Rams’ Trade Acquisitions Pay Off with Stacked Roster

The Los Angeles Rams were built to win right now, with that construction continuing well into the regular season, and they present a formidable opponent for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Sunday’s Divisional Round playoff game at Raymond James Stadium.

Since losing Super Bowl LII to Tom Brady’s New England Patriots at the end of the 2018 season, Los Angeles had made a series of increasingly bold moves to build a star-powered core under Head Coach Sean McVay. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey came over in a 2019 offseason trade and outside linebacker Leonard Floyd was signed as a free agent in 2020. The Rams made the boldest move of the 2021 offseason, sending a pair of first-rounders to the Lions in order to swap quarterback Jared Goff for quarterback Matthew Stafford. During the 2021 season, Los Angeles sent out additional draft picks to get edge rusher Von Miller and snapped up wide receiver Odell Beckham when the Browns let him go.

With stars like defensive tackle Aaron Donald, offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and wide receiver Cooper Kupp already in place, these additions give the Rams above-average performers at nearly every position. And while those moves leave the Rams’ draft cupboard almost completely dry for the next two years, it has also put them just two games away from making it back to the Super Bowl, this time with what they consider a championship-caliber quarterback at the helm.

Stafford, who just enjoyed…

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