Why the Los Angeles Rams Should Sign Newly-Cut ILB Todd Davis

Oct 1, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Todd Davis (51) against the Kansas City Chiefs at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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The Los Angeles Rams are a day away from having to release 27 players into potentially the wild only for them to never return. Some will be added to the practice squad while others will be added to other teams around the league. Today, teams have started the process of cutting down their respective rosters. One team of which is the Denver Broncos who the Rams are connected to through their hiring of new Defensive coordinator Brandon Staley. The Rams are going through some bumps in the road with a very young linebacker group but it just so happens that the Broncos have parted ways with their starting linebacker Todd Davis according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

Could the Rams be a fit for Davis? His old linebacker’s coach is with the team who is most likely transferring over the same style of a defensive scheme that Vic Fangio’s Broncos currently run. Davis had been linked in the past to the Rams due to their hiring of Wade Phillips but ended up signing and staying with the Broncos. He’s been in Denver for six seasons and has started in four of them including years where he was a team captain.

Davis as Pelissero points out has dealt with some injuries but he is fully healthy now and this is entirely a situation where Davis was released as a cap casualty. Since Davis has six years in the NFL accumulated, he does not have to go through waivers so this means the Rams can sign him at any time. But again, the question remains: why?

1. Todd Davis has familiarity and can start right away

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that if Davis knows Fangio’s scheme he can play in a scheme that is likely identical to it with the Rams.

2. He’s been in the league for six years and offers veteran presence the team doesn’t currently have on the roster

Davis is 28-years-old and has started four years in the NFL. The most experienced linebackers on the roster? Troy Reeder and Kenny Young. Davis would offer a big boost in experience and production if the Rams added him to the linebacker room.

3. Davis isn’t an All-Pro level player and so he won’t cost an arm and a leg to bring to the roster

That’s a big thing to keep in mind. The Rams do not have much salary cap to dish out to anyone but this isn’t Jadeveon Clowney, Todd Davis might come decently cheap and will ultimately be affordable as an option for the Rams.

4. The Rams don’t have proven depth

As cool as it is to see a fifth-round pick in Micah Kiser finally getting his chance to start, that’s who many are considering to be the best linebacker on the roster. The team also has Travin Howard who will spend the entire year on the injured reserve list, Troy Reeder, an undrafted rookie free agent who started in eight games last year, Kenny Young who started a few games during his time with the Baltimore Ravens before being thrown in a deal for Marcus Peters, Christian Rozeboom, an impressive undrafted rookie free agent that is the all-time leading tackler from South Dakota State, Clay Johnston who is a talented and high-motor linebacker who is coming off a major knee injury nine months ago among others.

The point is it’s a lot of question marks all around.

Davis has started in 63 of his 85 games played, he has accumulated 472 tackles, two sacks, an interception, 13 pass breakups, a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Basically, at the end of the day. Davis isn’t a flashy playmaker but he’s exactly what the Rams need right now at linebacker. He’s a reliable tackling machine that is productive, respected and intelligent. Davis may not be a long-term solution for letting go of Cory Littleton and to be entirely honest, I don’t see anyone replacing his takeaway production but at the end of the day, if the Rams don’t feel ready for week one with this linebacker group, Davis offers a get out of jail free card for them right before cut day.

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