Whoa. Another LA Rams trade scenario? This one is not of our making but is rather intriguing.
Is this real life? Or is it just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality. – Lyrics to Bohemian Rhapsody, circa 1975, written by Freddy Mercury
Yes, I’m going old school for NFL GameDay Sunday for Week 8, where the LA Rams will travel to face the Houston Texans in an NFL contest that could propel the team into a tie for the best record in the league. While that should be enough to keep me occupied for the entire day, I just ran across a very intriguing article on Bleacher Report by Brent Sobleski, where he has asserted that the Cincinnati Bengals could be targeting Rams offensive lineman Bobby Evans at the 2021 NFL Trade Deadline.
That’s right, Rams offensive lineman Bobby Evans to the Bengals. Imagine it?
Here is what Sobleski has to say:
"“The Cincinnati Bengals offensive line remains a problem, particularly at right guard. Jackson Carman has struggled at the onset of his career. Eventually, he could become a solid contributor, but the Bengals shouldn’t overlook an opportunity to add some competition.Bobby Evans started seven games as a rookie and flashed some potential for the Los Angeles Rams, but the third-year blocker now serves as the squad’s utility lineman.”-per Brent Sobleski"
Now, does that make sense for the LA Rams? I think it could, yes.
We had done our own scenario of which player would the LA Rams be interested in from each NFL team, and for the Bengals, we cited defensive back, Jalen Davis. Davis is a 5-foot-10 185-pound veteran defensive back who has the experience of four NFL seasons. Not only is he flashing solid potential in pass coverage, but he is a real contributor on special teams as well.
So what would a potential last-minute deal look like?
The Bengals need an upgrade at offensive line, and Bobby Evans has a very versatile and experienced history. He could be a huge piece for Cincinnati, as they need help at both guard and tackle, both positions that Evans has NFL starter experience at.
In return, the Rams pick up a solid depth player for the secondary in Jalen Davis, as well as a 2022 late-round draft pick to balance out the value.
I like Bobby Evans, and love his dedication to improving his craft. But I fear he has not worked out for the Rams as hope. A change of scenery would do him good, and the Bengals are a team on the rise. In return, the Rams get a solid depth player who can contribute in any number of ways, as well as a 2022 draft pick that could deliver a starter for the team next season.
Will it all go down in the next 48 hours? Time will tell. But this one has the feel of a doable deal. So it’s up to the Bengals and Rams to sort out the details.