Are LA Rams tempted by high risk/reward Titans OT Isaiah Wilson?
By Bret Stuter
This is a young man who has struggled mightily with the unorthodox NFL 2020 offseason. He found his way to the COVID-19/IR list twice, to a trespass warning from Tenessee State University, and to suspicion of driving under the influence two days before the season opener. Yahoo Sports Jason Owens writes an almost warning tale of Wilson’s struggles.
What’s at stake? A young man struggling to assume a mature positive attitude in his first year of the NFL, but with over $11 million guaranteed. If an NFL team cannot reach Isaiah Wilson and help him to find the path to unlock his tremendous potential of playing offensive tackle in the NFL, this story will not have a happy ending.
There is no tradeable asset small enough to tempt the Titans to part ways with Wilson. They already wish to do so. By rights, the negotiations should be conducted much like that of the LA Rams when negotiating with the Miami Dolphins to take on the contract of injured cornerback Aqib Talib. The Rams ended up including a fifth-round pick in that exchange.
What can the Titans expect in a trade offer? Nothing. That contract that they’ve signed Wilson to is battery acid and will erode the cap status of any team willing to assume it. But if the Titans cut Wilson and eat all that guaranteed money? Well, the risk is no-more, and the Rams and 30 other teams in the NFL can construct a new contract with plenty of protection.