As if Los Angeles Rams’ General Manager Les Snead didn’t already have an incredibly busy and active week, there was more maneuvering done behind the scenes than just the three trades he executed. Reportedly, Snead offered cornerback Marcus Peters to the Cleveland Browns in the hopes of securing the services of offensive guard Joel Bitonio, but the Browns declined:
Sources: Rams' offer for Browns' Joel Bitonio sparked a flurry of trades last week.https://t.co/jwwYZo6BEF— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 20, 2019
Peters was originally drafted by General Manager John Dorsey, who is now the GM with the Browns, though he passed up on the chance to reunite with Peters. Though, as Schefter mentions, it did spark the trade for offensive lineman Austin Corbett,
Ultimately, the Rams did get offensive line help in the form of a young but underperforming player who oozes potential, and the Browns recouped draft capital and let a guy that disappointed have an opportunity for a fresh start.
That trade allowed the Rams to continue shopping Peters, with Snead then calling the Baltimore Ravens and securing a deal. The return of the fifth-round draft pick — in addition to inside linebacker Kenny Young — allowed the Rams the ammo needed to call the Jacksonville Jaguars back, and complete the deal for cornerback Jalen Ramsey.