The Rams are undergoing some serious changes in 2023. How can the draft help?
“The Los Angeles Rams can’t go into the draft expecting to easily replace Jalen Ramsey and Leonard Floyd after moving on from both players this offseason. Ramsey is a three-time All-Pro and Floyd had at least nine sacks in each of the last three seasons.
Those aren’t players you just simply replace on Day 2 and 3 of the draft. However, the Rams can begin to fill those holes by selecting a cornerback and pass rusher (or two) next month. Their departures shift the Rams’ draft plans a little bit, heightening the sense of urgency at cornerback and edge rusher.
Using PFF’s mock draft simulator, I put together a seven-round mock draft that includes two trades up the board and a double-dip at outside linebacker to start things off.”
Did Sean McVay Use Retirement to Orchestrate Rams Jalen Ramsey Trade? (SportsIllustrated)
“The trade of Jalen Ramsey to the Miami Dolphins saw the Los Angeles Rams move on from yet another defender, with other moves headlined by the release of linebackers Leonard Floyd and Bobby Wagner.
As for why the Rams are choosing to move on from some of their key defensive pieces, well, Colin Cowherd offered his analysis and his answer was simple - Sean McVay.
“Sean McVay always had power with the Rams, but he’s used this retirement for a contract and bigger personnel push on offense,” Cowherd said.”
Rams Cap Off Salary Shuffle: OT Joe Noteboom Contract Restructured (SportsIllustrated)
“Big-time Hollywood productions are always looking for ways to meet their budget restraints. The Los Angeles Rams are no exception.
Los Angeles is well on pace to get back under the NFL’s 2023-24 salary cap as a restructuring of offensive lineman Joe Noteboom’s contract (first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates) has saved the team over $9 million.
As it stands, the Noteboom adjustment, combined with the defensive departures of Leonard Floyd, Jalen Ramsey, and Bobby Wagner, puts the Rams back under the cap at just over $6.2 million in time for the deadline at 1 p.m. PT.”
Similar to a couple other RFA candidates on their 2022 roster and in previous years, Rams are hoping to get something done with Copeland that wouldn’t equate to that tender value (which span, for one year, between $2.6M - $6M). They have RFA’d then released players for cap https://t.co/nlCuhzRBLn— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) March 14, 2023
“Cooper Kupp spent the last three and a half years with Jalen Ramsey as his teammate, and the last three seasons sharing the same uniform as Leonard Floyd. All three helped lead the Rams to a Super Bowl win in 2021, but only one is left on the roster now.
Ramsey is being traded to the Dolphins, while Floyd has been released by the Rams.
With Ramsey and Floyd on their way out of Los Angeles, Kupp shared a farewell message for his former teammates on Twitter. He loved practicing against both of them and will never forget the games they played together.
“Iron sharpens iron,” he wrote.”
#Rams offense right now assuming they trade Robinson:— JAKE ELLENBOGEN (@JKBOGEN) March 14, 2023
QB Matthew Stafford
RB Cam Akers
WR Cooper Kupp
WR Van Jefferson
WR Tutu Atwell
TE Tyler Higbee
LT Joe Noteboom
LG Alaric Jackson
C Brian Allen
RG Logan Bruss/Tremayne Anchrum/Chandler Brewer
RT Rob Havenstein
#Rams defense right now post Copeland non-tender news:— JAKE ELLENBOGEN (@JKBOGEN) March 14, 2023
DL Aaron Donald
DL Bobby Brown III
DL Larrell Murchison
OLB Daniel Hardy
ILB Ernest Jones
OLB Michael Hoecht
CB Decobie Durant
CB Robert Rochell
NCB Russ Yeast
SAF Jordan Fuller
SAF Quentin Lake
“LA Rams players have traditionally been rather coveted players in the past, particularly in recent years. But the Rams 2022 NFL season, ending in a 5-12 season, appears to have temporarily squelched the usually high demand of Rams veteran free agents by other teams. Historically, Rams defensive players have been some of the earliest players to reach an agreement on new contract terms. But this year, we are well into the second day of the 2023 NFL Free Agent Market negotiation period. And so far, only placekicker Matt Gay has agreed to a new contract with the Indianapolis Colts.
That may be changing now. The NFL Free Agent Market has been drawing down the top players. But the LA Rams players have teams that are interested, but not to the point of reaching agreeable contract terms. One such player is Rams safety Nick Scott. While he is a fan favorite, he has plenty of admiration from other NFL teams as well. One such team is the New York Giants, who have been in contract talks”