The Los Angeles Rams decided to match the offer from the Detroit Lions for running back Malcolm Brown.
Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Rams faced a difficult decision in whether to match an offer for Malcolm Brown after the Detroit Lions made an offer for the running back to come on board for the 2019 season.
Despite how reliable Brown has been at times over the last couple of seasons, the Rams knew there were other options to consider at the running back position since the team already made it clear they would be taking a different approach in 2019 when it came to Todd Gurley‘s workload.
As much as Los Angeles wanted to bring C.J. Anderson back for another year after looking at the impact made by the veteran towards the end of last year along with the playoffs, the NFC champions also knew his asking price may be too high.
With this in mind, it seemed like the Rams would strongly consider matching the offer made by the Lions to Brown, especially since it would come at a pretty cheap price.
On Friday, Los Angeles made the decision official by matching the offer for Brown, making sure they continue to have depth at the running back position.
In a way, this decision shouldn’t be all that surprising since as mentioned before, the Rams are getting Brown at an absolute steal compared to what other running backs would have cost.
Of course, now that Brown is back in the picture, the main question in need of answering will be whether he can handle the increased workload if needed since Los Angeles has already made it clear they will take a different approach with Gurley in 2019.
Right away when Sean McVay was hired in 2017, Brown immediately became one of his favorite players, and wasted little time making him the No. 2 running back behind Gurley.
Brown may have been looking forward to a fresh start on a team like the Lions since they were in need of help at running back, and the chances seemed higher for him to receive more carries, but returning to Los Angeles could work out better than expected for the Texas product.