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Some scratch heads at Rams’ first-round tender on Darious Williams

Peter King and Mike Florio look at both sides of the Rams-Lions trade involving Jared Goff including the spotlight on Sean McVay and the Lions' belief they can fix Goff.

The Rams have decided to place a first-round tender on restricted free agency cornerback Darious Williams. One executive with a team not in the NFC West was stunned by the move.

As the source explained it, players who get a second-round RFA tender rarely if ever are signed to an offer sheet by another team. (It’s possibly never happened.) By skipping over that option and going to the first-round compensation level, the Rams are committing an extra $1.5 million to Williams in 2021.

The move becomes even more curious, given that the Rams currently are more than $30 million over the cap.

The text message from the executive then included multiple emojis.

Obviously, the Rams didn’t want to risk losing Williams. However, they are forking over another $1.5 million to buy that risk down from incredibly slim to none.