Publish Date: 06/06/2022
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa
The good news: Everyone is glowing after winning the Super Bowl. The Rams are currently filming movies as well as starring in commercials. It’s easy to see the formula, and, given that Sean McVay is 55-26 and has made it to two Super Bowls in five seasons, it’s difficult to disagree with their results. Check out the best bookmakers for betting on the NFL!
One of the best things that the Rams did this offseason was getting many of their key players back. There were rumors that either Aaron Donald or McVay could be retiring in the hours following the Super Bowl. However, it seems that neither Aaron Donald nor McVay will not be going anywhere. Eric Weddle, and Andrew Whitworth, both veterans, have retired. However, the Rams were able to bring back swing tackle Joe Noteboom to either a one year, $16.5million deal or a two year, $25 million contract. In 2022, the former third-rounder will be Matthew Stafford’s protector.
It was a simple negotiation that could have proved difficult with Stafford. After the Rams traded two picks in the first round to acquire him, Stafford could leverage the Rams, which is easy to do after winning a Super Bowl. However, after negotiating significant deals with the Lions when they were in cap vulnerability, Stafford signed a four year, $160m deal with $63M guaranteed at signing. He will make up the difference by selling cell phone advertisements.
The Rams also managed to fill several roster spots, and they picked up their usual compensatory pick collection.
What went wrong? The Rams couldn’t convince Von Miller that he should take a discount because the future Hall of Famer has signed a massive contract with the Bills. Miller was not replaced in free agency or the draft. Los Angeles would have received a fifth-round compensatory pick for letting Miller go in free agency. However, the Bears cancelled that pick by signing Allen Robinson III. The Rams’ inability to pick Miller for compensatory picks reminds us that even though they are an essential part of discussing players, trades and rosters, it is not always possible for a team to get a comp pick for a player. Check out the top new sportsbooks!
The Rams signed Robinson to a two year, $30.8 million deal in an offseason when the veteran market for wide receivers was not available, and there were so many talented wideouts in the draft. Robinson will turn 29 this year. He is coming off a disappointing season with the Bears. The Rams would have made a better deal if they traded a fifth-rounder for a wideout, like Amari Cooper, who will earn $40 million in the same time frame. It would have been more sensible to wait for Odell Barkham Jr. To return from his torn anterior cruciate ligament while signing a temporary option such as Julio Jones. They could have kept Robert Woods, who was being salary-dumped to Titans in exchange for a sixth-rounder. Robinson must have a career year to do this.
I am ambivalent about linebacker Bobby Wagner’s five-year, $50 million contract. It is actually a one-year deal worth $10 million. It’s fun to sign away a Seahawks legend. Players tend to play better around Donald than in their previous stops. But this is a large amount of money for a position where the Rams are known for finding cheap talent. It was possible that they felt the Seahawks needed a leader in defense after Weddle switched from playing pick-up basketball in December to wearing the green-dot helmet at the Super Bowl. But Wagner struggled last year for the Seahawks. This deal isn’t great, even if Wagner plays well in 2022.
What they could do differently: Keeping Woods on the team for another year would have allowed them to have a No.2 receiver. Woods’s contract was cheaper than Robinson’s while keeping the third-round compensatory pick. Robinson is an explosive receiver who could pose a danger in the red zone. However, Woods’ leadership and blocking were so important to them before his torn leave ACL in November.
Let’s extend Donald. While the future Hall of Famer has three years left on his current deal and $52.3 million, Super Bowl wins throw out all the rules. The 31-year old will want to be paid as the best defensive player in the league, regardless of his position. It won’t surprise me if he becomes the first defender to reach $30 million per season under a new contract. The Rams will also be able to pay a $90 million extension over three years to their star player and increase cap space.