11 Los Angeles Rams Who Won't Return Next Season

The Rams' window for contending is closing as Matthew Stafford gets another year older, and the young team will look to hold onto as many key pieces as possible.

Oct 29, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay during the second half
Oct 29, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay during the second half / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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7. Christian Rozeboom

Christian Rozeboom will be a restricted free agent, so the Rams could keep him if they want. But they shouldn't, and likely won't.

Rozeboom's 47.9 PFF grade was the worst among all Rams starting defenders this season, and while that's not the be-all and end-all of player evaluation, anyone who watched Rams games would've seen pretty quickly how much he was struggling.

His 79 tackles look solid enough on the surface, but the vast majority of these were pretty low-impact tackles. He wasn't shooting gaps and blowing up plays in the backfield (2 TFLs) and he wasn't coming across the formation to make impressive tackles to shut down big plays.

It felt like just about any time he was making a stop, it was after the offense had already gained a few yards and he was simply mopping things up. That's something you can get just about anybody to do in an off-ball linebacker role, and it's why tackle numbers aren't really a useful way to measure a player's impact.

Rozeboom has been a special teams mainstay since coming to the Rams in 2021, playing over 70% of the available snaps, but it's not like he's been an ace for the ST unit. That's just an expected part of being a depth linebacker, and it doesn't make him any less replaceable.