LA Rams free agency: 4 Eagles who could be trade targets for 2022

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LA Rams Free Agency Andre Dillard
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Versatile offensive lineman?

The Eagles have dangled LT Andre Dillard on the trade block before to no takers. So if at first, you don’t succeed? Try. Try again.  So why would the LA Rams, who are certainly in a situation of trying to get their own free agent offensive tackle, Joe Noteboom, signed to an extension?

Simply stated? The LA Rams will want to price Noteboom as a utility offensive lineman, a backup who could spot-start at virtually any position on their offensive line. But Noteboom and his agent won’t be that naive and will insist on starting offensive left tackle dollars. The difference? As much as $10 million per year.

While you can debate whether or not he will get that type of money on the open market, one thing is certain. The LA Rams are at risk of losing not one, but two offensive left tackles simultaneously. While the team did get very promising results when they were forced to start A.J.Jackson at the left tackle position, even presuming that he can start leaves the team dangerously thin at the offensive line.

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Better use of funds and draft picks

With no Day 1 or 2 draft picks to speak of, the front office cannot expect to solve even depth issues at left tackle in the draft.

Dillard, much like Joe Noteboom, has been a curious chess piece for the Eagles. He had a bad rookie season (many do) and was injured in 2020. He played relatively well for the Eagles in spot starts through the 2021 NFL season, but the team has a surplus of offensive linemen, and Dillard is not projected to earn any playing time. He is slated to earn under $4 million, a relatively inexpensive cost for what could prove to be a starting left tackle. Free agents will want more just to sit on the bench.

Proposed asking price: 2022 fourth-round pick
Rams should offer: 2023 fifth-round pick

Now, what about adding a backup pocket passer?