Rams taking QB succession seriously if new hires are a clue to team's 2024 strategy

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Now, here's why it makes complete sense

The LA Rams shy away from signing free agents, as the addition of those players can negate potential awards of future compensatory draft picks in next year's draft. But for players who have been released from their contracts, there are no offsets to take into consideration. Right now, free agent quarterbacks who have no compensatory draft pick considerations are QB Carson Wentz (the team's free agent QB) and recently cut QB Mitch Trubisky,

I don't see the Rams doing anything in the 2024 NFL Free Agent to jeopardize any future awarded compensatory draft picks. WIth that in mind, the most feasible options for the team to address the backup quarterback role this year falls into three categories:

  • Option I - Draft a backup. If the Rams are content to developing a second tier quarterback like South Carolina QB Spencer Rattler or Maryland QB Taulia Tagovailoa, this could make the most sense.|
  • Option II - Go as is. If the team discovers that Stetson Bennett is passionately prepared to return and compete for the role in 2024, this could be an option.
  • Option III - Shop the later stage NFL free agency market. I do not see much demand for either Carson Wentz or Mitchell Trubisky in the 2024 offseason.

The Rams investment into coaches who have developed NFL quarterbacks has a two-tier benefit. The most obvious is having a coaching staff that is fully prepared to work with young quarterback from the 2024 NFL Draft.

But how can you overlook the comfort levels of players who succeeded when working with a specific coach, and how that can be a compelling reason for a player to choose to go in the Rams' direction? For that matter, you have to view the hiring of Dave Ragone as the team's new QB coach as a coach who casts the deciding vote.

The LA Rams have more options for the backup quarterback position than many realize, and the team has already prepared to optimize the performance whichever quarterback is added to the roster.

I don't have a great feel for what the team will do, but I am now leaning away from the team chasing a rookie quarterback in Day 1 or 2 in the 2024 NFL Draft. There will be affordable quality quarterbacks in the free agency market after the first wave this year. In short, the Rams may be thin at the quarterback position right now. But just as the team addressed the RB position last year, I think that the team will saturate the quarterback position this year.

Stay tuned, it's starting to get interesting. And as always, thank you for reading.