The Cam Newton-LA Rams possibility is over now that the quarterback signed with the New England Patriots.
We recently discussed the possibility of the Rams potentially pursuing Newton. It never happened, but the reality is, they really should think of adding someone to play behind starting QB Jared Goff.
The current backups are John Wolford, and undrafted free agents Josh Love and Bryce Perkins. Wolford has no NFL experience, while Love and Perkins are nowhere close to being ready to being backups. Rams’ head coach Sean McVay does like and believe in Wolford, who was on the Rams’ practice squad last season.
But the Rams probably should consider a veteran option even if they continue to develop Wolford.
LA could bring back Blake Bortles, who backed up Goff last season. That would be simple, but the fact that it’s this deep into the offseason and the Rams haven’t re-signed him, makes one wonder if one or both sides aren’t interested in continuing the relationship.
Other quarterbacks available include Colin Kaepernick, Matt Moore, Josh McCown and Trevor Siemian. Of course, the name that jumps out is Kaepernick. There has been talk that some team are discussing him, but there haven’t been any teams concretely connected to him.
The Rams have been very vocal about and supportive of the social justice movement and McVay appears progressive and would probably welcome Kaepernick. With a clear need for a backup and with Newton no longer an option, the Rams probably need to sign a veteran whether it is Bortles, Kaepernick or a veteran like Moore.