Why the LA Rams should kick tires on Giants free agents

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It’s never too soon to consider improving the LA Rams roster, particularly this season when the LA Rams’ objective is to defend their NFL Championship. To do that, the Rams need to be fast on their feet, as opportunities will suddenly appear, and then just as quickly disappear once more. One of the drawbacks preventing the team from committing to the signing of NFL free agents is the adverse offset that it creates to the algorithm used to calculate the awarding of future compensatory draft picks.

One way to avoid that offset is to limit any signings to players who have been outright released by their former teams. By definition, players who are released do not factor into any compensatory draft pick calculations. So the trick is to jump on the opportunity created by any NFL team trimming their roster to clear salary-cap space. Lo and behold, that is exactly what the New York Giants appear to be doing on Wednesday, March 2, 2022:

So the LA Rams could be in the market for a veteran tight end if the price is right. TE Kyle Rudolph has some quality playing time remaining in him too. But it looks like the Giants are doing a bit of roster dressing to make way for the 2022 NFL season. They are also releasing RB Devontae Booker.

The LA Rams could certainly benefit from adding a veteran to join TE Tyler Higbee. And with so many questions about the Rams’ running attack, adding a healthy veteran running back who could help the team’s rotation would be a wise move right now. Adding either player would only make sense on a team-friendly inexpensive contract.

But the Rams are the defending Super Bowl Champions right now. Perhaps it is an ideal time to push that fact to sign veterans to an inexpensive contract in hopes of earning their own SB ring, right?

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