Los Angeles Rams Rumor Mill: Chiefs Open To Trading L’Jarius Sneed. Can The Rams Get The Dangerous CB?

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It’s no secret that cornerback is a position of need for the Los Angeles Rams. The team was given the worst coverage grade in the league by Pro Football Focus for 2023. But one of the best corners in the league has recently landed on the trade market.

It was reported by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, that the Kansas City Chiefs have informed L’Jarius Sneed they are prepared to use the franchise tag and are open to trade offers if no long-term deal is reached. Sneed is agreeable to the scenario.

Last season the 6’1″ 192 lbs outside corner allowed just 53 catches on 102 targets. Quarterbacks were limited to a 66 passer rating when targeting Sneed. He broke up 12 passes and intercepted 2 balls. He missed just six tackles despite playing nearly 1000 defensive snaps.

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What Would The Los Angeles Rams Have To Give Up To Get Sneed?

The Jalen Ramsey trade will automatically come to mind. Ramsey cost the Rams two first-round picks. There are a few variables to consider in the Ramsey trade;

  • He wanted out of Jacksonville.
  • He was a first-round pick, Sneed was a 4th.
  • Ramsey was still on his rookie deal. Sneed’s franchise tag will put him at a $19 million cap hit.
  • Ramsey was 25 when traded. Sneed is 27.

Darrelle Revis may be a better trade to look at than Ramsey’s. Revis was traded from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a first and a 4th in 2013. The biggest tradable asset the Rams have right now is the 19th overall pick in the 2024 Draft. Rams GM Les Snead has admitted to being open to moving the pick for the right trade.

The Chiefs could be enticed to take a trade like that. This year’s draft is stocked with cornerbacks, as well, as receivers, a position of (some say dire) need. With two firsts, they would be set up to take one of each.

But would the Los Angeles Rams be willing to use over half of their salary cap surplus to lock in the lockdown cornerback?

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