The LA Rams are through their first NFL offseason wave of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and the coaching staff is regrouping and reformulating. Who will be the starters? Who will fill the rotational roles? Who will contribute to special teams? And finally, who will be waived? Of that group, the team will need to determine who will be signed to the team’s practice squad.
While those decisions have yet to be made, there is a second set of decisions to make for this team. For the LA Rams starters, will the starting offensive line of Andrew Whitworth, David Edwards, Austin Corbett, Bobby Evans, and Rob Havenstein withstand the test of a 17-game season, plus the additional play of the NFL post-season? For that matter, is this combination the absolute best that the Rams can do? Or was the decision to settle on this configuration driven by affordability, rather than durability, or just plain ole ability?
At times, it certainly appears as those it’s the price tag that is forcing the Rams to settle. After all, this roster is predominantly filled with young inexpensive players in sheer numbers, but dominated by a few highly paid elite players on the salary cap side. That’s created a bit of a vacuum in some areas of the roster.
While the coaching staff continues to push the belief that the offensive line is good enough with Bobby Evans in a starting role, I’m not exactly convinced. If Evans struggles at the right guard position, we know all too well that his teammates, in this case, Austin Corbett and Rob Havenstein, will attempt to compensate and will themselves suffer as a result. That won’t do. No, that won’t do at all.
Perhaps it would be wise to bring in veteran free agents now for a preemptive strike. After all, the Rams will be in need of help in 2022, and it’s unclear who, if any, of the team’s expiring contracts among the offensive linemen will even be targetted for renewal. For the current season, I don’t think the Rams need wholesale changes whatsoever. But one more dependable veteran along the offensive line could make an incredibly positive impact. So who should the Rams look at? Here are four free agents who are still available