Rams turned down offers for Cam Akers, hoping the disgruntled RB will play for the team again this season

For weeks, Cam Akers and the Rams seemed primed for a divorce, with the third-grader upset with his role in Los Angeles and the upcoming trade deadline. But when the clock struck 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Akers was still on the team, not for lack of other applicants.

The Rams turned down several offers for the upset Jam before the trade deadline, NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday. Los Angeles is now working with Akers and his agency in hopes that he will play for the team again this season, Pelissero added, according to sources.

Rams head coach Sean McVay later confirmed on Wednesday that he “had a really good conversation” with Akers and his agent and they were “working through a few different options.” McVay added that there is a “possibility” Akers will practice this week.

“As far as playing on Sunday (with the Buccaneers), I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” McVay told reporters. “We’re working on a few different things. Like I said we probably have a few different things after this conversation that are some options that we can possibly do going forward and we’ll have some clarity on that as far as we come back to working with this group or when that means going different ways.”

Akers has been inactive for the last two games for what the team calls “personal reasons”. NFL network insider Ian Rapoport reported on Oct. 16 that Akers had philosophical and football-related differences with McVay and that Los Angeles was expected to take trade calls for the RB. The Rams coach himself said ahead of the deadline that Akers’ move was a consideration and a possibility.

However, neither move came to fruition, leaving Los Angeles with a backfield that includes (for now) Akers, Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson, Ronnie Rivers and the returning Kyren Williams.

With and without Akers in the lineup, the Rams have struggled on the ground this year. Los Angeles are averaging a league-low 68.4 yards per game, besting only their Week 9 opponents the Buccaneers (61.9). No team has ever averaged less than 70 Rushing YPG and made it to the playoffs. Akers, a little over a year away from a torn Achilles tendon, is a paltry 3.6 yards per touch in five games played and two starts this season.

All of this, along with Akers’ problems with offense, is why the Rams aggressively pursued Christian McCaffrey before the deadline and missed a fourth-round pick to win him from the Panthers. To make matters worse for Los Angeles, CMC landed in San Francisco with its division rivals and broke out with a rare TD trifecta against the Rams last week.

Several teams made moves for running backs on deadline day — Miami replaced Chase Edmonds with Jeff Wilson, the Colts and Bills traded Nyheim Hines and Zack Moss, etc. — but the Rams chose not to move Akers or add another jam.

Whether the former second-round pick is ready for a second chance in LA this week remains to be seen, but now that the trade deadline has passed, the Rams and their hapless running back have no options: either play or part ways.


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