Rams given long odds to land Deshaun Watson this offseason

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Cameron DaSilva
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The Los Angeles Rams have Jared Goff under contract for another four years at an average of $33.5 million. They committed to him less than two years ago with a massive $134 million deal, which included an NFL record $110 million guaranteed.

Yet, just two seasons after giving Goff that deal, the Rams don’t seem fully committed to him as their starter after hearing Sean McVay say the team is evaluating every position, including quarterback.

Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston as his relationship with the organization has diminished in recent weeks, leading to some speculation about whether the Rams could pull off a blockbuster trade for the Texans quarterback. It’s highly unlikely to happen, given the draft capital and financial commitment required to make it work, but with Les Snead, never say never.

According to BetMGM, the Rams are +4000 to land Watson this offseason. Those are tied for 16th of any team, right there with the Raiders and Saints. The Texans remain the favorites to be the team Watson suits up for in Week 1 at +125, but the Jets (+300) and Dolphins (+350) lurk close behind.

In all likelihood, the Rams can be ruled out as suitors for Watson. They don’t have a first-round pick this year and to acquire the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, it would presumably require at least two or three first-rounders – and then some.

Not to mention, trading Goff would force the Rams to eat $22.2 million in dead money. Watson is no cheap passer, either, carrying an average salary of $39 million per year with cap hits of $40.4 million and $42.4 million in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

There’s a very, very slim chance the Rams will land Watson this offseason, and it’s likely that Goff will remain their starting quarterback in 2021. So don’t set yourself up for disappointment by expecting Snead to make a run at Watson in the coming months.

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