Rams Unrestricted Free Agents Who Could Be On The Move in 2021

Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown celebrates after scoring against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)

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During the 2020 draft, Les Snead made a few decisions that ultimately could be telling for a few unrestricted free agents heading into the next offseason. I took an early look at who I thought could be on the move but first here is a list of the Rams UFA’s per Spotrac:

 

  • OLB Leonard Floyd
  • CB Jalen Ramsey
  • G Austin Blythe
  • RB Malcolm Brown
  • CB Troy Hill
  • TE Gerald Everett
  • LS Jake McQuaide
  • WR Cooper Kupp
  • CB Donte Deayon
  • SS John Johnson
  • WR Josh Reynolds
  • OLB Samson Ebukam

 

Les Snead had already mentioned that the Rams couldn’t come to terms with some key free agents this offseason because they wanted to lockdown Jalen Ramsey, Cooper Kupp, and John Johnson. So with that, the cap will be extremely tight which will result in some more departures in 2021.

Predictions…

1. TE Gerald Everett

At the end of the 2020 season, the Rams implemented a game plan in which Tyler Higbee was the go-to tight end for targets and Johnny Mundt was the blocking Tight end. Coach Sean Mcvay noticed he needed to change up personnel groupings to adapt to the defensive schemes that were being displayed against his offense. It worked as Higbee’s production skyrocketed through the roof to end the season; unfortunately, this came at the hand of Gerald Everetts on-field percentage. As far as chemistry goes, it always seemed as if Everett and Jared Goff were never on the same page and there was some type of disconnect. This isn’t a discredit to Everett whatsoever as I still think he is one of the more talented Tight ends in the league but they just do not have the same type of chemistry as Goff has with Higbee.

My thoughts going into this current offseason was Everett would be moved before the draft or even during the draft. By selecting the speedy playmaker Tight End out of Purdue Brycen Hopkins, it showed that the offensive staff is thinking about the future of the position and I believe that the future involves Higbee and Hopkins.

2. WR Josh Reynolds

I know this may come as a surprise to some who might’ve read my past article (predicting Reynolds to be a breakout player this season) but my particular thought process was they intend to invest their money for WR Cooper Kupp. McVay has always raved about Kupp being an extension of the coaching staff and not only that, his production speaks for itself every season. Reynolds is such an underrated receiver, he really can do it all. I see a big season in the works for Reynolds and possibly departing while earning a big contract as a WR1 or WR2 elsewhere.

The Rams invested the 57th pick in the 2nd round on wide receiver out of the University of Florida Van Jefferson. Jefferson will most likely see some playing time this season but for the 2021 season after Reynold’s departure, he will be on the field almost 100% of the time. The WR core of Kupp, Woods, and Jefferson will a force for years to come.

3. RB Malcolm Brown

This player was tough to list on here because he has been so consistent and so reliable for the Rams for the past few years. Every time Malcolm Brown’s number was called, he went out there and produced. Not to mention his pass protection ability on 3rd down is top-notch. Back in March 2019, the Lions had signed brown to a 2-year deal but because he was a restricted free agent that gave the Rams the ability to match the offer sheet. This time around, he is no longer restricted and I believe a lot of teams will be in play for him as he has so much to offer. The past 2 years the Rams invested early-round draft picks into the backfield with Running backs Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson; With the limited amount of money the Rams will have after paying key franchise players, Brown will most likely be on the way out.

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