Latest B/R blockbuster trade proposal puts Rams in NFC West driver seat

GM Les Snead,  Los Angeles Rams
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NFL trades that occur around the summer training camps are a pretty big deal, if for no other reason than the fact that they are so rare. Blockbuster NFL trades at this time of year are almost non-existent. After NFL front offices have gone to great lengths to restock rosters via the annual NFL Free Agent market and NFL Drafts, they begin the grueling task of preparing for the next NFL season.

Whether or not the Las Vegas Raiders earn a berth in the 2025 NFL Playoffs, I believe that anyone would be hard pressed to convince their team that they should abandon 2024 and plan to compete for postseason competition next season. The Raiders have plenty of reasons to feel optimistic right now.

So too do the LA Rams have plenty of matters to resolve in the present tense. Not only does the team need to smooth over contract matters with starting QB Matthew Stafford, but at some point in time, the front office will turn to extend players. ILB Ernest Jones and OT Alaric Jackson are two players who I would be thrilled to learn of multi-year extensions in place.

Would Davante Adams be a welcome addition to the Rams roster? Of course, if he simply walked in off the streets. But for a Round 1 pick in the 2025 NFL Draft? Everything inside of me screams tap the brakes on that amount of compensation. It's excessive, and particularly so in light of the fact that Adams is well up in years. Unless your name is Jerry Rice, the number of years remaining with the likelihood for 1000 receiving yards for Davante Adams is shrinking.

Neither team is motivated to make any effort to do this deal. In the end, the concept is cute. But the reality is built upon yesteryear's strategy, not present day strategy.

Grading this Trade Proposal: F