Should Los Angeles Rams Consider Going After WR Kamar Aiken in Free Agency?
By Dan Parzych
The Los Angeles Rams could still use another wide receiver to bring on board for the 2017 season, and the team should strongly consider Kamar Aiken before it’s too late.
From the offensive line to wide receiver, the Los Angeles Rams entered the new NFL calendar year looking to make a splash in free agency, and they certainly didn’t waste anytime after bringing Andrew Whitworth and Robert Woods on board the first day. Believe it or not, the Rams have been considered one of the early winners of free agency, but the team still has plenty of work to go if they’re going to bounce back from last year’s 4-12 finish.
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When looking at how much the team has already invested in Jared Goff, the last thing Los Angeles wants to do is delay the development process of their hopeful franchise quarterback. Woods will hopefully turn out to be one of the key additions to improving the passing game in the first year under Sean McVay, but there are still some concerns since he only has a career high of 699 receiving yards.
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While there’s a good chance the Rams will look to the upcoming NFL draft to continue addressing their need at wide receiver, Kamar Aiken should be a name on the team’s radar in free agency. The former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver already has visits scheduled with numerous teams over the next few days, but that shouldn’t stop Los Angeles from attempting to land Aiken.
His numbers may have been down in 2016 (29 catches for 328 yards with one touchdown), but it’s tough to ignore the level of production he was able to provide the Ravens in the previous season, in which he caught 75 passes for 944 yards to go along with five touchdowns. The potential is certainly there for Aiken, and maybe a fresh start with a new team is just what the wideout needs to return to his 2015 form.
After taking all of this into consideration, should the Rams at least consider the possibility of adding another wideout like Aiken? Landing Aiken may seem like a long shot at this point since the team hasn’t really shown any interest, but if Los Angeles were smart, they would at least consider the option since Goff clearly needs more help beyond Woods and Tavon Austin.