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NFL Trade Deadline: Rams Hold Candidates for Late Moves

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The Rams employ a couple of players who might be in the mix as we near the trade deadline today.

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The NFL trade deadline is today at 4pm ET. We know that this is probably the weakest trade market in professional sports for various reasons, but occasionally (hi, Percy Harvin!) a big move comes along that shakes things up for the franchises involved.

Here are three Rams who have been floated around in various articles this week:

Zac Stacy

Why this makes sense

Stacy has slid from an unquestioned starter and workhorse role into a three-headed running back committee. At this point, he may have more market value then immediate value to the Rams.

Why this doesn't make sense

Even if Stacy does hold more market value than inherent value...it wouldn't be much. The position just doesn't merit top value in 2014 and beyond at least for the near future. So at best, the Rams would be looking at a day three pick. Considering the barrage of injuries the Rams endured on Sunday, it's worth bearing in mind that the RB corps has remained healthy all season. So a scenario later in the season that involved a serious injury to Benny Cunningham or Tre Mason isn't unreasonable. One would think Stacy's value to the team at that point would be incredibly high. So I'm not putting a ton of stock into this.

Who said it

This one came from a flimsy Jason LaCanfora mention that suggested it was "likely they fielded some calls about his availability." Likelihood doesn't mean much.

Chances of it happening

2/10. Not a lot of meat in this stew.

Jared Cook

Why this makes sense

He's already been paid in full for 2014, so any buyers wouldn't have to worry about investing in an unknown product this year. The key is that for the next three years, unlike this year in which he earned $3m, Cook's in line to be paid $7m per season. This may be a move that the Rams push more than the case of any interested team coming to them.

Why this doesn't make sense

Cook led the Rams in receptions, receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns in 2013, tying Chris givens for the team lead in targets; this season, he's tops again in receptions, holds the lead alone in targets and is second in receiving yards. The Ram ahead of him in that stat? Brian Quick, who the Rams will be without for the rest of the season. Cook's departure combined with Quick's injury would deplete the Rams' receiving options to a significant degree.

Who said it

More speculation from LaCanfora as well as this piece from Grantland's Bill Burwell.

Chances of it happening

3/10. I just don't see how the Rams would be willing to go with an offense for 2014 without Brian Quick and Jared Cook.

Kendall Langford

Why this makes sense

Langford has been squeezed out of the rotation playing roughly half of the defensive snaps in 2014 on a downward trend. He logged just one third of the defensive work against Seattle. Given the ascendance of Aaron Donald, the Rams aren't as desperate for Langford as they were when they signed him back in 2012. Plus, I'm not sure the Rams are getting full value from a guy who's on a $5m 2014 salary and on the hook for $6m next year.

Why this doesn't make sense

Letting Langford walk would leave just Alex Carrington as the sole reserve behind Michael Brockers and Donald. The only DT on the practice squad is Matt Conrath. For a team that struggled so mightily to get pressure for the first third of the season, letting Langford go without an adequate replacement is pretty risky. And as I laid out above, the value per salary may not be on the level; what team is going to want to pick up a 28-year-old DT with that being the case?

Who said it

This one came on the back of much more substance with this tweet from NFL Network & .com reporter Ian Rapoport:

Chances of it happening

5/10. There's at least some "there" there with this one. I'm still holding back from bumping this one into the likelihood arena above 5 out of 10, but you can't deny that if there's interest from multiple teams, this at least leads the pack as of this morning.