The Los Angeles Rams have three young kickers in training camp and they seem at terms with them competing to take over for Greg Zuerlein, who departed to the Dallas Cowboys in free agency after eight seasons with the team.
However, if the Rams want to bring in a veteran, an interesting name has become available. The Carolina Panthers released Graham Gano on Thursday. He has played in the NFL since 2009, but did not play last season and in the final four games of the 2018 season due to an injury to his left, plant leg.
Panthers did in fact release veteran kicker Graham Gano, who was due to make $2.75 million this season, a source confirmed. Panthers also have kicker Joey Slye on their roster.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 30, 2020
Gano, 33, has been reliable in the past. He has converted 82.1 percent of his field-goal attempts in his career. If he can prove he is healthy, the Rams could consider him.
The Rams are currently green at the position. They drafted Sam Sloman in the seventh round and added untested kickers Lirim Hajrullahu and Austin MacGinnis in the offseason. Not having any preseason games to judge the young kickers in game-pressure situations could hurt the Rams, so going to a proven vet like Gano could be the way to go in this strange season.