How well did LA Rams do in the 2020 NFL Free Agency?

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LA Rams 2020 NFL Free Agency
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Farewell Faces

Of course, the LA Rams defense suffered the most from the 2020 NFL Free Agency market. One of the fan favorites, inside linebacker Cory Littleton played his best season in 2019. With Littleton’s star rising, and the Rams purse so light, it was fairly obvious that keeping Littleton with LA would require a deep home town discount.  But the bidding started rapidly for Littleton’s services, and Las Vegas Raiders’ general manager Mike Mayock was the top bidder.

So too did the Rams have little chance to keep outside linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. While the Rams did in fact have interest, Fowler seemed to have his heart set on joining the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons were in need of a solid edge player, and the Rams simply did not have the funds to commit to him.

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More defections

One of the curious events of the 2020 NFL Free Agency market was the failure of the LA Rams to pick up the last option year for slot cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. NRC had certainly played well enough for the team, and was the focus point of the New Orleans Saints ire with no pass interference call in the 2018 NFL Playoffs.

Of course, the biggest headline was the fact that long-time kicker Greg Zuerlein followed ST coordinator John Fassel to sign on with the Dallas Cowboys.  While Zuerlein was one of the most accurate and strong legs in the NFL, he showed signs of aging in 2019 when his 40+ yard field goal accuracy plummeted.