Have the Rams done well in free agency?
12th Man Rising: The Rams have not made a lot of signings in free agency. Which players that Los Angeles has lost might affect them more? And what do you think about the players the Rams have signed or re-signed?
Bret Stuter: When it comes to the Rams’ free agency efforts, much of the inactivity starts with the Rams stuck in salary cap purgatory. The other factor is the Rams’ strong interest in generating comp picks. So the Rams hesitate to sign free agents out of concern of negating a valuable draft pick the following year.
The Rams signed veteran outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, which was a very smart move. He may not headline All-Pro discussions, but he is incredibly adept at everything that team needs from him in his role. And he also brings veteran wisdom to a position swelling with young and inexperienced players.
The only new signing was wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who reunites with head coach Sean McVay. The Rams want to test the back end of defenses and McVay’s history with Jackson gives him plenty of confidence in the offense’s ability to do exactly that this year.