3 Former Rams Who Will Fail Miserably With Their New Teams After Free Agency

The Los Angeles Rams saw a few free agents change different zip codes this offseason. We will break down how these players will fare in their new situations.
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The Los Angeles Rams, who are coming off a 10-win season and playoff appearance in 2023, saw a few free agents change zip codes, along with other free agents who are still waiting to sign with a new team.

The Rams hope the players they lost this offseason don’t come back to bite them, as the arrow is pointing up for this franchise after a disappointing 2022 season. At the same time, for those players who left Los Angeles this offseason, the jury will be out to see how they will play with their new teams and if they can have a similar impact in 2024. 

Here are three former Rams who might not play well with their new teams this coming season.

1. Coleman Shelton

When the Rams released Brian Allen earlier this offseason, there was a belief the team would be able to re-sign Coleman Shelton.

However, the 28-year-old Shelton decided to sign a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears to be their starting center and reunited with Shane Waldron. 

Shelton played tremendously over the last two seasons, starting in 30 games for Los Angeles and playing a variety of positions. In 2022, the veteran offensive lineman played center, left, and right guard.

The former undrafted free agent would ultimately take over as the starting center for the Rams last season and held his own. 

Shelton produced a pass-block grade of 60.2, according to Pro Football Focus. The former University of Washington offensive lineman also allowed 34 quarterback pressures, 21 hurries, 11 hits, and two sacks.

The Bears hope Shelton can have similar success in 2024. But it won’t be easy, as Chicago’s o-line wasn’t the best last season and is still experiencing its own growing pains. Meanwhile, LA’s offensive line features veterans Kevin Dotson and Rob Havenstein. Shelton is taking a major bet on himself to see if he’ll win the starting job in Chicago over Ryan Bates.