Rams Give WR Allen Robinson Permission To Seek Trade

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.

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