The Los Angeles Rams are in the midst of a rebuilding offseason. They have already parted ways with several of their highest earners from 2022, including Jalen Ramsey, Bobby Wagner and Leonard Floyd. One of the last potential pieces to get traded is wide receiver Allen Robinson.
Sean McVay and the Rams acquired Robinson during the 2022 offseason, signing him as a free agent to a three-year contract. He significantly underperformed in the first year of this deal, posting just 33 receptions for 339 yards and three touchdowns. He played in only 10 games before suffering a foot injury.
It is public knowledge that the Rams are looking for a trade for Robinson, who still has two years remaining under contract. But everything is being done above board, even in conversations between McVay and Robinson, according to Gary Klein of The L.A. Times:
“Allen is a great person, he’s been a great player for a long time,” McVay said when asked how he would handle the situation if Robinson is on the roster when offseason workouts begin. “And so you talk to him and say, ‘This is a possibility that we’re exploring where we might move you. But if we don’t, I want you to know I’m going to pour everything I have into you as a player to try to help you reach your highest potential, make sure that it’s an enjoyable experience where you love coming into work.’
“And so that’s exactly where we’ve left it. And so I don’t think it’s uncomfortable because those are the realities of the situation. And if he is here be excited about it. And if he’s not, wish him the best in his next stop.”
Unlike situations with Floyd and Wagner, Robinson has to be traded in order for the Rams to save any money. Cutting him prior to June 1 would lead to an $8.4 million loss in cap space, whereas cutting him after June 1 wouldn’t save or cost any money, meaning there’s no reason not to keep him.
A trade, meanwhile, would save the Rams $6.85 million if completed before June 1 and $15.25 million after. All of these figures are according to OverTheCap.
If the Rams can find a trade of any kind, it’s probable they would make the deal. But if they can’t, Robinson will almost certainly start the 2023 season in L.A.
Donald, Stafford ready to return
Aaron Donald and Matthew Stafford joined Robinson on Injured Reserve for the back-end of the season. But both are ready to go for offseason workouts after undergoing various procedures in the offseason.