7 players that make complete sense for LA Rams to extend quickly

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Inexpensive offensive weapons

In terms of his ability to come off the bench to win a hotly contested game, there is quite the debate over the LA Rams’ backup quarterback John Wolford. He can surprise defenses with his mobility and fearlessness. If defenses have time to plan to stop him, his chances to win a game decline.

But in terms of running the scout teams, working with backups in training camp, and running practices the way head coach Sean McVay likes it, nobody does it better or cheaper than John Wolford. That is enough for the Rams to extend him for one more season.

With his status in this year’s NFL Free Agency market as an ERFA, the Rams can compel him to re-sign for the minimal amount. That should work out to less than $1 million, and is reason enough for the Rams to bring him back for one more year. What-you-see-is-what-you-get in Wolford. He’s not thrown a touchdown pass in his NFL career yet, but he has thrown two interceptions. That may not be that impressive, but the LA Rams did use him in relief of starting quarterback Mathew Stafford in the fourth quarter of two games.

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More Mundt, please?

While the LA Rams did everything necessary to win the Super Bowl in 2021, the offense seemed to be a bit wobbly at times after the injury to backup tight end Johnny Mundt. The Rams were only able to play him in six games in 2021, but the offense seemed to purr while he was able to take the football field.

Coach McVay loves to place Mundt all over the football field, lining him up in the backfield, tightly compacted with offensive linemen, wide off the ball, in the power back, H-back, Y-back, and split end positions. While Mundt is known for his blocking skills, he has caught 10 of 13 passes thrown his way, and he can deliver a crucial first down to keep the offense on the field.

While the Rams can protect their rights to extend Mundt by offering him a qualifying tender offer, I would expect that the LA Rams would ultimately end up with a minimum two-year deal for about $3 million.  I believe that Sean McVay will want the flexibility in the offense that Mundt provides, and that the Rams can retain that ‘duct tape of the offense’ at a relatively inexpensive cost.