SI Albert Breer: LA Rams rumors selling DBs at NFL Trade Deadline?
By Bret Stuter
Another wide receiver?
A recent CBS Sports article named Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marvin Jones as a player who could be on the trading block. Since the LA Rams seem to be interested in reuniting with players who continue to perform well with new teams, who better to reunite with Rams QB Matthew Stafford that his former fast receiver? Jones stands 6-foot-2, weighs 199-pounds, and flashes a 4.40-second 40-yard dash time.
Whatever thoughts the Rams are using to justify an attempt to re-acquire WR Brandin Cooks could just as easily be applied to justify getting Marvin Jones. I don’t believe it’s a need, but the Rams seem t believe WR is a need, so why not Jones?
More trade deadline options
Offensive tackle: CBS Sports has a trade target article that names a player for each NFL team, and names Patriots OT Isaiah Wynn as a prime target for the LA Rams. While I believe that the Rams will not pull the trigger on a trade for a backup offensive lineman, particularly one who is fighting through a shoulder injury, stranger things have happened.
The Rams roster is healing, and the team has just returned offensive center Brian Allen to the starting lineup. Unless the Rams suffer another injury to an offensive lineman, I don’t see a trade for a position where the Rams have already signed three free agents.
Running back: That same CBS Sports article names Detroit Lions RB Jamaal Williams as a player who should be on the trading block. Could the LA Rams – Detroit Lions connection come through again, sending RB Cam Akers and a pick to the Lions for RB Jamaal Williams? Williams is a stud running back and is in the final year of his current contract. He stands 6-foot-0 and weighs a hefty 224-pounds. Best of all, he is a solid rotational piece who is dangerous either running or catching the football.
Edge rusher: Yes, that same article has the Colts placing DE Yannick Ngakoue on the trading block in his final contract year, and would he ever be a welcome to the Rams pass rush this season. In seven years of NFL play, Ngakoue has racked up 59.0 quarterback sacks, which averages more than eight sacks per season. The LA Rams are earnestly searching for help at getting to the quarterback, and Ngakoue’s pass rush is second nature.
The Colts are in need of picks to rebuild next season. Ngakoue could be that player who can put the Rams back into the heart of another Super Bowl run.