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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Los Angeles Rams have been having an interesting off-season. First they sent Robert Quinn to the Dolphins for a 4th round draft pick. Now Los Angeles is shipping Alec Ogletree to the Giants for two more late draft picks (4th and 6th round selections). It’s obvious that the Rams are trying to load up on draft capital in order to improve their roster with younger players. This almost feels like the Rams last major sell off though when Chris Long, James Laurinatis, and Jared Cook were released. That series of moves didn’t pan out too well and it’s hard to believe these day three picks are going to be enough to replace those polished veterans. Alec Ogletree and Robert Quinn were two very talented footballs players. Even though they weren’t exactly the right fit for Wade Philips scheme it’s still a risky move to just let them walk. Especially Alec Ogletree because he had a pretty solid year in 2017 recording 95 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception, and 1 defensive touchdown. A rookie player isn’t going to come in and have that kind of confidence under his belt. If there is any good coming out of these trades however it’s that Los Angeles will clear $21 million in cap space. Those additional resources will go a long way in bringing in players who will be better suited for the second year coaching staff’s philosophies. The Rams have to use those funds to makes some moves quickly because they can’t expect to go into 2018 and be a better football team. Subtracting two key players and rolling the dice that they’ll be fine is just foolish thinking. Right now you have to wonder if LA will go back to the playoffs this upcoming season? Unless they make some serious additions before camp starts don’t anticipate that happening.
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