It has not been a fun offseason for the Los Angeles Rams as they have seen a number of their key players either be let go or walk in free agency.
And then as far as additions go, there have been none as the only signing the Rams have made is bringing back offensive lineman Coleman Shelton.
That doesn’t mean that more moves aren’t on the horizon though. According to over the cap, the Rams have a little more than $11 million in cap space to work with. They will need to pay their draft class, but they should still have room to add a veteran free agent or two to help make up for their other losses.
If the Rams are willing to eat into their 2024 cap space a little, which could make sense if they’re signing a free agent to a multi-year deal, then they pretty much have the ability to add whoever they want.
All indications are that the Rams won’t be big spenders until next offseason though, so here are some bargain bin players they can target.
Edge rusher Melvin Ingram
With the departure of Leonard Floyd, the Rams are in desperate need of pass rushers. Even though Ingram is 33 and his best days are behind him, he is coming off a successful season with the Miami Dolphins.
Ingram played about 50% of the defensive snaps for Miami and was healthy enough to play in all 17 games, recording 6.0 sacks and 7.0 tackles for loss.
A number of pass rushers have put up big numbers playing alongside Aaron Donald, so perhaps the same could be said for Ingram, which might make the Rams appealing to him in free agency.
Cornerback Marcus Peters
Another big need for the Rams is cornerback after the departures of David Long Jr. and, of course, Jalen Ramsey.
The Rams’ defensive back room is extremely young and inexperienced right now, so why not add a veteran in Peters who is also a familiar face?
Peters’ injury history may mean his game is declining at age 30, but that is also the reason he may be affordable for the Rams. He also has a knack for taking the ball away, recording 32 career interceptions in seven seasons.
The Rams’ defense is likely to take a step back overall in 2023, so being able to at least create turnovers would be a huge bonus.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
This is the pipe dream that I will never give up regardless of how unlikely it is.
And who knows, maybe it’s not that unlikely. We all know the Rams want to get back to being an offensive-centric team, and their offense was at its best with Beckham, Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford leading the way.
Beckham has been very vocal about how much he enjoyed his time in L.A. and how well the Rams organization treated him. And the fact that he has been available for over a year now without any team signing him shows that he’s probably not getting any offers to his liking.
Perhaps Les Snead can get creative and find a contract that works for all parties, locking in Beckham as a part of the team’s future when they are ready to reload in 2024.
Safety John Johnson III
This would be another familiar face coming back home as Johnson was drafted by the Rams in the third round in 2017 and played his first four seasons in L.A. before moving on to the Cleveland Browns.
Safety is another position of need for the Rams with the departures of Nick Scott and Taylor Rapp (who is still a free agent but likely out of L.A.’s price range). The current safety room includes one experienced player in Jordan Fuller, although he has missed a lot of time due to injuries the last couple of seasons. Other than him, it’s just Quentin Lake and Russ Yeast, two players that the Rams are high on but did not see the field much in their rookie seasons.
Johnson would bring some much-needed leadership to the Rams’ secondary and is already a fan-favorite in L.A.
Running back Kareem Hunt
At the beginning of the offseason, I would have expected Hunt to be out of the Rams’ price range. But a number of other free agent running backs have already found new homes, so he may not have many suitors. Plus, all of the contracts that have been signed by running backs that are better than Hunt have been less money than I would have expected.
So adding versatile running back like Hunt, who can catch passes out of the backfield and is still just 27 years of age, to the mix along with Cam Akers and Kyren Williams would give L.A. a formidable trio.