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Rams receive 2023 7th-round pick for DT Michael Brockers

But this is hardly what I would call a “trade”

2012 NFL Draft - First Round

After it was all said and done, the Los Angeles Rams only received a seventh round pick — two years down the road — for defensive lineman Michael Brockers, in exchange from the Detroit Lions. Brockers’ nine-year career with the Rams, which started as the 14th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, comes to an end not through his signing with the Baltimore Ravens in 2020, but with a whimper in 2021, to be paid off in 2023.

What the Rams truly received by trading Brockers was not any sort of draft pick, of course, but cap relief. By dealing him (as a favor?) to Lions general manager Brad Holmes, Los Angeles will save a necessary $6.1 million against the cap, money that they have used to give Darious Williams the first round tender and to re-sign linebacker Leonard Floyd, among other things. Of course, $6 million doesn’t cover all of that, but clearly restructures were not going to be enough.

If the Rams hadn’t given Brockers to Holmes for free, they would have obviously announced his release today instead. So rather than think about the nothing return, the real thing to ask yourself with regards to Brockers is, “Are you upset that they released him to spend the money elsewhere?”

Because that’s essentially what this is.


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