The Los Angeles Rams front office ended their head coaching search rather quickly, hiring Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay to be the youngest head coach in NFL history.
While they still have some of the coaching staff to fill out, the rest of the offseason can now be focused on improving the personnel of a team that went 4-12 last season.
Due to the trade before last year’s draft to get Jared Goff, the Rams do not have a first round draft pick this year as the No. 4 overall pick is headed to the Tennessee Titans, so the Rams may need to be active in free agency.
Looking to turn a new leaf under McVay, it appears that the Rams may be cutting ties with two players from the Jeff Fisher era this offseason, wide receiver Kenny Britt and cornerback Trumaine Johnson, via Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports:
Heard for a while #Rams will let "Fisher guys" (WR Kenny Britt & CB Trumaine Johnson) hit free agency. Curious if McVay/Phillips change that
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) January 14, 2017
McVay may want the team to keep Britt, as he is coming off a career season in which he was the Rams only downfield threat. Injuries have been a big issue for Britt in the past, but he stayed healthy in 2016 playing every game except the team’s Week 17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. In the 15 games Britt had career-highs in both receptions (68) and yards (1,002) to go along with five touchdowns.
Johnson, on the other hand, had a bit of a down year as he had a career-low one interception, and was consistently beat down the field by receivers.
With $40-45 million in cap space, there are options on the free agency market and through the draft to replace Britt and Johnson, but the Rams also have many other weaknesses such as the offensive line, so creating extra holes to part with guys who Fisher brought in may not make the most sense.
One free agent receiver to keep an eye on is Los Angeles native DeSean Jackson, who played under McVay the last three seasons in Washington.