There is a lot of free-agent questions regarding the franchise as they have many free agents and only $15-20 million in projected salary cap room. So, the Rams have to be picky and also a little lucky in free agency,
Thus, as much as a Whitworth return seems likely, the Rams have to be prepared. What if a contender wows Whitworth with a big deal the Rams can’t match? Until he officially signs back with the team, it is not a sure thing that the massive left tackle will be back in 2020.
So, if that happens, the Rams will be scrambling to find a replacement. There are some veteran options out there, although none would be as cool as Whitworth, who has become a face of the team during the move back to L.A. He’s a huge part of the franchise and the community that he deserves to don the horns at SoFi Stadium.
But, for now, back to the options:
Jason Peters: He’s similar to Whitworth in experience. He has been a longtime standout for the Eagles. Like Whitworth, Peters is 38. He is entering his 17th season and could be an affordable short-term option.
Jared Veldheer: He wants to play. He is only 32 and he has good experience so could be an inexpensive stop-gap answer.
Trent Williams: I’m only mentioning him because I’d be asked if he wasn’t on the list if I didn’t. He would cost too much in a trade and in salary. It’s not a great fit that way along with big-ticket free agents Jake Conklin and Anthony Castonzo.
Kelvin Beachum: This might be the best fit. He’s the best current player on this list that the Rams have a realistic chance of keeping. Beachum will be 31 in June and he has started 99 NFL games, and while he isn’t an upper-echelon left tackle and he would be fairly pricey because of the value of left tackles. But he could be a guy who starts for three to four seasons.
Greg Robinson: Nah ... I’m just checking if you’re paying attention.