For one of the rare occasions in recent years, the Los Angeles Rams were thwarted at the close of trade.
The Rams offered the Panthers two first-round draft picks and a second-round pick for standout pass rusher Brian Burns, only to see Carolina turn down the offer, sources told ESPN.
The Rams also offered second-, third-, and fifth-round picks, along with running back Cam Akers to Carolina for Christian McCaffrey, according to sources, but the Panthers traded the star running back to the San Francisco 49ers instead.
Now the Rams will have to settle for what they have and hope Akers can help them out. Akers will be active for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source, but how much he plays will be determined by game flow.
Akers and Rams head coach Sean McVay had a meeting last week that a league source said was “a good cleansing of the air.” McVay said last Wednesday he was “very encouraged by the dialogue” he had with Akers.
“They were able to understand why every side on the table was upset and move forward from there,” the source told ESPN.
Akers did not play in the Rams’ last two games as the Rams explored trading options for their 2020 second-round pick. McVay has declined to go into detail as to why Akers was absent, but the running back was listed in the injury report as having personal reasons.
The Rams have made several trades close to the deadline in recent seasons, including their high-profile acquisitions of Jalen Ramsey in 2019 and Von Miller last year. But Los Angeles found that, for the first time in recent memory, other teams didn’t value their draft picks as much this year as they did in other years.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34956395/sources-rams-offered-trades-brian-burns-christian-mccaffrey Rams offered trades for Brian Burns, Christian McCaffrey