NFL Rumors: Will LA Rams sign Blake Bortles or Dwayne Haskins?

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The LA Rams are the topic of NFL Rumors. The team is scrambling to sign a veteran quarterback. But will it be Bortles or Haskins?

The LA Rams are in a bit of a pricklish situation right now. For the time being, the team will be starting quarterback John Wolford for the first time for the season finale to face the Arizona Cardinals. Of course, it was no surprise after starting quarterback Jared Goff broke and dislocated his thumb in the loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Today, Goff had surgery to correct his thumb, eliminating any chance for him to play in the last game of the season.

And so, the Rams are going with their backup. That single action has triggered a host of other actions for the team. Let’s walk this out for you. The LA Rams promotion of Wolford to start now creates a void at the backup quarterback position. The Rams can and will likely fill that void by elevating backup quarterback Bryce Perkins for one game off the practice squad to be Wolford’s backup.

What about COVID-19 risks?

The moment that the Rams elevate Perkins, they now have a problem with the emergency backup plan. In much the same way as kicker Kai Forbath‘s injury led to signing and starting kicker Matt Gay, the injury to QB Jared Goff will lead to a signing for a more permanent backup quarterback. After all, COVID-19 risks have never been greater. So the Rams want to avoid the ‘Denver dilemma’ where they have no quarterbacks available for game day.

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To accomplish that, the Rams will need to sign and quickly onboard a viable veteran quarter. So with one regular-season game remaining, and few if any available options out there. The needs for the position are these: the candidate must know how to play in and run an NFL offense. The quarterback must be available to sign to the Rams 53-man roster. Most of all, he will need to have the contractual flexibility to understand that any signing could be over quickly if the Rams do not advance to post-season.  So who can the Rams sign?