The LA Rams are certainly willing to move on quickly. If that point was not driven home last season when the team was willing to release a number of contributors mid-season: Including running back Darrell Henderson, then it was absolutely clear when the team traded or released a number of other veteran players this off-season.
This is a 'We, not me,' team right now, and while the team might have strayed from that path in the past, it is firmly on track this season. And so, when LA Rams RB Cam Akers was stunned at the latest developments, that is on him. Despite the lack of background details of recent events, we know that the LA Rams benching of RB Cam Akers for Week 2 was just the tip of the iceberg. The other shoe would drop quickly.
Well, shoe number 2 has in fact come down, and come down hard.
So was this a spontaneous knee-jerk reaction? Apparently not, as the Rams had enough forethought to activate RB Royce Freeman to their game-day roster on Saturday, September 16, 2023.
So it's clear that this was not a response, but an organizational decision to distance the team and the young players on the Rams roster from Cam Akers. So now the question becomes, what could the LA Rams realistically expect in return for him?
Well, to be honest, not very much. Not only has Cam Akers been episodic in his ability to gain yards on the ground, but he now carries a most unwelcome reputation as a locker room distraction. In the current depressed market for NFL running backs, his value is likely pocket change.
That is not to say that some NFL teams won't inquire. There are those NFL teams that are currently trying to deal with their own running back distractions, who could see Akers as a segue for one season until they can draft a more permanent solution.
Perhaps other teams have already had to compensate for an injury at the running back position, and would be willing to absorb Cam Akers on their depth chart for the chance to have more depth early in the 2023 NFL season.
Whatever the future of Cam Akers, one thing is obvious. The Rams featured running back is now Kyren Williams, and Akers has somehow found himself out of a job in this Rams offense.