The Los Angeles Rams have traded defensive lineman Michael Brockers to the Detroit Lions. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Rams looked to adjust Brockers’ contract, but the two sides could come to an agreement. Therefore, the Rams released the veteran defensive lineman.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2021
According to Rapoport, the Rams trade Brockers to the Lions in exchange for a 7th round pick in 2023. In other words, the Rams traded away Brockers for the equivalent of nothing.
Brockers will join Jared Goff in Detroit. Since former Rams executive, Brad Holmes, was hired by the Detroit Lions, the two teams have now completed a pair of trades. The first sent Jared Goff to the Lions and draft picks in exchange for quarterback Matthew Stafford.
By trading Brockers, the team will eat $3M as the trade comes pre-June 1. However, the move will save a net of $6M. For a team that is strapped for cash, that $6M will help a lot as the Rams look to clear cap space.
This is the second consecutive offseason in which the Rams have lost Brockers. Brockers initially signed with the Baltimore Ravens last offseason, but returned to the Rams after failing a physical. They now trade him almost exactly one year later.
The question now becomes who replaces Brockers on the defensive line. While not a star player, Brockers played a role and played it very well. Les Snead and Co. could look to sign someone for a cheaper price in free agency, draft someone, or go with what they have on the roster.
If they decide to continue with what they have on the roster, the Rams could keep Donald at defensive end, Sebastian Joseph-Day at nose tackle, and then use A’shawn Robinson on the other side at defensive end. Robinson only played half of a season last year due to health concerns. Raheem Morris and the defense should get him for a full 16 games in 2021.
Wednesday is officially the start of the new league year. The Rams cap situation should begin to get a lot more clear.