One player that Los Angeles Rams fans were hoping the team coulee pick up in free agency this offseason was Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. While there was little hope to begin with that the team would be able to acquire him as franchise players dont hit the market that often, it has now become official.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team is going to use the franchise tag on their number one wide receiver.
As Schefter says, this comes hardly as a surprise. The Bears dont have a lot of options at wide receiver outside of Jeffery. They did draft Kevin White last year, but he sat out all season with an injury meaning their is no guarantee he comes back as the same player he was.
It wasn’t likely that Jeffery was ever going to hit the open market and this announcement just made it official.
What does this mean for the Rams? Well, the best receiver is now off of the market meaning their are just a bunch of number two and number three guys that they could sign. Marvin Jones, Travis Benjamin, Rueben Randle, and Rishard Matthews are really all that’s out there.
Even then, Jones, Benjamin, and Matthews have all expressed their desire to come back to their respective teams and have all talked about new deals that would bring them back.
This really doesn’t look good for the Rams as their receiver situation isn’t looking all that great. This is a weak class of wide receivers when it comes to the draft and free agency doesn’t look much better. The Rams haven’t had a 1,000 yard wide-receiver since Torry Holt and by the looks of it, that isn’t going to change any time soon.