By Anthony Blake on April 25, 2014
GM Les Snead and the St. Louis Rams have been no strangers to trades during his tenure with the franchise. In 2012 they pulled off the epic RG3 heist, and just last year the Rams moved up to snag Tavon Austin before moving down later on to grab Alec Ogletree. This installment figures to see more of the same moving and shaking from this trade-happy team, and these are five deals that would really behoove the team prior to the 2014 NFL Draft.
Former second-round pick Isaiah Pead is a long way from ever living up to that draft status, and the Rams would be wise to move on from him for a late-round pick with Zac Stacy now in house. Daryl Richardson is the change-of-pace back, and Pead has proven irrelevant and fumble-prone in nearly every assignment he’s been given. Getting anything in return for him would be a plus at this point.
The Falcons have been rumored as trade partners with the Rams since the draft order was finalized, but the one thing that has changed is their potential target. At first most figured the only way they would move up is for DE Jadeveon Clowney, but now it appears OT Greg Robinson may be the apple of their eye. This deal could net the Rams an extra second-round pick this year and next while still picking at No. 6. That’s commonly known as a win-win.
This potential trade comes with one giant caveat: Jadeveon Clowney must end up in St. Louis. If the Houston Texans pass on the once-in-a-generation talent then moving Chris Long makes sense. His enormous cap number for the next three years makes a deal difficult, but the Rams are in salary cap purgatory. There aren’t many contracts the team could move that would improve that situation much more.
Again this deal comes with a disclaimer as well with the Browns likely looking to snag Jadeveon Clowney if things play out that way. Dealing with Cleveland could yield quite the return given that they are the only team other than the Rams with two first-round picks this year. If the Rams could slide down to No. 4 and add the Browns’ No. 26 overall selection in the process, this one’s a no-brainer.
Boom. This would be the ultimate pushing all of the chips into the middle of the table move for the Rams. They did add backup Shaun Hill this offseason so he could help be their bridge to a potential rookie being groomed, but this deal would be more about finances than anything else. Sam Bradford’s asinine rookie deal has his cap hit among the best at his position in both 2014 and 2015. At some point it’s just time to cut your losses.
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