The Los Angeles Rams, after shedding projected starter Cam Akers to a season-ending Achilles harm, are in want of a operating again.
The Denver Broncos, after drafting Javonte Williams and signing Mike Boone this offseason, are in extra of operating backs.
Thus, placing two and two collectively, KOA Radio’s Benjamin Allbright teased a possible mid-summer commerce between the interconference golf equipment.
“Would not be shocked to see Rams inquire about Broncos RB Royce Freeman,” Allbright tweeted Tuesday.
Freeman, 25, is anticipated to enter Broncos coaching camp because the fourth-string RB behind Williams, Boone, and Melvin Gordon. The 2018 third-round decide has been phased out of the offense — spanning two teaching regimes — since his rookie marketing campaign, throughout which he was Wally Pipped by Phillip Lindsay.
By means of 46 NFL video games, Freeman has managed 1,187 yards and eight touchdowns on 297 carries, averaging 4.0 yards per tote. A two-down plodder, he suffered via a career-worst 2020, changing simply 35 makes an attempt into 170 scoreless yards throughout all 16 appearances.
The upside on Freeman? He is low-cost, scheduled to earn $970,000 within the last yr of his rookie contract. That means Denver wouldn’t incur vital monetary penalty upon transferring him, nor would the Rams assume any threat by buying the previous Oregon star for a late-round decide.
The draw back? Rams head coach Sean McVay insists the group is not trying so as to add a veteran again to an Akers-less room whittled right down to Darrell Henderson, Raymond Calais, and one thing known as Jake Funk.
“I do not know that veteran route is one thing we’ll rule out, nevertheless it’s not one thing we’re proper now,” McVay told reporters Tuesday.
Failing a commerce, and relying on how he performs amid coaching camp and the preseason, Freeman seemingly is ticketed for launch when the Broncos finalize their roster in early September.
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