Los Angeles Rams Depth Chart
- NFC West
- Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
- Head Coach
- Sean McVay
- Offensive Coordinator
- Kevin O'Connell
- Defensive Coordinator
- Brandon Staley
- Special Teams Coach
- John Bonamego
- Defensive Scheme
The Baltimore Ravens announced on Thursday that they wouldn't be signing defensive tackle Michael Brockers after being unable to agree on the terms of a contract after his high ankle sprain from last season was flagged on a physical. Instead, he's getting a three-year, $31.5 million deal to re-sign with the Los Angeles Rams, according to a source. It's a similar deal to what Baltimore had offered. The 29-year-old returns to the only team he's called home since being the 14th overall pick in 2012. He's not much to look at in fantasy in IDP leagues, but he'll return to strengthen the interior of LA's defensive line along with Aaron Donald.
The Los Angeles Rams released linebacker Clay Matthews on Thursday, according to a source. In an effort to shed salary cap space, the Rams also released star running back Todd Gurley on Thursday. Matthews is nearing the end of his career, but he was still plenty productive in 13 games in his only season with the Rams in 2019, notching eight sacks, 37 tackles (27 solo), nine tackles for loss, 11 QB hits and two forced fumbles. The long-time Green Bay Packer can still play and can get after the quarterback, but he's not much of an IDP option at this point in his career. He hasn't made a Pro Bowl since 2015.
The Los Angeles Rams released running back Todd Gurley II on Thursday before the $10.5 million became fully guaranteed on his contract, according to a source. The Rams had been trying to trade Gurley, but his huge contract was too much for other teams to take on. He has gone from being the no-doubt No. 1 pick in fantasy drafts to having chronic knee issues and becoming a committee back in the last season. Wherever he lands in free agency, he's unlikely to suddenly become a bell-cow back again, so Gurley's fantasy ceiling moving forward will likely be as an RB2. Back in LA, Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson top the depth chart, but the Rams will likely address the position in the draft.
The Los Angeles Rams have made wide receiver Brandin Cooks available in a trade as they try to trim salary and restock their draft picks, according to a source. The Rams are also considering a trade for star running back Todd Gurley. Cooks is under contract through the 2023 season and is scheduled to make $8 million in 2020 with a salary cap hit of $16.8 million. The speedster caught 42 passes for 583 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games in 2019 after four straight seasons with at least 65 grabs, 1,082 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Cooks also missed some time with a concussion and has a history of head injuries. A move out of LA, where he's third behind Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, might be best for his fantasy value. Stay tuned.
The Los Angeles Rams are currently in discussions regarding a possible trade of running back Todd Gurley II. Gurley's touches were scaled back drastically in 2019, as he had a career-low 223 carries. It was his second time in five years falling short of 1,000 rushing yards and he also had a career-low 3.8 yards per carry. He saved things for his fantasy owners with 12 rushing touchdowns and another two receiving TDs on 31 receptions. His chronic knee issues make him more of a committee back moving forward, though, so he'd be more of an RB2 if he stays in LA. A trade elsewhere would be interesting, but we'd doubt Gurley would suddenly become a workhorse back again. Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson are the Rams other options, but we'd expect them to draft a running back if they trade Gurley away.