Reason I: Rams can extend 2021 additions, and likely will
The LA Rams added the likes of Sony Michel, Von Miller, and Odell Beckham Jr. to the roster, with the foreknowledge that all three veteran players are playing in the last year of their current contract. Compounding the matter is the fact that the Rams invested starting quarterback Jared Goff and three draft picks for just two years of veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford. Rentals? Hardly.
This is the same pattern used by the Rams to acquire Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was the same method used when adding veteran outside linebacker Leonard Floyd. If you need further explanation, both Ramsey and Floyd re-signed with the Rams, agreeing to multi-year contracts. It’s how the Rams roll, and they’ll roll right along into 2022 as well.
Let’s look at the 2022 backfield if the Rams opt to extend Sony Michel. He will join Darrell Henderson, and the healthy Cam Akers, and Jake Funk. They will become a very dangerous rushing attack for the team next season
If the LA Rams extend Odell Beckham Jr., he will rejoin Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, and the fully healthy Robert Woods, as well as Tutu Atwell, Ben Skowronek, and Jacob Harris. Of course, it won’t stop the Rams from drafting another trio of rookies, but the offense will be stocked whether or not the draft pans out.
If Von Miller is extended, he will rejoin Leonard Floyd, Terrell Lewis, Chris Garrett, and the fully healthy Justin Hollins. That’s a pretty daunting set of pass rushers coming off the edge, and one that will give the defense a good core to add to the mix that already includes All-Pros Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey