Since the likelihood of signing Von Miller seemed to be stuck on or about 50 percent, I’d made not of outside linebackers who could come in and make an immediate impact on this LA Rams defense. One such under-the-radar player is outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who was recently released by the New England Patriots.
The encouraging point about Van Noy is that if the LA Rams do commit to signing him, he will not count against any calculations toward awarded compensatory picks in 2023. He has been a dependable and solid defender, capable of setting the edge, rushing the passer, stuffing the run, or defending the pass. He is currently 30 years old and has a lot of games left in him. Since the Rams have Leonard Floyd, Justin Hollins, Terrell Lewis, and Chris Garrett on the roster, they can get by with a strong dependable veteran like Van Noy.
The Kansas City Chiefs swear that a late-season trade for outside linebacker Melvin Ingram changed the entire energy level for that defense. The addition of Ingram allowed the Chiefs to reconfigure their entire defensive front, restoring Chris Jones to defensive tackle vs. defensive end. That allowed Jones to be more effective, which translated into Frank Clark being more effective. That is the snow-ball effect of getting the right player into the right position.
It elevates the play of everyone.
That same domino effect could occur in the Rams give Ingram a chance with the Rams. He signed on with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a one-year $4 million deal that is likely his ceiling for the 2022 NFL season. If the guy shows up and outplays his contract, the Rams will benefit both on the field and in next year’s free agency market. So, why not?