The LA Rams need a veteran backup quarterback. The team should sign one of these five veterans within the next 48 hours to land the best bargain
The LA Rams are making efforts in 2020 to adhere to a stricter than usual budget in their free agency dealings so far. And that’s a far cry from the free-spending, wheeling-dealing reputation of general manager Les Snead. But the times they are a’-changing, as the old song Bob Dylan song lyrics go. After all, the 2020 NFL Draft will not be held before a live audience, but rather will be a virtual televised broadcast.
So too, this is a new NFL. Thanks to the new CBA, the LA Rams must now plan for a 55, not 53, man season roster. And the practice squad is no longer 10 players. In 2020, that number increases to 12 players. In 2022, that number increases once more to 14.
Amidst all this transformation, the LA Rams must now look to the roster and attempt to fill in the depth chart amidst this ever-changing scenario. Will the Rams need a pocket passer or a dual-threat quarterback in 2020 and beyond? While all these questions remain unanswered, the fact remains that the 2020 NFL Draft is not the place to select a backup quarterback. Developmental quarterback? Yes, of course.
But a rookie drafted from round two or later has little chance of having a good grasp of the NFL this year. Certainly not well enough to step into the midst of a game and lead the Rams to victory. And if the player cannot do that, they cannot fill a backup role. That role is best filled by a veteran who has been there, done that. But those types of players go quickly. So the LA Rams must act quickly to sign their future backup quarterback before another team comes along and scoops him up.