The Los Angels Rams made a splash move in free agency Thursday by signing WR Allen Robinson to a reported three-year $45 million deal. Robinson, the former Bear, adds size (6’2”, 220) to an already deep and talented wide receiver room. The Rams are returning NFL Offensive Player of the Year and triple crown winner, Cooper Kupp.
In addition, Robert Woods, who is coming off an ACL injury, and Van Jefferson return as talented starters. They are also expected to resign Odell Beckham Jr., who is coming off an ACL tear in the Super Bowl and will not be ready until midseason. Adding Beckham is not a done deal. If he were to return as expected, it would make for a Wide receiver room that if five deep. In addition, the Rams also have depth players like WR Ben Skowronek and last year’s second-round pick WR Tutu Atwell. (Atwell is also coming off a season-ending injury).
What Does This Mean?
It is unlikely that the Rams would keep this many receivers and keep so much money tied up in the position. Could it mean they could not reach an agreement with OBJ? Or could it mean a trade is in the works?
Some have thought the latter option—a trade—is in the works. It is conceivable that the Rams could send one of their veteran receivers for picks. Robert Woods or Van Jefferson would be the likely candidates. Would the Vikings and new head coach (and former Rams offensive coordinator) Kevin O’Connell be interested? One of these offensive weapons could help install the offense in Minnesota. Or could the Falcons, bereft of offensive weapons and in the running for QB Deshawn Watson, look to add one of these playmakers?
The Rams still have holes on defense, needing pass rush help after failing to resign OLB Von Miller (who signed with the Bills) and DL Sebastian Joseph Day who signed with the Chargers. They also lost CB Darious Williams to the Jaguars and chose to move on from LB Troy Reeder, likely needing to add another linebacker.
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