With the Los Angeles Rams making a massive move to acquire Kansas City Chiefs CB Marcus Peters, they’ve managed to solve a big piece in the secondary. That might not necessarily mean that all the work is done though.
With nickel CB Nickell Robey-Coleman scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent and backup CB Troy Hill scheduled to become a restricted free agent (to say nothing of CB Trumaine Johnson’s expiring deal), the Rams have a ton of uncertainty at the position. And that’s before assessing the Achilles and shoulder injuries sustained by Kayvon Webster.
Both NRC and Hill may be brought back - specifically Hill - but that will always depend on price tags. If those guys do not return, the Rams will likely look to the free agency pool to replace them.
Let’s take a look at some options slated to hit the market that the Rams could look at:
Bashaud Breeland, Washington
Breeland is a 26-year old CB who spent all his four NFL years in D.C. That obviously leads to ties with Head Coach Sean McVay and Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach Joe Barry. Breeland has started 57 games the past four years and has registered 60 pass deflections as well as eight interceptions. He’s likely to command a second-tier contract.
Sosa’s take: I would highly favor this move. Breeland would offer a solid option as a second CB, and I don’t believe that he’d necessarily cost too much. An addition like this would also cause minimum concerns as the Rams coaching staff have a lot of familiarity with Breeland.
Aaron Colvin, Jacksonville Jaguars
Colvin is also a 26-year old who’s spent his four years in Jacksonville. Colvin has primarily been an Nickel CB sandwiched between two of the best perimeter CB’s in football in Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. Colvin has totaled 14 pass deflections and no interceptions through four years.
Sosa’s take: Lukewarm. Colvin is a really solid player, but I believe he performs better as a Nickel CB as opposed to a boundary CB. The Rams already have a very good Nickel CB in NRC, so I’d prefer they just re-signed NRC in that regard.
Ross Cockrell, New York Giants
Cockrell like the other two, is also 26 years old. He’s spent time with the Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers, and most recently, the Giants. Cockrell has bounced from playing on the perimeter as well as in the Nickel, totaling 36 pass deflections and five interceptions.
Sosa’s take: This would be an interesting addition. I’m not sure that Cockrell would necessarily be worth starting as a second CB, but he offers versatility in being able to play inside and outside. I think he’s a better zone scheme CB, but he could be a low key awesome add as a cheap option with potential to start.
Other options: Rashaan Melvin (IND), Prince Amukamara (CHI), Morris Claiborne (NYJ)
Sosa’s take: In order on the remainder CB’s, I’d go Amukamara, Claiborne, Melvin. Amukamara is the safest option as he’s been in the league for a while and has always been a solid CB at every stop. Claiborne has more variance to his career being a very high first round pick, though most-recently struggled in New York and has had injury issues. Melvin may be coming off the best year of the bunch, though he’s a guy who may cash in more than the Rams are ready to spend.
Those aren’t the only options obviously as the CB free agent pool is quite flooded with players, but those are the guys I’d most likely keep my tabs on. If the Rams continue to look to make a playoff push, they will look towards improving and strengthening the depth of Phillips’ defense.