The move would save the Rams a little over $5 million in cap space in 2023 while ridding themselves of Ramsey’s contract completely in 2024 and beyond. It also would bring L.A. some much-needed draft capital to begin building for the future.
While the move still doesn’t make a ton of sense if you ask me, it appears it is the reality we live in. With that being the case, it’s time to start looking ahead to what the Rams can get for Ramsey and who the potential suitors might be.
Unfortunately for Rams fans, we will likely be a bit underwhelmed by the return the Rams get for the 28-year-old. Ramsey is still one of the highest-paid corners in the league and is coming off arguably his worst season (still a very good one though).
The best thing Rams fans can hope for realistically is getting a first-round pick back for Ramsey as well as a pick in the middle rounds. If they don’t get a first-rounder back then they could potentially get multiple second-rounders.
So without further ado, here are some teams that make sense.
This list has to start with the Detroit Lions considering their players have already been openly recruiting Ramsey and they look like a team that’s ready to compete in 2023 and beyond. Detroit also has around $23 million in cap space this offseason so can afford Ramsey and also would likely look to extend him.
The Lions have two first-round picks this year, one of which came from the Rams and is No. 6 overall. It’s unlikely that L.A. would be able to get that pick back but maybe Detroit’s other pick at No. 18 overall could be in play.
Given Lions general manager Brad Holmes‘ familiarity with Ramsey considering he worked in the Rams’ front office when they acquired the defensive back in 2019, Detroit has to be considered the favorite here. We all know these two front offices have worked together on a blockbuster trade before.
The Baltimore Ravens are another team with over $25 million in cap space looking to compete in 2023 that could be interested in Ramsey’s services.
They obviously need to figure out Lamar Jackson’s contract situation, but they have the No. 22 overall pick in this year’s draft that L.A. would surely be interested in.
The defense is Baltimore’s strength, but given the recent injuries to Marcus Peters, the Ravens could use some help in the secondary.
Las Vegas Raiders
After a rough 2022 season, the Las Vegas Raiders have hopes of getting back in contention in 2023. And the best way to do that would be to bolster their defense, specifically their secondary.
Las Vegas has the third-most cap space in the league at over $46 million, but they’re picking seventh overall and likely wouldn’t put that pick on the table for L.A.
This is the scenario that the Rams would get multiple second-round or middle-round picks if the Raiders are willing to offer a few.