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3 Quarterbacks The Rams Should Consider Trading For

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.


Christian Ponder

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

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.


Chase Daniel

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.

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  • ricdram

    I thought I heard Fisher say that the
    Rams would not ” trade ” for a QB.
    In addition I read we don’t have much
    $ to spend. As you know I endorse
    Austin Davis if he is available. He
    knows the O, the players & comes
    relatively cheap. Of the 3 QB above
    I like CDaniel also. Regardless of
    whomever we sign, we need to rally
    around Clemens. He is gonna need
    all the help he can get.(Help us Lord).

    • Nathan Kearns

      Well, the article was posted at 10am, and Jeff Fisher didn’t drop the “we won’t be trading” bomb until later that evening…

      You’re right though, the St. Louis Rams are severely lacking in cap space, although some of that will be helped by a some cuts and some “restructuring” that was inevitably going to happen with either C. Long, Finnegan, or even Bradford.

      Austin Davis it certainly the easiest pickup, assuming he doesn’t get snatched up by the Houston Texans. However, neither he or Clemens are long-term solutions for the backup quarterback role in the NFL, which is becoming an increasingly more important position…

      • ricdram

        I beg to differ Nathan.
        I like Austin Davis &
        with good coaching
        (add OC) he could be
        a solid back up. He is
        going to get a shot &
        I think he will. win a
        few games. Lets see!

        • Nathan Kearns

          I guess we can differ all we want, but he was cut by the Rams in favor or Kellen Clemens, cleared waivers, and now will likely be the backup to the backup (Brady Quinn) to the backup (Kellen Clemens). Just the reality of his situation…

          • ricdram

            I bet you Austin will be 2nd on the depth chart.
            Quinn last.

          • Blaine Grisak

            I think Austin will be second on the depth chart just because he knows the playbook and he’s familiar with the players. I actually wouldnt be surprised if he ended up starting at some point though. Clemons didn’t blow Davis away in the preseason, it was fairly close. The advantage Clemons had was that he’s been a “coach” to Sam the past couple of seasons. I guess we’ll find out though.

          • Nathan Kearns

            There is no logical explanation behind signing Brady Quinn if you plan on hiding him at the bottom of the depth chart.

            In actuality, the three quarterbacks will more than likely shuffle around as the season progresses. If Kellen Clemens performs admirably, then Austin Davis will likely maintain his current No.2 spot.

            Should Clemens flame out over the next couple of weeks, then Austin Davis may even get a chance to start. However, if the St. Louis Rams get to their Bye Week without any answers, Brady Quinn will be starting for the St. Louis Rams against the Bears on Nov. 24th. With more injuries inevitable as the season progresses, it would be hard to image that the Rams would hold three spots for quarterbacks…

            The point is, Austin Davis could realistically go from No.2… to replacing Kellen Clemens in the starting lineup… to being cut from the team within a five week span. It will all depend on how the “current starter” performs in Week 8 and 9!