WR Sammy Watkins will sign a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs tomorrow when free agency opens. While fans seem split about whether or not the trade was worth it in the end, the Los Angeles Rams do have options in free agency that might not replace Watkins but could certainly supplement the current depth chart.
Here are a couple of names to consider:
WR Marqise Lee
Easy to see this one. He’s still in the thick of his career, and would bring the Inglewood native home to reunite him with WR Robert Woods who played together at USC in 2011 and 2012 and went to high school together at Junípero Serra High School in Gardena.
WR Albert Wilson
So scratch him off your shopping list.
WR Terrelle Pryor
Pryor’s one-year deal in Washington didn’t go as well as he had hoped. Unlike WR Alshon Jeffery who was able to parlay his one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles into a multi-year extension (4-yr, $52m, $27m guaranteed), Pryor’s year in DC underwhelmed with just 20 receptions for 240 yards and one touchdown from 37 targets in nine games one season after he put up 77 catches and four TDs on 140 targets for 1,007 yards with the Cleveland Browns. If you’re looking for a career rebirth, Sean McVay and the Rams’ offense would be a pretty inviting destination.
WR Paul Richardson
Coming off of a breakout season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2017...and also went to high school with Woods and Lee.
WR Jordan Matthews
Had three productive years with the Eagles, but injuries plagued him last year after getting traded to the Buffalo Bills. Still just 25-years old.
WR Taylor Gabriel
He wasn’t the most productive member of the Atlanta Falcons’ receiving corps, but there’s upside there. His 2016 season offers more hope than last year’s does, but I’m not sure how he’d fit with the Rams.
WR Dontrelle Inman
Tall and lanky, Inman had a breakout 2016 with the then-San Diego Chargers but fell out of favor last season. After being traded to the Chicago Bears, he had some decent performances in their lackluster offense.
WR Kendall Wright
Would be a rational deep threat option to add in Watkins’ wake. At 28-years old, have to wonder how many years he can continue to hit his top speed.
WR Brice Butler
Was a solid rotational piece with the Dallas Cowboys. Isn’t a Watkins replacement by any means, but if you’re looking to fill out a depth chart at this point you could do worse.
WR Tavon Austin