The announcement of the Los Angeles Rams’ 53-man roster held some surprises for fans. Most notably, the players that were cut (CB Mike Jordan, OL Cody Wichmann and OL Jake Eldrenkamp, etc...) immediately brought up questions about what free agents the Rams are thinking about bringing in to improve the roster.
S T.J. Ward, Denver Broncos
Probably the biggest name to make the cut list, Ward is a three-time Pro Bowl safety that was most likely deemed to be expendable because of his age and contract (his preseason hamstring injury didn’t help his case). But at 30 years of age, Ward still has a lot to offer especially given his experience working with Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips:
Been told to keep eye on T.J. Ward to #Rams if Broncos let him walk.— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) September 2, 2017
Multiple teams would be interested.
Check out Sosa’s piece about this possible acquisition for the Rams.
OG Alex Boone, Minnesota Vikings
Set to make 6.6 million this season, the 14 games Boone played last year didn’t help the offensive line play of the Vikings and he was plagued with injury issues all preseason — so, his departure isn’t a shocker. However, he’s still a high-profile player that could help a team with OL issues like the Rams. There’s plenty of salary cap concerns that might make this free-agent signing a pipe dream, but still possible.
OG John Greco, Cleveland Browns
A versatile OL that played center and guard for the Browns, Greco has been in Cleveland since 2011, but didn’t fit into their plans at the ripe age of 32. He’s healthy after a Lisfranc injury from last year, so he will most likely find a home quickly. Greco could be a nice piece for the Rams to add depth to their OL.
C/RT J.J. Dielman, Cincinnati Bengals
Another player to be plagued with a Lisfranc foot injury, the rookie fifth-round draft pick was unable to make the Bengals roster. Dielman was a captain for his team at Utah and could be a legitimate backup option to Rams C John Sullivan. He also played right tackle in college, so there’s that.
RB Matt Jones, Washington
The second-year player was released by Washington as the fumble-prone RB fell to the bottom of Washington’s depth chart. With a history with Rams Head Coach Sean McVay, Jones is subject to waivers and could be brought in to compete with RB Justin Davis and RB Malcolm Brown.