The Los Angeles Rams had an obvious need at the front of the line heading into the 2018 offseason: finding a CB1 with CB Trumaine Johnson all but certain to leave in free agency. General Manager Les Snead was able to scratch that one off the list with the trade for Kansas City Chiefs CB Marcus Peters now just awaiting a signature in two weeks.
So now what?
At SB Nation proper, the team has a rundown of the biggest position of need for every NFL team to target in FA. For the Rams post-Peters, it’s looking like the consensus is building:
Los Angeles Rams: Interior offensive line
How they got here: The offensive line improvements the Rams made over the 2017 offseason were the primary reason the offense was so dang good last year. Center John Sullivan and guard Jamon Brown are both hitting free agency, so the team has to decide whether to retain them or look for quality replacement.
Who they could target: The Rams would be wise to keep Sullivan, and they could upgrade the guard spot with someone like Justin Pugh, who won’t be cheap but won’t even come close to breaking the bank.
I think heading toward March 14, the biggest issue now is cap management. The Rams are looking at about $45m in cap availability. Much of that will, assuredly, go to re-signing their priority free agents. A chunk has to go to a back-heavy 2018 NFL Draft class. So there’s not a ton of space to go after major free agents, but there should be space for one. I think the question is which position and which target they go after. Pugh would be a fine option FWIW, but it’s a big market.