The final score was 10-3, with the Patriots capturing their sixth title since 2001. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick further solidified themselves as the best ever in their respective titles.
For the Rams, there was nothing but shock and confusion on how a high-octane offense under Sean McVay managed to score only three points. All the Rams can do is scrap the tape from that game and move on.
Rams fans would love to quickly forget everything that happened in those sixty minutes and fast forward to next season. Before that can happen though, the Rams and all 31 other teams will have an offseason to improve their rosters.
The Rams have plenty of decisions to make this offseason. Should they re-sign Dante Fowler, Ndamukong Suh, and Rodger Saffold?
Saffold seems like the most important one to bring back while the Rams could replace Fowler and Suh this offseason. They will also likely let Lamarcus Joyner walk in free agency after he played on the franchise tag in 2018.
If last offseason showed us anything, its that McVay and Les Snead are more than willing to make moves through trades to better the team. It’s unlikely the Rams go the trade route this offseason but it is always fun to speculate and decipher trades that could happen.
Here are three possible trade candidates for the Rams this offseason.
3. Jerry Hughes (DE, Buffalo Bills)
Before the trade deadline passed in 2018, it was rumored that the Rams tried to acquire Jerry Hughes from the Buffalo Bills. That didn’t happen so the Rams landed on Fowler from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Hughes has been a consistent pass rusher for the Bills since 2013. Since then, Hughes has racked up 42 sacks, 63 tackles for loss, and 12 forced fumbles.
The Rams lack of production off the edge makes an edge rusher an absolute need for them. Before Fowler showed up, the Rams had no productivity at getting to the quarterback off the edge.
Fowler even struggled until the playoffs—where he earned himself some money with how he performed. It’s uncertain whether or not the Rams plan to pay Fowler top-dollar when free agency comes around.
The only thing that could hold up this trade is the fact that Hughes is a free agent in 2020. Do the Rams want to risk having another possible rental like Fowler might be?
Hughes would be a phenomenal fit on a Rams defense that sports Aaron Donald up front, wreaking havoc.
2. Chris Harris Jr. (CB, Denver Broncos)
The Rams will need to make decisions on Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib after the 2019 season. Peters struggled for the majority of the season while Talib played well but was hurt for most of it.
Peters seemed to play well when Talib was on the opposite side of the field as him. Would you give Peters $13-15 million when he is seemingly reliant on Talib suiting up?
That’s a loaded question that the Rams will need to address soon. A cornerback who could possibly be acquired is Chris Harris Jr. from the Denver Broncos.
Harris Jr. suffered a fractured fibula against the Cincinnati Bengals this season. He was reportedly close to returning but the Broncos placed him on injured reserve when they were officially knocked out of playoff contention.
The Broncos cornerback was playing great before his injury. He started in 12 games, finishing with three interceptions, 10 pass deflections, and a touchdown.
Harris Jr. is heading into his last year under his current contract so the Broncos could look to move him this offseason. He is 29 years old but still has plenty to offer.
If the Rams acquired Harris Jr. we would see him and Talib back together like the Broncos’ recent Super Bowl days.
1. Von Miller (OLB, Denver Broncos)
It’s too easy to predict that the Rams will try and trade for Broncos players since Wade Phillips was the defensive coordinator there before joining the Rams staff.
Von Miller would be a godsend for the Rams this offseason. Miller has been one of the best defensive players since he joined the league 2011.
Since 2011, Miller has 98 sacks, 125 tackles for loss, and 26 forced fumbles. Why not add one of the best defensive players in the NFL to go alongside THE best defensive player in the NFL?
The Rams are yearning for an elite pass rusher off the edge to take pressure off of Donald. When Donald is constantly getting double-teamed, the Rams need someone who can take advantage of that.
Teams would need to pick their poison on who they would want to double team. This past season, the Rams were too reliant on Donald getting to the quarterback himself.
Donald had 20.5 sacks while the second-leading guy on the roster had just 4.5 sacks. Those 4.5 came from Suh but wasn’t enough to consistently get the job done.
Miller would immediately solve all of the Rams issues with getting pressure on the quarterback off the edge. Would the Broncos be willing to part ways with someone of Miller’s stature?
That’s hard to say but after the regular season ended, John Elway said the Broncos would consider “all possibilities” when it came to roster changeover during the offseason.
That includes possibly moving someone like Miller.