The mass exodus of talent from the Los Angeles Rams this offseason was something everyone knew would happen eventually. The franchise did everything possible to stack their roster and it worked as the team won the 2022 Super Bowl, giving the franchise their first championship since 1999.
Unfortunately, injuries doomed the Rams last season and now the team is losing talent across the board. The biggest names gone include cornerback Jalen Ramsey, linebacker Bobby Wagner and pass rusher Leonard Floyd, with receiver Allen Robinson also being given permission to seek a trade as well.
The special teams unit is also seeing some major losses as well with kicker Matt Gay joining the Indianapolis Colts. And now punter Riley Dixon is gone as well as Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Dixon is returning to the Denver Broncos:
Broncos are signing former Rams’ punter Riley Dixon, per source. Dixon spent his first two NFL seasons in Denver and now returns.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 21, 2023
In his lone season with the Rams, Dixon put forth the best year of his career. His 48.4 yards per punt was the best mark of his career and the 41.7 net yards per punt is tied for the second-best. And his work was needed as the Rams offense struggled for much of the year and Dixon’s work put the defense in a better position to potentially succeed.
Dixon will now return to the place where his career began as he was selected by the Broncos in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft, spending the first two years of his career in Denver. He was then traded to the New York Giants where he spent four seasons before joining the Rams last year.
As long as the Rams have veterans such as Matthew Stafford and Aaron Donald, they are going to expect to be competitive. But with so many talent losses, their road is going to be an extremely difficult one next year.
Nick Scott thanks Rams organization after signing with Bengals
One of the more under-the-radar losses the Rams suffered this offseason was safety Nick Scott, who stepped up in a starting role last year, joining the Cincinnati Bengals. The former seventh-round pick finished with 86 tackles, two interceptions and five passes defensed while starting 16 games for the Rams.
Following his decision to join the Bengals, Scott took to social media to thank the Rams organization, teammates, coaches and staff for drafting him and giving him the opportunity that he will forever cherish.