The Los Angeles Rams made an expected move today by cutting CB Kayvon Webster.
Rams released veteran CB Kayvon Webster, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 6, 2018
Added some CBs, and now subtract one.
For Webster and the Rams, it all comes down to unfortunate timing. Webster was playing relatively well when he ruptured his Achilles tendon against the Philadelphia Eagles. That’s not a small injury for a CB, and usually has a 6-8 month recovery window.
Partially due to that injury, the Rams entered the offseason with considerable question marks at the CB position. Trumaine Johnson’s status was unknown after consecutive franchise tags, Nickell Robey-Coleman was an unrestricted free agent, and the Rams had little experienced depth behind them.
Then came the trades for Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. They immediately stepped into the starting positions and the Rams re-signed NRC to be their slot corner in 2018. The Rams expressed confidence in the late season performances of Troy Hill and seemed happy to let him have a slightly larger role moving forward.
But even after those moves, the Rams seemed content to hold on to Webster. It wasn’t until the Rams signed Ndomakong Suh and traded for Brandin Cooks that they started to feel the heat against the salary cap. It was after those two acquisitions that cutting Webster seemed inevitable.
The Rams needed cap space and were suddenly flush with CBs. The move made sense from a financial and depth chart perspective. Here’s wishing Webster a speedy recovery and successful job search in the coming weeks.