Per a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Los Angeles Rams could be shopping veterans in hopes of freeing cap space to potentially make another trade:
Sources: Rams open to dealing Aqib Talib, other veterans to free up payroll to try to pay Jalen Ramsey.https://t.co/2SiUkIs3Yn— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2019
This is what Schefter said in the article:
The Rams still could be open to moving on from veteran players in the last year of their contracts as part of an effort to free up more money for a player like Jalen Ramsey
Now, we’re not entirely sure what that means. It could mean one of two things: First, it could mean the Rams are trying to free up cap space to pay Ramsey, though that doesn’t really make any sense, or it could mean the Rams are trying to free up cap space to acquire another player LIKE Ramsey, and that makes a lot more sense.
Cornerback Aqib Talib was the one name Schefter mentioned in the article as a potential player on the move, and even stated the Rams shopped Talib and asked him if he preferred to be dealt last week, though Talib declined.
The ability to trade Talib would likely be tough as he’s currently on injured reserve, and won’t be eligible to return until Week 16, giving whoever his new team is only two games of service (and more if the playoffs are in the conversation).
Moving Talib would free up roughly $4m in cap space, though we don’t exactly know what the Rams would use it for.
The potential to trade for another impact player makes sense, particularly at positions like offensive line, inside linebacker, defensive line, or even another cornerback.
Stay tuned for updates.