The Los Angeles Rams may have returned to the win column on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, but they’re nowhere near where they need to be to defend their Super Bowl title.
Many of these issues are also on the offensive side of the ball, where coach Sean McVay suddenly found himself short of offensive line depth and playmakers.
And according to a report from ESPN, the Rams could be in on a trade for one of the NFL’s brightest young offensive stars, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.
“Buffalo and others would love to have McCaffrey’s skills in their backfield,” Fowler said in the report. “The Rams and San Francisco 49ers were also involved in McCaffrey’s deal.
Los Angeles, which has the second-worst rushing offense in the NFL ahead of only the Tampa Bay Buccanneers, has reportedly already bought disgruntled running back Cam Akers, paving the way for a potential backfield addition.
As it happens, McCaffrey would not only fill many of the Rams’ explosive play needs in the running game, but also that same much-needed ability in the passing game.
Last week against the Rams, McCaffrey had 158 yards from scrimmage on 20 total touches. And for the season, the Stanford product has 670 scrimmage yards on 118 touches, with three touchdowns, in an otherwise anemic offense.
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So yes, the Rams would obviously like to add that type of point guard to their arsenal, and the Panthers are also widely open to offers.
But the bigger question is can the Rams afford what promises to be a steep price tag?
As we’ve seen in recent years, they certainly aren’t afraid to try.
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