5 potential SB winners by trading for LA Rams DB Jalen Ramsey
Well, the cat is out of the bag. The LA Rams are now rumored to be taking serious trade calls with other teams over the possibility of trading defensive back Jalen Ramsey this off-season. While that may or may not make much sense to us, the Rams are the type of team that pivots pretty quickly on their relationships with veteran players.
This is a team that fell in love with wide receiver Brandin Cooks, but traded him away to the Houston Texans after signing him to a long term deal with serious guaranteed money. This is the same team that released RB Todd Gurley just two years after riding him to the doorstep of Super Bowl LIII. Today, the LA Rams, just two years after winning Super Bowl LVI, are now fielding trade calls for All-Pro DB Jalen Ramsey. There does appear to be a pattern here, doesn't there?
While this feels like more of the same from the LA Rams, it's not the first time that the Rams have shed key contributors, rallied around new players, and put up a very competitive team. Pehaps, like a snake or caged bird, the Rams simply need to moult in order to transform into their next competitive roster. And this is simply the uncomfortable part right now where all we see is the team shedding players without knowing the plan or what is really in store.
Is this a matter of out with the old and in with the new? Well, the LA Rams are nearly to their first first-round pick of the 2024 NFL Draft. The last time the Rams were this close to a first-rounder, the team had already knocked the NFL for a loop by announcing a trade for veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford. It was that trade that resulted in the LA Rams first round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft conveying to the Detroit Lions.
Regrets? Don't look for any here. The Rams won Super Bowl LVI, after competing in Super Bowl LIII just three years earlier. And after that SB appearance, the Rams moved on from WR Brandin Cooks, RB Tood Gurley, and QB Jared Goff. So it seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
This brings us full circle to the topic at hand. Where exactly will the LA Rams agree to trade DB Jalen Ramsey if they do trade him? If it's a matter of no longer believing that he has 'the stuff,' then any NFL team will do. But if the Rams believe that he still flashes elite coverage skills, then the Rams will want to deal him to an AFC team. In either case, Ramsey's market is to an NFL contender. So which team will it be? We have five in mind. Do you agree? Did we omit anyone?