3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Wouldn’t it be ironic if the Jacksonville Jaguars ended up being the team that helps the Rams clear up salary cap space that the team needs to extend the player they added from Jacksonville during the season in Jalen Ramsey?
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The Jaguars do not have a pressing need at the wide receiver position but have a mix of good guys, none of which are capable of being the top receiver on a contending team. Cooks, meanwhile, is that good and could get the Rams a great asset out of the trade as well.
In this situation, I could see the Los Angeles Rams sending a late-round pick the Jaguars’ way as the Rams would be getting defensive end, Calais Campbell. Campbell is in the last year of his contract, is set to make $17.5 million and has a minimal $2.5 million dead cap hit.
The Jaguars not only get a draft pick out of Campbell but get a multi-year asset to build the team around. Meanwhile, the Rams would get an elite rental option that would be reminiscent of when Ndamukong Suh played in LA.
Campbell is a five-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro and would be absolutely lethal on the Rams’ defensive line alongside Aaron Donald. Campbell had a slow season this year in terms of sacks but still was named a Pro Bowler and earned double-digit sacks in each of the previous two years.
Campbell is extremely talented and getting to play alongside Aaron Donald will provide him more favorable matchups and bring out the best in his play. This would be the best one-year rental talent-wise that the Rams could receive.
At the end of the day, though, the Rams would be happy to get Cooks’ contract off the books, especially if it could be reworked in a way to not cost the team money with dead cap for the season. Either way, in the long run, Cooks might be better off elsewhere.