LA Rams feel like they have a blockbuster trade in them this offseason

Los Angeles Rams, Sean Mcvay, Les Snead
Los Angeles Rams, Sean Mcvay, Les Snead / Wesley Hitt/GettyImages

The LA Rams are not shy about making incredibly bold moves in the offseason, and their willing to spend Round 1 draft picks before the NFL Draft arrives is simply the most obvious evidence of that fact. Sometimes the team's front office is able to acquire their targeted player, sometimes not. Sometimes the team's front office is able to extend those valuable players, sometimes not.

But it's safe to say that after going on a slim-fast salary cap diet throughout the 2023 NFL season, and still ending up as the NFC's sixth-seeded team, the kid gloves are off for this team once more. And even before Rams GM Les Snead previewed the team's off-season plans, one thing is certain, the Rams riverboat gambling GM has a new stake and is back at the blackjack table once more.

"Let us say, we are not going to be scared to try to go win a gold medal."

Rams GM Les Snead

2023 was a unique season for Rams GM Les Snead. Unlike other seasons in which he was tasked with finding, signing, and retaining players to keep the team competitive, he was given the unusual task of shedding, trading, and cutting players to get the team's payroll down to a manageable level.

As a result, the team parted ways with ILB Bobby Wagner, OLB Leonard Floyd, DB Jalen Ramsey, and WR Allen Robinson, all of whom were above and beyond the normal attrition of expiring contracts. At the time, the team professed that the actions in 2023 were merely to set the team up to make bold moves in 2024.

Well, here we are in 2024, and Les Snead is revisiting trading up in the 2016 NFL Draft to acquire quarterback Jared Goff with the first overall pick of the draft.

Will the Rams be moving up in the 2024 NFL Draft to acquire a future franchise quarterback?

Before you answer that, consider this. The Rams have often played the part of white knight, rolling in to trade for a player whose salary situation with their team had devolved to the point where the future of that player on that team's roster is very much in doubt.

Are the LA Rams, a team armed with first round picks for the foreseeable future, willing to part ways with those picks to acquire another game-changing young talent? Several players appear to be on the trade block this offseason.

The LA Rams are not going to be scared to try and win a gold medal. Does that mean trading up in the 2024 NFL Draft to land an elite prospect at left tackle, edge rusher, or shutdown cornerback? Or does it mean surveying the NFL Trade market for a top-tier veteran at one of those positions?

We know that the Rams have not hesitated to trade for a player who they felt could be an instant upgrade. Now we simply have to wait to see if the team believes such an opportunity exists in 2024.

Personally, I think the team will unleash the wheeler and dealer version of Les Snead this year. Stay tuned . . .