The Rams are in need of a new quarterback and it is speculated they will trade their 2019 first-round pick for one. This would be the sixth consecutive year that L.A. has traded away its first rounder, but could this time be different?
Getty After the NFC championship game on January 30, 2022, Robert Woods and Sean McVay.
Do you think the Los Angeles Rams will just settle with Allen Robinson? Another NFL player might be on the way.
The Super Bowl champions, according to two NFL insiders on the evening of Thursday, March 17, aren’t done causing more NFL earthquakes. In true Rams tradition during the tenure of general manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay, another blockbuster move might be on the way shortly, this time after the signing of Pro Bowl wide receiver and one of the league’s best free agents wide receivers from the Chicago Bears.
This one features a $65 million weapon with a remarkable track record. Unfortunately for the Rams, this move might mean parting ways with one of their most adored players.
The Weapon Involved Was Worth $65 Million
The “Bobby Trees” era in Los Angeles may be coming to an end.
Following the huge acquisition of the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Robinson, Robert Woods, a captain and one of the Rams’ faces during the Snead/McVay era, is suddenly the focus of trade speculations.
At 8:45 p.m. PT on Thursday, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter said that the 29-year-old native of Gardena, California Woods has had other NFL clubs inquire about him, perhaps turning him into trade bait.
“The Rams are getting inquiries regarding the availability of WR Robert Woods, who is now a strong trade prospect, according to league sources, after signing Allen Robinson today. Woods is coming from an ACL tear, but he should be ready for training camp, according to Schefter.
On September 18, 2020, Woods signed a contract extension with the Rams. Woods is expected to earn $10 million in 2022, but $13,750,000 the following season, according to Spotrac. He isn’t scheduled to become an unrestricted free agency until he reaches 34 in 2026.
Insiders like Schefter aren’t the only ones speculating on a Woods move.
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“There may be a potential for the Rams to make another move given this (WR) depth,” Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic wrote on Thursday, “and if they did, plucking from this group would likely be incredibly tempting to any trade partners.”
So far, the Rams’ purchase of high-caliber wide receiver Allen Robinson seems to be a one-time deal. What if it’s a fragment of something greater — emphasis on “if” this time of year? https://t.co/Ek8eftbOkX
— March 17, 2022, Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue)
That’s when Rodrigue started “connecting the dots” and mentioned the Minnesota Vikings as a prospective bidder for Woods.
“While it’s difficult to imagine a captain and beloved leader like Woods as a trade candidate,” Rodrigue wrote, “the fact that former offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell is now the head coach in Minnesota (and his offensive coordinator is former tight ends coach Wes Phillips) and Woods’ contract clears about $13.5 million with a post-June 1 trade designation means such a move is something both teams may consider opening dialogue about.”
But who would the Rams get in return if Woods were to be traded? Rodrigue claimed that the Vikings are attempting to “offload” pass rusher and two-time Pro Bowler Danielle Hunter, who has emerged as a compelling option for clubs hoping to acquire a quarterback attacker.
What is the explanation behind this? Hunter, 27, seems to be too expensive to maintain in the Twin Cities:
Sources claim the #Vikings have been attempting to trade Danielle Hunter, who has a $18 million roster bonus due on Sunday, while they try to figure out their financial position.
Hunter’s cap amount is $25.83 million. The Vikings must clear space in order to finalize their new contracts.
March 17, 2022 — Ben Goessling (@BenGoessling)
In addition, the Rams are in the market for an additional edge rusher after losing Von Miller to the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday. Hunter may be the one who comes over if the Rams’ “Trees” are sent away.