For the first time under head coach Sean McVay, there is some uncertainty around the LA Rams. The franchise is coming off its first campaign missing the postseason under McVay, which led to many moves over the offseason. With the 2020 season underway, the former NFL Coach of the Year has hinted at another huge move ahead that will significantly impact the team’s future.
Rams’ busy offseason
The Rams headed into this past offseason after missing the playoffs for the first time under head coach Sean McVay.
It led the franchise to make some difficult roster decisions that involved several core players. LA elected to move on from star running Todd Gurley, former Pro Bowler Clay Matthews Jr., cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman and traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The team also elected to let defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., linebacker Corey Littleton, and kicker Greg Zuerlein all exit via free agency.
However, the organization also made a couple of considerable financial commitments to key players they still possess. It includes inking All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey to a record-breaking five-year, $105 million deal. The team also signed wide receiver Cooper Kupp to a three-year, $48 million extension.
LA isn’t done as the team is nearing another significant deal with another crucial piece to the puzzle.
Sean McVay says Rams are working on an extension with Robert Woods
Over the last few years, the Rams have made it a habit to get new contracts completed during the offseason.
It’s where they have signed many of their top players to long-term deals before the upcoming campaign. Despite Week 1 of the 2020 season already passing, head coach Sean McVay indicated on Thursday that the Rams are nearing an extension with star wide receiver Robert Woods. (Per Rams’ media transcripts)
“We want to get him extended too. He’s a huge part of what we’re doing. So, that’s something that, I think, is definitely important. You absolutely talk to your players about that. (WR) Robert (Woods) and (WR) Cooper (Kupp) have been pillars of what we’ve done the last few years, and great to be able to get Cooper under contract, so happy for him, and you can expect to see something similar down the line here very shortly we’re working towards for Robert.”
Woods also confirmed the discussions on Thursday as he voiced that he’s hopeful it can get done before Week 2 action against the Philadelphia Eagles. Since joining the Rams, the 28-year-old has significantly exceeded his expectations as he’s become arguably the team’s most dependable receiving option.
Woods has put together his first two 1,000 receiving yard campaigns over the previous two seasons. He is the pseudo No.1 passing game option for Pro Bowl quarterback Jared Goff. It saw him lead all wide receiver last season with 577 receiving yards after the catch. He’s currently in the fourth year of his five-year, $34 million deal.
His production has far exceeded his contractual worth as McVay indicated that he in line to get an “elite” type extension. Woods has finished in the top 15 in receiving yards among wide receivers in each of the last two seasons but is 37th in salary at his position.
Rams hoping to get back on track in 2020
The Rams got their season off on the right foot by edging out the Dallas Cowboys 20-17 in Week 1.
LA will have their first road game of the 2020 campaign in Week 2, as the team will take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Philadelphia is coming off a disappointing 27-17 loss to the Washington Football Team, which they held a 17-0 lead in the contest.
It’s a chance for the Rams to continue to trek in the right direction toward getting back into the playoffs. There will be many challenges ahead, especially in the stacked NFC West. LA has the opportunity in front of them to put together a bounce-back campaign.