The NFL trade deadline came up and passed on Tuesday, with the Rams still enjoying the acquisition of stellar midfielder Von Miller before parting ways with successor DeShan Jackson.
These were the latest steps in a series of important steps that Rams general manager Les Snead has taken since January to come up with a roster capable of running the Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. And playing in the Super Bowl – at owner Stan Kroenke’s stadium for $ 5 billion – will be the only sign of a successful season for these Rams.
“Our goal is to try to build a team that highlights opposing teams, puts pressure on opposing teams, whether offensive or defensive,” Snead said during a videoconference with reporters.
Here are the takeaways from Rams’ moves and how they worked:
Move: Traded for quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Expenses: Quarterback Jared Goff, picking round three in 2021 and first round in 2022 and 2023.
Analysis: Coach Sean McVeigh made it to the Super Bowl with Goff. But he yearned for a quarterback he thought he could win.
Stafford, released after 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions, McVeigh and Sneed looked brilliant. His talent, experience and ingenuity are evident in every game. He hit 22 touchdowns with four interceptions.
But none of this should come as a surprise. Stafford has long been considered one of the NFL’s best passers, having the misfortune of playing mostly for bad Lions teams. An accurate assessment of this step cannot be made until January. Then Stafford will have another chance to win the playoffs, which he has never done in three attempts.
Move: Signed receiver DeShawn Jackson.
Expenses: $ 2.75 million guaranteed plus benefits.
Analysis: There is no need to wait to determine how this story of returning home has developed.
“I’m not going to rate him,” Snead said shortly after Jackson’s release. “One thing came to my mind, but it will probably be a headline.”
It’s fair to assume that Snead was not thinking an A.
The Rams have signed Jackson, one of the most serious threats in NFL history, after two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles that saw many injuries. They put the 34-year-old, 14-year-oldthis a year-old pro with a load-controlled training plan, but McVeigh never found a way to use it consistently on offense, which featured receivers Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Van Jefferson.
Jackson expressed his disappointment to McVeigh after the second game and then caught a 75-yard touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It turned out to be his only highlight at the SoFi stadium. He was chased just 15 times in seven games before asking him to trade.
“Obviously it didn’t work like any of us – what was our vision when we signed it,” Snead said. “This is DeShawn, this is Sean, this is Rams in general. And since it didn’t work, we decided that it would be better for all of us … to part ways and move on to the next chapters. “
Move: Re-signed outside midfielder Leonard Floyd.
Expenses: Guaranteed $ 32.5 Million.
Analysis: Floyd, the ninth player to be drafted in 2016, thrived for the Rams in 2020 after four unsuccessful seasons with the Chicago Bears. Playing alongside three-time NFL defender Aaron Donald undoubtedly helped, but the Rams analyzed the fast-paced market and draft and decided they couldn’t let it go.
It looks like a solid investment: Floyd has 6.5 sacks of the best for the team and is on track to easily outperform his career best 10.5 last season.
And now he will have the opportunity to play with Miller.
Move: Re-signed full-back Darius Williams.
Expenses: $ 4.76 million.
Analysis: In 2020 Williams became a playmaker and a great addition to all-star full-back Jalen Ramsey, so the Rams announced a first-round limited free agent tender to dissuade other teams from signing.
Williams suffered an ankle injury on October 7 against Seattle Seahawks, and after playing three games, he is eligible to withdraw from the injured reserve this week. In Williams’ absence, rookie Robert Rochell has emerged as a possible replacement should Williams not return in 2022.
The rams may try to poach Williams with an extension or label him as a franchise. But he almost certainly wants to test the market as a free agent.
Move: Traded for a running Sonya Michel.
Expenses: Pick in the sixth round pick in 2022 and the fourth round in 2023.
Analysis: With Cameron Akers out of the game with an Achilles injury, the Rams took Michel ahead of the season opening from the New England Patriots as a defense against Darrell Henderson’s longevity problems.
It looks like a solid move: Michelle replaced Henderson in the match with the Indianapolis Colts and ran efficiently.
Michelle did not cope with the Arizona Cardinals, but proved to be an excellent player.
Move: Changed midfielder Kenny Young.
Expenses: Peak Round 7 Draft in 2024.
Analysis: The rams got much more from Young than they expected. Remember, it was a player that Aries acquired in a trade in 2019 that sent full-back Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens so they could trade for Ramsey.
Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Young played exactly zero revolutions in nine games.
But Young became a valuable player in 2020 with six games.
It was great for the Rams because they were paying him less than $ 1 million. Not that great when his compensation rose to $ 2.2 million.
Young has started seven games this season and has played a few key moments. But his trade to the Denver Broncos cleared room for a salary ceiling, opened the door to play cheaper rookie Ernest Jones, and paved the way for the Rams to trade for Miller.
Move: Traded for outside midfielder Von Miller.
Expenses: Elections in the second and third rounds of the 2022 draft.
Analysis: This dates back to 2018, when Snead traded for extreme leader Dante Fowler. It worked really well – Fowler played a huge role in the NFC Championship that helped the Rams advance to the Super Bowl.
Miller has the experience and achievements of the Hall of Fame – he has 110 and a half career sacks and the Super Bowl Player Award on his resume – and he joins an already stellar defense that includes Donald, Ramsey and Floyd.
“Someone who influenced the passer-by,” Snead said.
The Rams pay Miller just $ 700,000 for the rest of the season. Snead said he spoke with Miller’s agent about his possible retention after 2021.
But the decision to acquire Miller, like everything that preceded him, was associated with this season.
And this season’s Super Bowl.