Whoever said defense wins championships would be rolling in their grave seeing teams loading up on offensive weapons. Of all the potential landing spots for Allen Robinson, the Rams were never on the radar, and for good reason. The Rams didn’t have much money to work with in the offseason, and their roster is already chock-full of talented receiving weapons. If anything, they’d get a hometown discount on Odell Beckham Jr. and call it a day. Instead, they made a huge splash by agreeing to terms with Robinson.
Rams make curious signing in Allen Robinson
On the surface, this move makes little sense. The Rams lost their defensive firepower in Darious Williams and Von Miller. If anything, Jadeveon Clowney would have been the more realistic signing. However, the Rams instead went after scoring points instead of defending against them.
The question now is what is to come of Van Jefferson? Are the Rams simply punting on 2021 second-round pick Tutu Atwell? We know Les Snead’s feelings towards draft picks, so it’s no surprise they’d make a move to bring in a veteran at the expense of developing younger talent.
The Rams have been in “win-now” mode since the arrival of Jared Goff. And somehow they keep getting away with it, staying out of “cap hell” along the way.
Robinson brings unique skill set to Rams’ offense
Robinson is a traditional X receiver in a way we haven’t seen in all the years of Sean McVay’s offense. He’s a good route runner, particularly for his size. After going through quarterback purgatory for most of his career, he should see a rejuvenation playing alongside Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods, and Matthew Stafford.
Robinson wasn’t himself in 2021. That was obvious on film. However, we saw something similar with A.J. Green in Cincinnati, only to re-emerge in Arizona. Robinson is still in his prime and is a more talented receiver now than Green was last year or this year.
His three-year, $46.5 million deal is also a steal. His average salary comes in under Christian Kirk, who is an objectively lesser player. The Rams keep attacking veteran players and continue to take advantage of every market inefficiency they can find along the way.