LA Rams will work the NFL Waiver Wire extensively this offseason
By Bret Stuter
Even now that the 2023 NFL Draft is in the NFL history books, the LA Rams are not quite topped out with a 90-man roster. By my account, they are at 85 and may be content to remain there. Or this team could do an occasion drip-drop pace addition via a Rams free agency signing. But for the most part, this Rams roster is what it is.
Well, until it isn't.
One of the perks that the LA Rams discovered during the 2022 NFL season is the fact that the NFL Waiver Wire can be a valuable resource. Claiming quarterback Baker Mayfield is just one example of how the Rams used a horrible year, and the subsequent high priority on the NFL Waiver Wire, to claim a player no longer wanted by another NFL team but who made an upgrade for the Rams roster.
The Rams are open to adding players from other teams now, it seems.
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And it's the gift that keeps on giving, as the Rams will likely benefit from an awarded compensatory pick in the 2024 NFL Draft as well. If memory serves me correctly, the Rams were awarded several players in 2022 via the NFL Waiver Wire who contributed to the team.
Now, the LA Rams free agency has one of the highest priorities in the NFL, sixth, on waived players. That is the best waiver priority since the team hired Sean McVay to lead this team as the head coach. The experience of losing 12 games in 2022 was certainly not a pleasant one. But the truth is that moving to the head of the line, or nearly to it, for the Rams free agency signing of discarded players does take the sting away.
The Rams seem to be adept at finding players. But when it comes to signing free agents to new contracts, well the results have not been great. That is why I believe that the Rams will take full advantage of their preferred waiver wire status and add as many as five players from the NFL Waiver wire to their 53-man roster.
The LA Rams are going to be thinking outside of the box quite a bit this year. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.