Offseason: Potential Late Free Agent Finds for the L.A. Rams

The Los Angeles Rams have made plenty of moves both through free agency and in the draft this offseason. The Rams depth chart is coming together fine, but there are still some players available the team could target. Here are four free agents that could potentially help the team:

Perry Riley, LB – The Rams need depth at linebacker behind Mark Barron and Alec Ogletree, and veteran Perry Riley would fill that void greatly. Riley has spent time as a starting linebacker for both Washington and Oakland. He’s a traditional middle linebacker. Barron is a valuable and talented player, but it remains to be seen if he could function as an inside linebacker in Wade Phillip’s 3-4 scheme. Having Riley as a backup plan should Barron not work out inside would be a wise move by the Rams.

Justin Durant, LB – Similar to Riley, Justin Durant can provide veteran experience as at linebacker, and likely for a bargain. Durant has experience playing both inside and outside linebacker.

Darrelle Revis, CB – Seven time Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis finds himself unemployed coming off the worst season of his career. The most likely reason Revis doesn’t have a job is that he may be looking for too much money. He’s been deservingly paid handsomely during his career and has never had to consider taking a pay cut. But at 31 years old and a brutal 2016 season, Revis is likely going to have to sign a prove-it type deal to play in 2017.

Should the money work, bringing Revis to Los Angeles would be a fantastic signing for the Rams. The best case scenario would be Revis has a return to form as a legitimate shutdown corner, Trumaine Johnson thrives by having a solid cornerback to play alongside again, EJ Gaines and the rest of the young cornerbacks gain valuable experience playing with one of the greatest defensive backs in NFL history, and Wade Phillips has a scary secondary on his hands. Worst case, the Rams and their players get to say they had one of the GOATs for a season, and Revis walks at the end of it. The money would have to work, but if it can, this would be a home run signing for the Rams.

Shaun Hill, QB – Not a single Ram fan would be excited about Shaun Hill returning to the Rams, but I think it could be a smart move to bring him back. The Rams QB depth is pretty much set with Jared Goff as the starter and Sean Mannion as the backup. This duo has a combined three years of NFL experience, seven starts, and 0 wins. These guys could use a bit of veteran expertise about playing quarterback in the NFL. Hill has 15 years of professional experience on five teams in two different continents. He wouldn’t threaten either Goff or Mannion’s jobs but can come in and manage a game if the team got desperate. I never thought I’d ever say this, but a Shaun Hill reunion could be very beneficial to the growth of our offense.

Steve Rebeiro is a staff writer and podcast host for Rams Talk. He graduated from Marquette University in 2016. For more of his opinions, follow him on Twitter here or check out his podcast Tejas and Lil Stevie.

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