In recent years, the Los Angeles Rams are known to not be afraid to make big moves, bringing in stars like Jalen Ramsey, Matthew Stafford, Von Miller, Odell Beckham Jr., Bobby Wagner and others. Below, we are breaking down Rams trade rumors.
Les Snead and Sean McVay are known to be aggressive when they feel the team has a need, figuring out how to make it work around the salary cap while putting the best product on the field possible.
Even though the Rams currently sit at 2-1 after winning back-to-back games, they still have a long way to go to get back to the Super Bowl level they were playing at near the end of last season.
Some of that improvement will come from within as young players continue to grow and develop. But if they don’t start to see that improvement by the time the NFL trade deadline rolls around on Nov. 1, will the Rams make another big move?
Knowing that the Rams have around $5.3 million in cap space at their disposal right now and can always open up more by restructuring contracts, I think it’s fair to assume a move could happen in-season. If it does, here are some potential areas the Rams could look to improve in:
One of the Rams’ big offseason moves was bringing in Allen Robinson on a three-year, $46.5 million contract. It’s too early to call Robinson a bust, but through three games, he has not produced how the Rams had hoped. Additionally, Van Jefferson is on injured reserve and isn’t expected back until after the team’s bye week.
So with that, it would not be surprising to see the Rams look for help at receiver. If they want to do that, they wouldn’t even have to make a trade as a familiar face in Beckham is sitting there waiting to be signed.
Beckham is expected to be ready to play around November after tearing his ACL in last year’s Super Bowl. It’s no secret that there’s mutual interest there and it would make all the sense in the world to bring in someone who is familiar with the offense and already has a connection with Stafford.
Some other options on the trade market though include Denzel Mims, Nelson Agholor and Darius Slayton.
Perhaps the biggest current need for the Rams is offensive line after Andrew Whitworth retired in the offseason and both Brian Allen and Tremayne Anchrum have gone down in the first three games. Not to mention the team’s top 2022 draft pick in Logan Bruss, who tore his ACL in the preseason.
The Rams typically don’t invest heavily in the offensive line but if they do, one potential trade option could be Teven Jenkins of the Chicago Bears. Perhaps the best options here though may be convincing Whitworth to come out of retirement towards the end of the season as the Rams did with Eric Weddle last year.
After losing Miller to the Buffalo Bills in free agency, the Rams’ pass rush may need some help in the second half of the season if neither Terrell Lewis or Justin Hollins emerge as a threat opposite of Leonard Floyd.
The best name that could come available on the trade market is another Chicago Bear and a familiar face for Rams fans in Robert Quinn.
It wouldn’t come cheap though as Quinn had 18.5 sacks last season and still has three years remaining on his five-year, $70 million contract.
One other option is another former Ram in Ndamukong Suh, who is still a free agent looking for a place to play.