The Los Angeles Rams off-season is about to ramp up and valuable nickel cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman has a team option on his contract. This means the Rams will have the final say if the now-28-year-old cornerback suits up for the team in 2020. Robey-Coleman has been a very talented option for the Rams cornerback group but with the decrease in available cap volume, the Rams could choose to decline the team option, saving them $4.5 million. If the Rams choose not to do so, they will have the talented corner on the contract books until 2021 when he hits free agency.
The decision in regards to this team option needs to be made by March 18th, 2020. There has been no word either way but one has to think the Rams would bring Robey-Coleman back. However, it’s safe to mention that the Rams do have Jalen Ramsey, the emerging Troy Hill, last year’s third-round pick of David Long, other talents and have been in the news about a potential trade for Lions star corner Darius Slay. That sure would leave the Rams no chance but to make a tough decision one way or another. If the Rams truly believe in grabbing Slay or giving Long an opportunity, they could use this time to decline Robey-Coleman’s option.
Robey-Coleman has played in 47 games for the Rams, has grabbed three interceptions, broken up 20 passes, forced three fumbles and has combined for 122 tackles. That’s not to mention the fact Robey-Coleman made a big-time play for the Rams in the Super Bowl helping Cory Littleton pick off his tipped pass versus the Patriots. That’s also not to mention the infamous no-call versus the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game. Simply speaking, it may have only been three years but Robey-Coleman has been a valuable member of the Los Angeles Rams. It would certainly be tough for the fan-favorite to move on.
At the end of the day, the cap space gained is not worth the loss the size of Robey-Coleman. Over the past three years with the Rams Robey-Coleman has been graded as the 23rd (2019), 11th (2018) and 17th (2017) rated cornerback in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus. That’s not a throwaway type of player, even if Troy Hill graded out nine spots ahead of him in 2019. Long still has a ways to go, I would think the Rams let Nickell play out his contract in Los Angeles.