After winning their first Super Bowl in more than two decades, the Los Angeles Rams have kept their foot on the pedal toward maintaining another championship contender. General manager Les Snead’s aggressive approach has played a vital part in lifting Los Angeles among the top teams in the league.
Snead and the Rams are further engrained in that mindset, hoping to take advantage of their Super Bowl contention window. Those efforts feature a concerted push to convince former rival star linebacker Bobby Wagner to join them.
Rams are experiencing a busy offseason
Like many other teams, the Rams entered the offseason a bit cap-strung despite the league salary cap rising to $208.2 million.
Those financial limitations aside, general manager Les Snead has methodically maneuvered the roster around to still make some notable moves. Los Angeles took some expected hits with several key contributors leaving elsewhere, such as pass rusher Von Miller, guard Austin Corbett, defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day, and cornerback Darius Williams.
The Rams also had to make the tough decisions to part ways with longtime punter Johnny Hekker and star wide receiver Robert Woods. That’s not to mention losing star left tackle Andrew Whitworth to retirement.
However, the Rams swung back in the positive direction by inking Pro Bowl Allen Robinson to a three-year, $46.5 million deal and extending Matthew Stafford to a four-year, $160 million contract.
Los Angeles also re-signed Joseph Noteboom in hopes he could fill Whitworth’s massive void. On top of that, the organization is holding ongoing extension talks with Aaron Donald to keep him in place beyond the 2024 season.
The Rams are now eyeing a free agency move that would further hype up the Super Bowl repeat train another notch.
Rams are hoping to build another super team by adding Bobby Wagner
Snead has a long history of showing no fear in swinging for the fences to build a Super Bowl roster.
The Rams’ longtime general manager isn’t afraid to pursue big-name talents as his resume speaks for itself. He helped the team land the likes of Stafford, Whitworth, Miller, Jalen Ramsey, Odell Beckham Jr., Dante Fowler, Brandin Cooks, Sammy Watkins, Marcus Peters, and Aqib Talib.
The star-studded list has only continued to grow, and he hopes the next name could be a familiar Rams rival. During a press conference on Tuesday, Snead voiced that the organization has discussed the possibility of acquiring All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner.
The 31-year-old remains heralded as one of the game’s best linebackers. He’s coming off a career-high 170 tackles while earning eight All-Pro selections and eight Pro Bowl nods. His addition would provide a massive presence over the middle, starting alongside Ernest Jones.
Wagner sits in the open market without any reports of serious discussion of him expressing an interest in joining another franchise. Los Angeles doesn’t possess a pressing need to fill the position, but it may be hard for them to pass on his talent and potential impact.
Los Angeles also wants to re-sign Odell Beckham Jr.
Although the Rams are interested in bringing aboard Wagner, Odell Beckham Jr. may sit higher on the list.
The star wideout has made a strong impact in his brief stint, proving to be a key piece toward lifting the franchise to a Super Bowl win. Snead again aired the Rams’ desire to re-sign the 29-year-old..
“someone we definitely want back,” Snead said via The New York Post. “But it’s a little more complex with the injury situation.”
Beckham’s second torn ACL certainly changes the equation, but Los Angeles’ strong interest remains. The franchise has no reason to rush the star wideout back, especially after signing Robinson to play alongside Cooper Kupp. Meanwhile, the team maintains financial flexibility to keep Beckham and could increase their cap space by extending Donald and potentially Kupp.
Nonetheless, it’s a situation the Rams will monitor closely.