If you didn’t know, Sam Bradford is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL as reported last night. I think we can all come to the conclusion that Kellen Clemons is not the answer and the Rams would be lucky to win another game or two with him under center.
To compete the rest of the season the Rams are going to have to go out on the market and see what they can get. The trade deadline is coming up soon and here are three players the Rams should consider trading for before the deadline.
Fellow writer Nathan Kearns has talked about this one since the injury and really it doesnt seem like a terrible idea. It looks like Christian Ponder’s time in Minnesota is over with the acquisition of Josh Freeman. Ponder does have two touchdowns to five interceptions this season, but he did help the Vikings make the playoffs last season.
For Ponder to succeed he needs a good defense and a running game. The Rams have the potential of both. The Rams defense has certainly played better the past three weeks than they did the first quarter of the season, and Zac Stacy seems to be the answer to the Rams running game, he is no Adrian Peterson, but he can get the job done.
Ponder is a game manager and is better than who the Rams have now. He isnt Sam Bradford, but he has a better shot of giving the Rams a chance at a wild card than Clemons. To get Ponder it might take a fourth round pick or a conditional pick.
Kirk Cousins has backed up Robert Griffin III the past two seasons and in the times that he’s played, he hasnt played all that bad. He has shown some starting potential. With Cousins the Rams could definitely compete for a wild card spot.
Last season Cousins posted 466 yards on 33 of 48 completions with a 68% completion percentage. Cousins also threw for four touchdowns to three interceptions. Cousins looks to have the ability to start, but you never know, he could just be the next Kevin Kolb or Matt Flynn. To get Cousins it would probably take a third or fourth round pick plus another late round or conditional pick.
This one is my favorite option. I have like Daniel since his days as a Missouri Tiger. Daniel has been a backup quarterback throughout his career, first behind Drew Brees, one of the best in the game, and then he is now backing up Alex Smith in Kansas City.
The Rams would be taking quite a gamble on Daniel as he has only thrown nine passes in the regular season completing seven of them for 55 yards. Rams fans feel as if the season is over and Chase Daniel certainly give people a reason to watch the team. To get Daniel it would probably take a fourth or fifth round pick or a conditional pick.
These are three options the Rams have, but not the only options. You could even throw Nick Foles and TJ Yates into the mix. Rams have some big decisions to make. Do they wave the white flag and ride the Kellen Clemons train or do they make an effort to win now by making a move? Only time will tell.