At the start of free agency, there was the assumption that some of the players filling out the Los Angeles Rams roster last season would not return to the team. As with any squad undergoing a coaching overhaul, the team’s brass will do what is necessary to bring in the type of personnel that will be best suited for new head coach Sean McVay.
For a struggling team like the Rams, it essentially means that no player is off-limits — even when it comes to fan-favorites like defensive end William Hayes. The Rams made the announcement that they have traded Hayes to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a sixth-round pick. General manager Les Snead offered the following statement:
“Will has been an integral member of our defense since he became a Ram in 2012,” said Snead. “His passion set the tone for our defense and served as an example for his teammates. Off the field, he showed compassion as he was a major contributor to the St. Louis and Los Angeles communities, working to improve the plight of the homeless. We wish Will and his family the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.”
The veteran Hayes proved as a model for consistency as he recorded at least five sacks in all but one season during his tenure with the Rams. His consistency on the field paired nicely with his extemporaneous personality off the field. Hayes became a local fan favorite after declaring his belief in mermaids over dinosaurs in an episode on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
The Rams will now head into the 2017 NFL Draft with a total of eight picks. Although they all come after the second round, the draft has proven that more often than not that is where the true gems lie.