Which ex-Rams coaches will sign LA Rams free agents?
By Bret Stuter
The LA Rams run the risk of losing 12 unrestricted free agents when the NFL Free Agency market opens on March 17, 2021, at 1:00 pm PT. Of course, until the LA Rams submit a qualifying tender offer, or an offer sheet, two restricted free agents and two additional exclusive rights free agents may sign with new teams as well.
Of the 16 free agents, the LA Rams are no doubt hopeful that some, if not many, fail to attract much interest from other teams. You see, the less interest in the Rams players, the better leverage the Rams will maintain. That leverage can be used to sign players to very team-friendly contracts. Unfortunately, there are too many coaches on other teams now with intimate knowledge of just how good the Rams’ players can be.
Now, the question is, which of the LA former coaches will shop for his former players? For that matter, will ex-Rams quarterback Jared Goff lobby for his former teammates to join him at Detroit to play for the Lions? The LA Rams lost eight such coaches/coordinators, but one has left for the NCAA, one was reassigned in-house, and one has yet to sign on with a new team. But, are we a bit paranoid?
Actually, no. A year ago, the Dallas Cowboys signed Special Teams coordinator John Fassel plus his assistant Matt Daniels. In the NFL Free Agency market that ensued, the Cowboys signed placekicker Greg Zuerlein. Now, keep in mind that the team already had kicker Kai Forbath under contract, and he was perfect for them in the latter part of the 2019 season. So now, the question is who might these ex-Rams attract to their new team?