4 LA Rams players who could be cut after the 2023 NFL Draft

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Defensive back

While Jordan Fuller makes a lot of sense to start for the LA Rams 2023 NFL season, he comes with a risk. The LA Rams need durable players, and while I love the upside of defensive back Jordan Fuller, and truly believe that his leadership in the secondary is vital, even I concede that his inability to stay healthy and remain on the football field does have a noticeable negative impact on the performance of the team.

Since the LA Rams added defensive back Jordan Fuller with the 199th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, he has been a starting safety for the team. But of the 50 games that he has had the opportunity to compete in, he has played in only 31 games, and started just 29 of those contests. Worse yet, He only showed up for three games in the 2022 NFL season, and started just one contest.

Not so safe safety

While Fuller's 2023 salary cap cost of $2.785 million is not overly pricey or out of line for his role, he now sits as the eighth most expensive player on the Rams roster for the 2023 NFL season. And coming off a season in which he competed in just 91 defensive snaps, the Rams could turn his way if they need to shed some additional cap space.

No, his performance when healthy does not deserve to be released. But the performances of ILB Bobby Wagner, OLB Leonard Floyd, or DB Jalen Ramsey did not warrant parting ways with any of them either. In the end, it came down to the money. And you needn't be a CPA to understand that nearly $2.8 million for 91 defensive snaps is not a good return on investment.

The LA Rams haven't much of a choice at the moment, as the Rams roster is threadbare in the secondary at the moment. But if the LA Rams invest in a safety on Day 2, or draft two safeties in the 2023 NFL Draft, do not be surprised if Jordan Fuller does not end up on the initial 53-man roster.