How good can LA Rams become after the NFL Trade Deadline?

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The LA Rams played us all. Even when we knew that something was up, nobody could have guessed that the front office negotiated a trade where the Denver Broncos not only dealt the face of their franchise, Von Miller, to the team but paid $9 million of his salary in the process.

Unbelievable. Absolutely unheard of.

The NFL has certainly changed over the years. It’s a what-have-you-done-for-me mindset that rules today. Not just from the fans in the stands, but in the E-Suites of NFL teams as well. The equivalent of the Von Miller trade from a Denver Broncos perspective is a scenario where the LA Rams trade away Aaron Donald and agree to pay his salary to do so.

Unbelievable. Absolutely unheard of.  This is not the way the NFL was run in the past. We truly are breaking new ground, and the LA Rams organization is leading the way.

In the whirlwind society in modern professional sports, instant gratification and immediate analysis rules.  The 2021 NFL Trade Deadline is no exception.  Already, the LA Rams trade for outside linebacker Von Miller has been graded relentlessly over the past 36 hours. It’s no longer just the trade itself. Now, we are compelled to determine what others feel about the trade, and how well they like it.

The rush to judge is today’s reality.  Still, there is a lot of natural curiosity regarding the fit and production of Von Miller’s introduction to the team’s defense. Will Von Miller fix everything? Will his impact be immediate? Will his heart be in it, after being traded from the team and fans that meant so much to him and his career?

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These and more are very good questions.  But the key to finding the answers is not to jump into the deep end of the unknown. Rather, let’s start from the shoreline of what we do now and work up from there.