Rams' Michael Brockers, Robert Woods Reportedly Subject of Trade Calls

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2021

Defensive lineman Michael Brockers is pictured before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 20-9. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
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Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers is reportedly available in trade talks, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB. 

Per that report, "Teams have also called on Robert Woods, though L.A.'s been hesitant to move him in the past when interest from contending teams has surfaced."

Brockers, 30, posted 51 tackles (five for loss), five sacks and 10 quarterback hits in 2020. He's spent his entire nine-year career with the Rams after being the No. 14 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, pairing with players like Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd last season to give the Rams a dangerous front seven. 

He's under contract for two more seasons, with cap hits of $9.8 million in 2021 and $10.8 million in 2022.

He's also been vocal this offseason, from liking the team's addition of quarterback Matt Stafford to hoping the Seattle Seahawks trade away Russell Wilson:

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.@RamsNFL DE Michael Brockers on @gmfb @nflnetwork on getting Stafford: "Just to bring a lot of the stuff he was doing in Detroit. Seeing the comebacks he had. The numbers he's had. We're expecting that to match what we do. We hope this is the turning point to win the big game."

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.@RamsNFL DE Michael Brockers on @gmfb @nflnetwork on Russell Wilson trade speculation: "You cross your fingers a little bit."

Oh, and he's not worried about the Arizona Cardinals signing J.J. Watt. 

"It's all about consistency, what the Rams have been putting out. Not per se myself, but we all know who the real 99 is," he told TMZ Sports, referring to Donald, who also wears No. 99. "That's just real. Real respect real. I just think our D-line's been working, been the best, or one of the best. Our record's proven."

As for Woods, the 28-year-old has emerged as one of the NFL's most consistent receivers, with three straight seasons of at least 85 catches and 900 receiving yards. He's paired with Cooper Kupp to give the team a dangerous one-two punch in the passing game. 

It would be surprising to see the Rams acquire Stafford only to part with a difference-maker at wideout like Woods, who is under contract through the 2025 season. Unless the Rams can't find a way to move off of bloated salary elsewhere, moving Woods would be a head-scratcher.  


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