Players That Should Be Back
1. S Jordan Fuller
To be clear, "should" and "will" are different conversations entirely. It sounds like the Rams aren't expecting Fuller to return, which is a shame – he was one of LA's most consistent players on defense: only cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon played more snaps than Fuller. He also had a bounce-back season – and one of the better seasons of his career – in 2023. Replacing that level of consistenty will be difficult, even without considering how he was a team captain. He's probably not coming back, but he should.
2. DT Aaron Donald
Donald's talked about retirement before, and while there hasn't been any clear indication made yet about what his plans are for next season, for the benefit of every Rams fan and casual NFL watcher, Donald should return. And for what it's worth, he's still got it: PFF ranked Donald as the 2nd-best interior defensive lineman this season, and while he's not really reaching double-digit sacks anymore, he was nominated to his 10th straight Pro Bowl this year. And while Pro Bowls aren't exactly the best measure for talent, consider this: through the decade he's played in the NFL, he's never not made one – ever. That's insane. He should be back in 2023.