According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Rams and Jimmy Garoppolo “there was an agreement“If the 30 year old QB was released by the San Francisco 49ers. Now hear this, if it really is true, there is no shock. Under head coach Sean McVay, the Rams built their team on star power, taking in as much as possible. Wages are damned; McVay’s Rams always finds a way.
Schefter also reported that San Francisco was unaware of this alleged backdoor deal until after they reconstruct Garoppolo contract. If this were the NBA, we’d hear the word ‘T’ being thrown around like darts at the local pub. Tampering isn’t nearly as big of a deal in the NFL, as we rarely hear it mentioned. The NFL Has What They Call “Legal Fake” Stagebut teams are prohibited from talking to soon-to-be-free agents before this period begins.
But this story is much more than just the Rams’ sneaky behavior. While this may have been a Ram-like move on Jimmy G, it adds to concerns about the situation with Matthew Stafford’s arm. Stafford is dealing with elbow tendonitis after undergoing a procedure following the team’s Super Bowl victory last season.
Stafford threw three interceptions in the season opener against Buffalo on Thursday night in a game where LA was handled fairly well by the Bills, October 31. The Rams were closed in three quarters, scoring all 10 points in the second period. There were several misplaced passes from Stafford, even though he completed 70% of his effort.
The signing of Garoppolo could signal a more significant problem in the Rams dressing room. Stafford’s arm could be in a more serious state than they had led anyone to believe. There had been a huge target on the Rams as defending champions, but now, with Stafford’s uncertainty, that bull’s eye pain looms larger than before.
If Stafford’s injured arm continues to be an issue, keep an eye on LA as they may opt to bring in another QB. Luckily for the Rams, playing that opening Thursday night means they get a 10-day rest between Weeks 1 and 2. And next Sunday, another 0-1 team visits Sofi in the Atlanta Falcons. Their QB2 is John Wolford, but he was in the building while they made plans for Jimmy G.
McVay must not be sold on Wolford filling in if Stafford misses time this season. Maybe McVay will attempt to dust off Cam Newton and give him one last chance since he’s currently in hover free agent.