The Rams have already signaled their intention to reset financially with the impending release of All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner. That could also include a trade involving corner Jalen Ramsey, but moves on the offensive side of the ball as well.
Wide receiver Allen Robinson has been granted permission to see a trade, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero (Twitter link). The news comes just one season after Robinson signed a three-year, $46.5MM deal in free agency to give the Rams a new complimentary wideout. Expectations were high for the Pro Bowler given the past performance of Robert Woods in the N0. 2 spot, and Robinson’s previous production with underwhelming quarterback play.
As was the case for essentially all other member of the Rams’ offense in 2022, however, things didn’t go according to plan for the former second-rounder. Robinson saw just 52 targets in his 10 games played, and registered 339 yards and three touchdowns on 33 receptions. His debut Los Angeles campaign was cut short by foot injury which required season-ending surgery.
Robinson could be a candidate to remain with the Rams in 2023, as the team looks for a healthier rebound campaign from he, fellow wideout Cooper Kupp and quarterback Matthew Stafford. However, the ability to shed further salary could entice the team to part ways with Robinson and recoup draft capital for their retooling effort. In that event, Robinson’s $15.25MM in guaranteed compensation for 2023 would become a sticking point.
Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic tweets that L.A. would likely use a sliding scale with respect to retaining salary as part of a trade agreement. The amount to which they would be willing to do so would, of course, be tied to the quality of picks an acquiring team would be prepared to part with. Robinson, 29, could generate a considerable market given his three 1,000-yard seasons and the lack of high-end free agents set to hit the market at the position. The 2023 draft class is also not expected to be as top-heavy as those of previous years.
The departures of Wagner and, quite possibly, Ramsey and Robinson, would mark a massive change in philosophy on the Rams’ part so soon after their Super Bowl triumph. Clearing financial commitments off the books while adding draft capital could, on the other hand, allow them to reset their roster quicker than traditional rebuilds. How Robinson plays into those plans in the coming days will be worth watching closely.
13 comments on “Rams Give WR Allen Robinson Permission To Seek Trade”
Went all in for supper bowl win, now costing them
Might as well try to keep the ball rolling after that one all in win. Besides, that one win is more than 12 teams have in their whole histories.
Robinson was criminally misused last season.
Probably safe to cross the Bears off the list of destinations.
God I hope so. Anyway that was a short honeymoon with the Rams. He priced himself out of the market. He’s a #2 WR but wants to be paid as a #1. Good luck finding a trade partner. June cap cut I would think.
This definitely feels like an Andrew Berry trade. I remember reading that the Browns had interest in him last year, they still need another receiver, and it probably wouldn’t cost much more than the pick swap it took to get Cooper last year. Fitting his cap number in there will be tough (especially if they plan on adding key pieces on defense), but I’d imagine they could figure something out.
Robinson could still be a decent player, I just think the Rams weren’t a great fit for him. Probably best for everyone involved to move in a different direction.
Why would anyone pay for that effort shown in the past two seasons? A way cheaper draft pick probably would yield the same results. It is a bummer since I always liked what he gave prior to his last season with the Bears.
He can look for a trade. That doesn’t mean any team will want to make one.
Nobody wants that buster
Try trade him for picks and with whatever cap space you create maybe bring back Robert Woods if he’s going to be cheap.
Was a very solid number 2 for them, knows the coaching staff and would have a better QB than when he was last there.
Although they are resetting and a lot of big names are leaving I think they could still be a good side next year
If that doesn’t say they’re not trying to win this year, idk what does. They don’t need a Ramsey or a Robinson if they’re not winning games. They can get a pick for Robinson and maybe two for Ramsey and maybe take one more shot at winning with Donald, Kupp and Stafford.
All these moves make it sound like the Rams aren’t expecting much of a season out of Matthew Stafford – who they cannot cut/release due to his huge cap hit. All those injuries add up once you get to your mid-30’s.
Guess they want to dump Robinson to open up a spot on the depth chart for OBJ…lol.