Who should LA Rams target from each NFL team at Trade Deadline

Jun 4, 2018; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead during organized team activities at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 4, 2018; Thousand Oaks, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead during organized team activities at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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The LA Rams are currently 6-1 and are certainly in the hunt for an NFL playoff berth. The challenge is that the Rams may or may not have the horses right now to carry the team all the way to the Super Bowl.  Well, that can be fixed, but only if the LA Rams can decide the who, the what, and exactly how much in time to make a trade.

The NFL Trade Deadline for 2021 is November 2nd. That is two days after the Rams play on the road against the Houston Texans and could be sitting at 7-1 at that time. Of course, a loss against the Week 8 opponent, the Houston Texans, will reduce that record.

The Rams have a BYE week at Week 11, and then finish off the season with a grueling seven-game finale. Will the Rams have enough depth and healthy players for that end-of-the-season gauntlet? That is the topic of discussion right now among the team’s personnel executives and coaching staff.

Of course, trading for a player takes money. Or rather, freed up salary-cap space. The LA Rams think of everything, as the team has cleared over $3 million by restructuring offensive tackle Rob Havenstein’s contract. Now how will the Rams spend it?

The LA Rams followed that up by trading away starting inside linebacker Kenny Young for next to nothing to the Denver Broncos. That move made not one lick of sense in the conventional sense because the team could have easily demoted Young and promoted whomever they saw fit. The move was about freeing up salary-cap space.  Estimates by Spotrac.com have the Rams just under $5 million freed cap space, a nice number if the Rams are interested in making a move.

The Rams could double that if they trade away these four players. But any trade sending players elsewhere will create another opening on the roster. The next move by the Rams depend entirely upon how much salary cap space the team wishes to free up.

This is not the time to be shy, reserved, or demure. The LA Rams have already been subjected to injuries that have repeatedly targeted the same position on the team. So it comes down to sizing up other teams and determining a fair market value for players they are not playing, or to teams with dimming hopes of post-season play who are sitting on veterans who want to win now.

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Whichever player could the Rams successfully trade for depends upon the other team’s willingness to part ways with that player, what the Rams are willing to trade for that player, and how that player may contribute to the Rams down the home stretch of the season. So put on your General Manager hat and let’s make some deals.

So on what slide can you find your favorite team? Your divisional rivals? There is a lot of good information in this one, so the least we can do is help you locate the teams you would like to investigate, right? So here you go:

Slide    Team
2           Buffalo Bills
3           Dallas Cowboys
4           Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5           Arizona Cardinals
6           Kansas City Chiefs
7           Los Angeles Chargers
8           Cleveland Browns
9           New York Jets
10        Baltimore Ravens
11        Tennessee Titans
12        New Orleans Saints
13        Washington Football Team
14         Green Bay Packers
15         Seattle Seahawks
16         San Francisco 49ers
17         Carolina Panthers
18         Philadelphia Eagles
19         Cincinnati Bengals
20         Minnesota Vikings
21         Las Vegas Raiders
22         Indianapolis Colts
23         Atlanta Falcons
24         New York Giants
25         Denver Broncos
26         Detroit Lions
27         New England Patriots
28         Pittsburgh Steelers
29         Jacksonville Jaguars
30         Houston Texans
31         Chicago Bears
32         Miami Dolphins

Okay. Now you know where to find the NFL team you may be most interested in. Now, who might the LA Rams be most interested in? Let’s find out.