Winning Super Bowl LVI has given the LA Rams a bit of respectability among NFL analysts and players. While that credibility did not help the team re-sign OLB Von Miller, it has been part of the intrigue that led both WR Allen Robinson and ILB Bobby Wagner to sign with the team.
So far, contracts that have been signed are fairly team-friendly. That is, much of the compensation is shifted into future years, where the salary cap is expected to grow substantially. Until then, the Rams have added some substantial talent to their already impressive roster.
But is there room for one more? Perhaps more? That is the current Rams rumor, and while it makes sense in the grand scheme of the team’s roster, fit, and need, the source is far less credible than say.. @RapSheet or @AdamSchefter.
But a FanSided Podcaster by the name of Shaad McGinnis is suggesting that the LA Rams have come a’calling on Honey Badger, DB Tyrann Mathieu. And that same Rams rumor suggests that there is mutual interest.
So why should we trust him?
Well, there are several theories. One is the age-old adage that even a broken clock is correct twice a day. But he was fairly hot on the trail of the LA Rams and the Bobby Wagner, as this Tweet confirms. The Rams ultimately did sign the All-Pro Wagner, but the news of the two sides reaching that agreement did not become public until March 31, 2022.
The Rams-Wagner link was fairly public information, as Wagner met with the Rams on or about the time that the Tweet above surfaced. And to be fair, after Bobby Wagner met with several teams, tweets from fans showered social media with the guesswork that a deal with that team was imminent.
There is no such confirmed team meeting or public reports of interest from the Rams from other sources right now. But there is no denying that the Rams do have a need for a veteran defensive back, and the 5-foot-9 190-pound Mathieu has been honored as a three-time Pro Bowler and a three-time All-Pro. The LA Rams front office loves to add game-changers.
We’ll keep this rumor on the radar for now. Mathieu would be an ideal safety addition to a defense that just solidified the run defense in the middle, and a player like Honey Badger would give the Rams defense elite defenders all over the field of play. It’s just that this story has emerged from nowhere, and far too many teams have been linked to Mathieu so far. This could simply be false hope for the next NFL team in the queue.
For now, we’ll call this one a wait-and-see narrative.