 catches in his time at Buffalo. He could give the Rams a real added dimension with his skills out of the backfield.
What Will The Rams Do?
The Rams don’t have the assets or will to be major players in free agency, so don’t be discouraged by their lack of activity on Day 1 (although I am bummed out about Matt Gay too). With each passing moment, the price of good players goes down in free agency and the Rams can swoop in and find someone. They need help on the offensive line, and could use a boost at the skill spots, but they have a quarterback, which is the most important thing. The Rams can wait. So can we.