Trading Tavon Austin before deadline would be miracle for Rams

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As much as the Los Angeles Rams would prefer to get rid of Tavon Austin and his ridiculous contract, the chances of a trade before the deadline is highly unlikely.

After enjoying the bye week, the Los Angeles Rams are currently preparing for a Week 9 matchup against the 1-6 New York Giants, which will hopefully result in a favorable win for Sean McVay‘s squad. But before that game arrives, all eyes will be on Tuesday’s trade deadline to see if the Rams end up making any last second surprise moves.

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Even though there doesn’t seem to be any players on the trade block at the moment, it’s no secret there’s nothing Los Angeles would love more than to find a team that would be willing to bring Tavon Austin on board. Last offseason, the Rams made the questionable decision to reward Austin with a four-year, $42 million extension he clearly didn’t deserve when looking at how much of a disappointment he’s truly been, and sadly, the team seemed to accept early on they would be stuck with the wideout for at least this year.

One year after setting career highs of 58 catches for 509 yards, Austin has basically made zero impact in the passing game this season by only hauling in seven passes for 34 yards over the team’s first seven games. Sure, Austin has made up for this lack of production a little bit by being more effective in the ground game (135 rushing yards with a touchdown), but for an individual being paid like a No. 1 wideout, these numbers are flat-out embarrassing for the former first-round pick.

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When taking all of this into consideration from the disappointing numbers to the hefty contract, it’s easy to understand why nobody is calling Los Angeles to do whatever it takes to land Austin, even if he does seem dangerous at times with his blazing speed. So if there are any Rams fans hoping to see the team find a last-second suitor to bring Austin on board through a trade before Tuesday’s deadline, don’t get too excited since it’s highly unlikely to happen.