No time like the present
In any investment strategy, or economics strategy, the key to success is to invest when you are in an ideal position to withstand failure. Or if you are considering financing a new home or new car, you may have already learned that banks tend to loan the money to customers who need it the least.
In terms of applying those adages to the Rams roster building strategy, the comparison is simple and direct. The Rams can survive an attempt to draft a future franchise quarterback in the 2024 NFL Draft that fails. While that is not an ideal scenario, it is one that the Rams front office has to consider in terms of timing their next move.
There are several areas that have historically been difficult for the Rams front office to justify spending money on: Safeties, interior offensive linemen, and backup quarterbacks. If the Rams do invest in a backup quarterback, that player has been on a downturn in their NFL career, are willing to play at or nearly at the NFL minimum, and they use their experience with the Rams offense to springboard back into the range of quarterbacks.
The Rams were able to work magic with veteran QB Baker Mayfield. The Rams were able to work magic with veteran QB Carson Wentz. But the Rams need more than a partial year rental at their backup quarterback position. Eventually, the Rams will need to sign a quality backup to the position, but none will be available.
The obvious solution is to add a talented but relatively inexpensive quarterback in the draft. That will provide the Rams with a young man who will be contracted for at least four seasons, delivers the emergency go-to guy should Stafford get injured, and gives the Rams plenty of time to tweak their roster and playbook to optimize the chances of success for Staffords eventual successor.