4 trade scenarios that are possible before LA Rams roster cuts

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The LA Rams are sitting on a stockpile of talent at some positions, and perhaps not as much as desired at other NFL positions. That’s all well and good, at least until the Rams face the daunting task of shaving their 80-player roster down to 53 players to carry into and through the 2022 NFL season.

This time of year, the urgency is on the front office to shave that roster, sometimes through any means necessary, in the effort to get down to the NFL-mandate roster limit before the deadline. In previous seasons, the team has overshot the mark, as the NFL waiver wire is ripe with situational and niche role players who are free handouts for an NFL team with the right fit.

The Rams roster feels a bit more robust this year than in previous seasons. While the team may have a need to infuse additional talent in the future, the front office has certainly done an excellent job of stockpiling significant talent on the Rams roster. Whereas previous years’ decisions have been about who to keep after 45-50 obvious choices to make the roster, this year’s decisions will be about cutting from 60 or so players who are good enough to play a rotational role on this team

Even as the team faces roster cuts, it is a perfect time to pick up the phone and make some calls to other NFL teams to see if there is interest in Rams players who may not make this roster. Why would other teams entertain the idea to trade for a player who may be waived within hours? To ensure that they get that player, who could fit a key roster need, that’s why.

Scenario IV: OT Bobby Evans to the Dallas Cowboys

The LA Rams have been grooming backup offensive tackle A.J. Arcuri this offseason, with the expected goal to move on from veteran OT Bobby Evans this year. But Evans, while not a fit for the Rams, could find renewed vigor if he had a chance to play closer to his home.

The Cowboys are in need of depth on the offensive line, and they would benefit remarkably from the experience and versatility of swing tackle Bobby Evans. While he may not present an NFL resume to land a starting offensive line position, he has remarkable value as a plug-n-play offensive lineman who can cover up to four different positions.

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With the Cowboys’ offensive line injury to Tyron Smith, a player with Evans’s background would be a valued addition and would enable the team to commit to other positions as they whittle down their roster.