4 reasons why LA Rams may not re-sign Leonard Floyd to 2nd contract

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The LA Rams look a bit thin on the Edge right now, just as the team did a year ago. Then, it was the free agency of Dante Fowler Jr. and releasing Clay Matthews that put the pass rush into such a questionable segue. This year it’s the imminent free agency of both Leonard Floyd and Samson Ebukam that has the fog descending on the team’s future.

But the LA Rams have options. Rather than allow Leonard Floyd to walk, can the Rams re-sign him? While his production certainly warranted a lot of interest from other teams, there is not the same free agency buzz that preceded the free agency arrival of Fowler. We already knew that the Atlanta Falcons would make a significant offer for Fowler. While we know that Floyd will garner some interest, there is not a clear frontrunner yet.

And that absence has attracted some thoughts from fans in the post-article comments section and on social media that the Rams should consider a tag-and-trade option for Leonard Floyd, or even re-signing him to return to the team. And I get that sentiment, to a point. After all, it’s tough to part ways with such a formidable player, one whose toughness and defensive playmaking abilities seemed to be both a natural fit and complement to those of Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey.

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But the cost of keeping an NFL superstar on the roster is great indeed. The only true way to justify that cost is to see a huge uptick in the performance of others who play alongside that player. Floyd is very good, but I didn’t see an uptick with other linebackers as a result.  Still not convinced? Here are four more reasons why the Rams are unlikely to re-sign Floyd.