Former LA Rams RB Malcolm Brown signs with Saints
By Bret Stuter
Sometimes I wonder how the decision-making process works for the LA Rams. I can’t argue with the results, and heaven forbid I know full well that I could never hold a candle to how effectively the LA Rams have built a successful roster over the years.
But the LA Rams running back room has questions. Not just the type of question that questions who will be the featured running back. I’m talking about the effectiveness of the LA Rams’ rushing attack. The team was the 25th-ranked rushing offense in 2021, was the 23rd-ranked rushing offense in terms of yards per rush, and the team allowed their best running back, veteran Sony Michel, to walk away in free agency.
When we say best, we mean that he accounted for more than 50 percent of the team’s total rushing yards in the 2021 NFL season and that he ran better than their 4.0 yards per run average. So that means that the Rams running backs, rehabbed, injured, or healthy, have a lot of ground to make up for this season (pun intended).
Maybe Malcolm Brown?
The LA Rams had plenty of time to contact and negotiate a deal with former power running back Malcolm Brown. Even though he signed on with the Dolphins a year ago, that didn’t work out and he was a free agent once more. While he should not be confused as the guy who would single-handedly fix the Rams’ rushing offense, he was both familiar with the team and productive in running, receiving, and blocking.
But if the Rams had any interest in re-signing Malcolm Brown, they didn’t let it show. Instead, they remained on the sidelines and he has now signed with the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints love to add running backs who have a knack for working out of the backfield to become another receiver, and Malcolm Brown fits that niche to a tee.
I can’t argue with the results of how the LA Rams decide who to sign to their roster. But I was a bit hopeful that Malcolm Brown would have been a former player to re-sign with the team.