The Los Angeles Rams' rebuild continues.
After releasing former All-Pros Todd Gurley and Clay Matthews during free agency, the Rams continued their roster overhaul by reportedly agreeing to send wideout Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans in exchange for several draft picks, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, citing a source.
LA has been dealing with salary cap issues, trying to find money to pay franchise quarterback Jared Goff, all-world defensive lineman Aaron Donald, defensive back Jalen Ramsey and the other 49 players needed to fill out an NFL roster.
The team still ends up taking a dead cap hit on Cooks in 2020, but at least removes the remaining four years of his deal from the books.
With the departure of offensive weapons Gurley and Cooks along with Matthews’ defensive presence, it will be a very different LA attack the next time the team takes on the 49ers.
After four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, Cooks struggled through injuries and inconsistency on his way to just 583 receiving yards in 14 games during the 2019 season.
ProFootballTalk reported Thursday that the team already took a financial hit by holding onto Cooks this far into his contract.
Yes but it also cost them a $4M roster bonus to hold him this long. https://t.co/6tyvwhVRFP— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 9, 2020
With the 49ers aiming to defend their title as NFC champions, the Seattle Seahawks remaining strong and the Arizona Cardinals fleecing Bill O’Brien and those head-scratching Texans for DeAndre Hopkins earlier this spring, there’s a clear new team at the bottom of the NFC West.
If we end up getting an NFL season in 2020, expect the division’s doormat to be in Tinseltown.