The Los Angeles Rams are riding an incredible high after the 2021 season. Fresh off of a Super Bowl campaign, the team’s “win-now” mentality has paid off in dividends. They have conquered some of the best teams in the league (and Arizona) on their way to the Lombardi trophy.
The NFL offseason isn’t the time for the Rams to rest, though. Far from it, actually: now, Les Snead has to do his hard work to maintain the team’s power level. There are plenty of free agents for LA to sign, with some of them coming from their own team. Let’s take a look at who the Rams should target in free agency.
Rams Free Agency Targets
Let’s get this out of the way first: Von Miller HAS to stay with the Rams. LA’s pass rush was great without Miller, but with him, they were unstoppable. His presence on the field opens up so many opportunities for their defensive playmakers such as Aaron Donald or Leonard Floyd.
It might not be easy for the Rams to keep Miller, though. The former Broncos star has expressed a desire to return back to Denver. If you recall, Denver is where Miller won his first Super Bowl ring AND a Super Bowl MVP. A homecoming to his old team is in the cards, especially with Russell Wilson joining the team in a blockbuster trade. The Rams need to do everything they can to keep the Miller-Donald tandem in California.
Odell Beckham Jr.
Earlier in the season, Odell Beckham Jr. was an afterthought amongst NFL circles. After a stellar run in New York, the star wide receiver couldn’t get going in Cleveland. Whether it’s due to his quarterback or his own problem, we’ll never know. Many were sure that OBJ was cooked.
That turned out to be false, though. As soon as Odell Beckham Jr. was traded to the Rams in the middle of the season, he proved that he was still a damn good receiver in the league. He’s not the same electric player that he was with the Giants, but he served as an excellent decoy for Cooper Kupp and a great second threat for Matthew Stafford.
OBJ’s second ACL tear in the Super Bowl complicates things a little bit for the Rams. Committing money to a receiver with a long injury history can be a bit risky. However, LA didn’t get here by playing it safe. Keeping Beckham should be one of their top priorities.
The Rams’ aerial attack with Kupp, OBJ, and Van Jefferson was amazing to watch in the Super Bowl. Those aerial assaults masked a big issue with Sean McVay’s offense, though: their ground game. McVay’s running back duo of Cam Akers and Sony Michel couldn’t do anything against the Bengals… or any other defense, for that matter.
Perhaps it’s a matter of Akers being injured; the running back did have a speedy recovery from an Achilles tear. That doesn’t mean that the Rams should stand pat and hope that it was a fluke from Akers. Grabbing a running back from the free agent market couldn’t hurt, and one of the best options out there is Leonard Fournette.
Fournette rehabilitated his image in Tampa Bay, becoming the team’s RB1 during their Super Bowl run with his ability to run over defenders. His pass-catching abilities could also work well with the Rams offense. If they can get him at the right price, he’d be a huge upgrade over their current backs.