By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Los Angeles Rams were winners of were of SUPER BOWL LVI and only a few days later during their parade Celebration they were talking about “Running it back” another way to say “Repeat”.
The gates opened with the retirement of Andrew Whitworth, that freed up some 16 million in salary cap space, while the release veteran punter Johnny Hekker a few days later added another 3 million. That followed with the signing of Bears free agent wide receiver Allen Robinson to a 3 year deal which 31-million in guaranteed.
The process has begun with moves like sighing quarterback Mathew Stafford to a four-year contract extension keeping him with the team until 2026. They have also traded veteran Robert Woods to Tennessee.
Woods who’s still recovering from a knee injury was part of the fabric of the team since the team returned to Los Angeles. He was due to carry a salary cap hit of 15.7 million this season.
He and Cooper Kupp were a solid tandem in the locker room, team leadership catching and blocking.
The team is working on a deal to keep Odell Beckham Jr. who is still recovering from his Super Bowl injury.
The loss of Woods is a hometown hit as he stared at Serra high in Gardena then went on to becoming an All-American at USC. Him Pro career
Began by playing four years with the Buffalo Bills before returning home signing with the Rams in 2017. The dazzling receiver surpassed 1,100
In both 2018 and 2019. His parents and family were regulars at the Coliseum and So-Fi Stadium.
The current Rams receivers include a talented bunch of Kupp, Robinson, Van Jefferson, Ben Skowronek, Tutu Atwell and Bandon Powell the speedster who also handles punt return duties.
With Von Miller gone the Rams are eyeing Bobby Wagner former Seattle Seahawk.
Stafford’s new contract is estimated around 160 million with 135 guaranteed. He was the driving force tossing 41 touchdown passes and 17 INT’s during the regular season. During crunch time in the play-offs he had wins over Arizona, Tampa Bay and San Francisco. He led the team to a come back win against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl.
The post season wheeling, and dealing is not complete just yet. But it does take a lot if you want to “Run it Back”.