5 LA Rams players who won’t be back for the 2020 season

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LA Rams David Long
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Robey-Coleman is not Long for this world

Recall the LA Rams chose cornerback David Long in the 2019 NFL Draft with a third-round pick.  Long is a 5-foot-11 196-pound slot cornerback who many had projected to come off the board in round two. At the time, the Rams already had cornerbacks Aquib Talib, Marcus Peters, Nickell Robey-Coleman, and Troy Hill.  The Rams have since parted ways with Talib and Peters and added cornerback Jalen Ramsey.   Why would the Rams consider not bringing Robey-Coleman back in 2020?

Simply stated, the Rams can pick up his option, and trade him for as much as a first-round pick. With so much depth in the 2020 NFL Draft at wide receiver and quarterback, NFL teams will be eager to improve their depth at defensive back. And Robey-Coleman is a proven top-defender in the NFL.  At just $4.5 million, his contract is affordable for even the most cash-strapped teams.

The Rams chose David Long for a reason. Even is spot usage as a rookie, he scored an impressive 67.4 grade from PFF. At an inch taller, 11-pounds heavier at cornerback, he gives the team more flexibility in their pass coverage to do so.  If Brandon Staley wants to rotate coverage to send a DB in a blitz package, David Long Jr. gives the Rams more options.

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Sometimes the key to success is to sell high and buy low. Nickell Robey-Coleman is at his peak market value right now as the Rams enter the 2020 off-season. The Rams would be very wise indeed to sign him and then give the Philadelphia Eagles a call for a potential trade. With a draft deep in other areas, the Rams might do very well in that trade.