Rams Rumors & News

  • Players to Goodell: We'd like a jet, lifetime insurance and $50 million, too

    ESPN "ESPN reported Sunday that commissioner Roger Goodell had asked for a salary of $49.5 million a year, lifetime use of a private jet and lifetime health insurance for his family in negotiations for a contract extension. Here’s how NFL players are reacting to Goodell’s reported demands: Oakland..." November 16

  • Papa John's tweets apology for being 'divisive' when ripping NFL

    USA Today "A couple weeks after CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for sagging pizza sales, Papa John's is trying to tone down the vitriol. Tuesday, the company apologized, said it supports players' protests and denounced neo-nazis, via its Twitter account On the company's earnings call earlier this..." November 15

  • Rams add Lance Dunbar to roster

    Pro Football Talk "With running back Malcolm Brown out for at least a few weeks due to an MCL injury, the Rams have added to the roster a new backup to Todd Gurley. He’s Lance Dunbar, activated on Saturday from the physically unable to perform list. Dunbar spent five seasons with the Cowboys, rushing for a..." November 12

  • NFL: Owners voted unanimously to extend Goodell’s contract in May

    Pro Football Talk "Perhaps the most important point regarding the ongoing effort by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to block the extension of Commissioner Roger Goodell relates to a decision that all 32 owners made in May, including Jones. “I’d say that, on the issue of extending the Commissioner’s contract that in the..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell “Furious” Over Contract Delay

    Pro Football Rumors "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reportedly “furious” over the league’s insistence that he accept a contract that includes performance-based incentives that could still allow him to reach his prior salaries, according to Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham of ESPN.com. A potential Goodell..." November 09

  • Roger Goodell: NFL fans don’t come to stadiums ‘to be protested to’

    Sportress of Blogitude "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell perhaps made his strongest remarks regarding the league’s national anthem protest controversy by stating, “People come to our stadiums to be entertained and have fun, not to be protested to.” Goodell was a speaker at Bloomberg’s The Year Ahead Summit in New York..." November 08

  • NFL TV numbers decline infecting ESPN's 'Sunday NFL Countdown,' other pregame shows

    Sporting News "Sunday NFL pregame shows are known for their hearty laughter. But there has been little to guffaw about this season. The NFL's TV numbers slide has infected long-running pregame shows on ESPN, NBC Sports and CBS Sports. The hardest hit has been ESPN's "Sunday NFL Countdown" (10 a.m. to 1 p.m...." November 08

  • Bob Costas on the future of football: 'This game destroys people's brains'

    USA Today "As far as longtime sports broadcaster Bob Costas is concerned, the future of football in the United States is clear — and bleak. “The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains," he said Tuesday night. Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the University of Maryland, Costas, who..." November 08

  • Bonsignore: Rams feeling the impact of of good decisions and good fortune

    L.A. Daily News "Assuming the weather experts got it right, a steady and comfortable 63-degree, partly cloudy afternoon will be the conditions welcoming the Rams when they play the Giants at MetLife Stadium on Sunday. In other words, pretty darn near perfect given the location, time of year, and the far worse..." November 05

  • Ex-Giants ‘Fumble’ coach says Rams ‘perfect fit’ for grandson Sean McVay

    New York Post "John McVay knew his grandson, Sean, was serious about coaching when as a youngster he would fall asleep reading Bill Walsh’s book: “Building a Champion: On Football and the Making of the 49ers.” It was published in 1990. “It’s a game plan for anybody who wants to be in this business,” the elder..." November 04

  • Rams place Cody Davis on injured reserve, meaning some younger players must provide depth at safety

    Los Angeles Times "The Rams placed safety Cody Davis on injured reserve Friday, leaving questions about depth and experience at the position as the team prepares to face the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday. Davis, an often-used backup who started twice, suffered a thigh injury against the..." November 04

  • NFL owners called for depositions, cellphone records in Colin Kaepernick collusion case

    ESPN "Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, among others, will be deposed and asked to turn over all cellphone records and emails in relation to the Colin Kaepernick collusion case against the NFL, a league source told ESPN's Adam..." November 03

  • CBS boss Les Moonves: NFL player protests not affecting advertising

    Sporting News "While Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter is blaming “poor leadership” at the NFL, vis a vis player protests during the national anthem, for a decline in the company’s pizza sales, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves insists there is no evidence of advertiser erosion during broadcasts of the league’s..." November 03

  • James Andrew Miller: Why ESPN Could Abandon NFL Football

    The Hollywood Reporter "It’s not outlandish to entertain a previously unthinkable prospect: Might ESPN elect to go without rights to NFL games? ​In a span of less than five years, industry giant ESPN has seen its narrative transformed from that of a mighty colossus into the hard-luck tale of a ragtag warrior. As it..." October 30

  • Why NFL trade deadline does not produce NBA-, MLB-like blockbuster deals

    Sporting News "Every year as the NFL trade deadline nears, we speculate about player trades. And every year, the trade deadline comes and goes with almost no action. To many, it seems odd that the NFL has not embraced trades the way other leagues have. Bad teams in other sports become sellers, and the trade..." October 30

  • Chris Christie calls NFL “hypocrisy” on gambling “overwhelming”

    Pro Football Talk "As the NFL paves the way for putting a team in Las Vegas, it continues to push back against the ongoing effort to pave the way for sports wagering in all 50 states. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose state’s effort to launch sports wagering sparked the lawsuit that will be resolved by the..." October 25

  • Rams coach Sean McVay says team hasn’t ‘arrived by any stretch’ after 5-2 start

    Clutch Points "Last season, the Los Angeles Rams limped to the finish line with an interim head coach and an uncertain future. It didn’t take long for the team to find a new head coach in the post-Jeff Fisher era, however, with Sean McVay, formerly of the Washington Redskins, getting the nod. Seven games into..." October 23

  • President Trump notes players still kneeling during national anthem

    Pro Football Talk "President Trump’s push to keep NFL players who don’t stand during the national anthem a major storyline continued on Monday morning. Players from the Giants, Seahawks and 49ers did not stand for the anthem before Sunday’s games and the President took note of it as well as the fact that the..." October 23

  • Donald Trump’s Petition Seeks ‘Stand For National Anthem’ Supporters

    NESN "Donald Trump now is trying to combat an athletes’ movement with one of his own. The president released a petition Thursday on the Republican National Committee website, in which he asks people to register their support for standing for the national anthem. “The President has asked for a..." October 20

  • Todd Gurley on international games: “It needs to stop”

    Clutch Points "As part of the NFL’s initiative to expand its worldwide coverage, a handful of regular-season games have been hosted in various countries – predominantly in England – for the past few seasons. For the 2017 season, the league added an extra game to the NFL International Series, capping those events..." October 20

  • Rams uniform changes are coming – but not before 2019

    Orange County Register "Unless a future 2017 regular-season road opponent throws the Rams a curve ball, it looks like they won’t have to wear the hideous mismatched uniforms they wore against the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars. That’s the good news. On the flip side, the major changes the Rams have planned..." October 19

  • President Trump slams NFL for not forcing players to stand for anthem

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL is back on President Trump’s radar Wednesday. The President went on a Twitter spurt Wednesday morning and the NFL’s announcement that there will be no change to league rules regarding the national anthem was part of his agenda. After a day that included a meeting between players and..." October 18

  • Seahawks bring in former Rams’ safety Maurice Alexander for a visit

    Seattle Times "While the Seahawks may be most avidly looking to improve their offensive line that doesn’t mean they also aren’t constantly looking to see if they can add to other areas of the team, as well. And one interesting name said to be visiting the Seahawks this week is safety Maurice Alexander, who..." October 17

  • Eric Reid doesn’t think rule change on anthem is coming

    Pro Football Talk "In a statement about Tuesday’s meeting between the NFL, NFLPA, players and team owners in New York, the NFL and NFLPA said that everyone in the NFL community has “a tremendous respect” for the national anthem but it doesn’t sound like the anthem was a focal point of the meeting. Albert Breer of..." October 17

  • Donald will be tough test for Linder-less OL

    Jacksonville Times-Union "San Francisco 49ers right guard Brandon Fusco had almost no chance. With the 49ers trailing the Los Angeles Rams 41-39 during Week 3 and facing fourth-and-20 with under two minutes remaining, Fusco had the responsibility of blocking defensive tackle Aaron Donald one-on-one. Donald used his..." October 14

  • Sean McVay’s ‘crazy mind,’ play-calling skills quickly gaining notice in NFL circles

    L.A. Daily News "Since 2015, when Washington head coach Jay Gruden quietly handed play-calling duties to his 29-year-old offensive coordinator, Sean McVay has earned a reputation in football circles as somewhat of a play-calling savant. Ask those who witnessed his swift ascent through the ranks — from..." October 14

  • NFL TV audience numbers continue to decline early in 2017 season

    Sporting News "No wonder alarm bells are sounding in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s office. The league's average TV audience through Week 5 of the 2017 season dropped 7 percent vs. the same period of the 2016 season, according to Nielsen data obtained by Sporting News. Worse for the league, the average..." October 13

  • Alec Ogletree, Rams agree on 4-year, $42M extension

    NFL.com "The Los Angeles Rams are making sure one of their defensive stalwarts will remain under contract heading into the next decade. The Rams announced Thursday they have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with linebacker Alec Ogletree. The deal is worth $42 million and includes $30..." October 13

  • Sammy Watkins is 'frustrated' by his role in the Rams offense after five games

    CBS Sports "There is a pretty decent history of Sammy Watkins not always being thrilled with his situation in the NFL. It's hard to blame him, considering he spent most of his career with the Buffalo Bills in the height of their dysfunction, but the latest concern is with the Rams and it's not great news...." October 12

  • NFL: No Change To National Anthem Policy

    Pro Football Rumors "Although reports earlier this week indicated that the NFL may force players to stand for the national anthem, the NFL and NFLPA today released a joint statement indicating that the league’s policy has not been altered. “Commissioner Roger Goodell reached out to NFLPA Executive Director..." October 12

  • Donald Trump keeps the pressure on the NFL over anthem

    Pro Football Talk "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is really trying to move past the national anthem controversy. But President Donald Trump keeps trying to paint him into a corner, in an effort to prove that he’s the most patriotic. Trump’s at it on the Twitter machine again this morning, with more bluster..." October 11

  • Roger Goodell Sends Letter to Teams Essentially Saying They Are About to Force Players to Stand for Anthem

    Black Sports Online "The NFL is about to get on their knees for Donald Trump. Donald Trump said there should be a policy in place to force players to stand for anthem. Jerry Jones and other owners have already started the process of threatening the players. Now, Roger Goodell who works for the owners has sent a..." October 11

  • Sean McVay responds to Sammy Watkins’ cryptic tweets about role in offense

    Larry Brown Sports "Sammy Watkins has had an inconsistent role in a vastly improved Los Angeles Rams offense this year, and the star wide receiver could be growing a little frustrated over it. After he drew four targets and did not catch a pass in a 16-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Watkins had an..." October 10

  • Sammy Watkins confused with role in Rams offense

    Los Angeles Times "The Rams’ acquisition of receiver Sammy Watkins in August sent shockwaves through the NFL as the Rams traded for a player expected to ignite the offense. On Monday, the day after his team lost to the Seattle Seahawks, coach Sean McVay spent part of the day counseling Watkins about his lack of..." October 10

  • Donald Trump takes aim at NFL’s “tax breaks”

    Pro Football Talk "The President of the United States is on the warpath with the NFL again this morning, issuing his usual subtle threats. Donald Trump is using the NFL as a foil in his battle to make himself synonymous with patriotism and the flag, after his strong-arming teams into making guys stand for the..." October 10

  • Rookie safety John Johnson III makes a splash in first start with Rams

    Los Angeles Times "Rams rookie safety John Johnson III made his first start, grabbed his first interception and nearly scored his first touchdown in a 16-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. If only he hadn’t run out of gas 19 yards short of the goal line at the Coliseum. Johnson stepped in front of..." October 09

  • Rams waive Maurice Alexander, activate Mike Thomas

    Pro Football Talk "Safety Maurice Alexander has gone from the Rams starting lineup to their inactive list to off the team entirely in a pretty big hurry. The Rams announced on Monday that they have waived Alexander. The move comes a day after Alexander, who started the first four games of this season and 19 games..." October 09

  • Peyton Manning Could Return To NFL As GM Next Year; Browns, Titans & Rams Options?

    NFL Trade Rumors "Jay Glazer of FOX Sports (per Mike Jurecki) reported earlier this morning that Peyton Manning could return to the NFL as a GM next year. Interestingly enough, Glazer mentioned the Browns, Titans and Rams as three options worth keeping an eye on for Manning. It’s possible that a team could lure..." October 09

  • Rams’ Jared Goff off to near-perfect start, but Seahawks present test

    L.A. Daily News "It’s been addition by subtraction for Rams quarterback Jared Goff this season. Mostly gone are the unsteady feet, the throws into double coverage and the time spent chasing down defensive backs. Goff has been nearly flawless. He has attempted 117 passes with only one interception, and that..." October 08

  • Sammy Watkins admits he was ‘selfish’ to demand more targets with Bills

    Larry Brown Sports "A week after he enjoyed a breakout game with six receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns, Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins drew just two targets in a win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4. Unlike two years ago, he now understands that the final score is all that matters. During..." October 07

  • NFL has 'no tolerance for racial comments directed to anyone'

    ESPN "If it is able to identify the person who allegedly shouted a racial slur at Terrelle Pryor on Monday night, the NFL will ban that fan from future games, league spokesman Joe Lockhart said on a conference call Thursday. "We have no tolerance for racial comments directed to anyone," Lockhart..." October 05

  • Rams’ Sean McVay, Jared Goff putting trust in variety of pass-game targets

    L.A. Daily News "Sharing isn’t just polite; it’s effective. That’s a lesson from the Rams this season. The Rams have the NFL’s highest-scoring offense, and its fifth-most prolific, because new coach Sean McVay’s pass attack has been unpredictable. The Rams are spreading the ball around and utilizing..." October 05

  • Deshaun Watson, Todd Gurley among Players of Week

    NFL.com "The quarter mark of the NFL season is officially in the books. Who would have imagined that the Bills would be alone atop the AFC East while the Rams would be leading the NFC West? Thanks to a veteran kicker's seven field goals and a rookie quarterback's five scores, the Rams and Texans emerged..." October 04

  • Personal info on nearly 1,200 NFL players and agents exposed in NFLPA database leak

    USA Today "Colin Kaepernick was among 1,133 players and agents whose personal information was exposed due to a misconfigured online database operated by the NFL Players Association, according to an internet security company. Kaepernick, who was the target of death threats last year as he knelt during the..." October 04

  • Anheuser-Busch has no plans to end relationship with NFL despite rumors

    Larry Brown Sports "Anheuser-Busch may have created a recording specifically for people who were calling the company to inquire about its sponsorship of the NFL, but that does not mean the company is considering pulling the plug on one of its most profitable partnerships. Over the weekend, rumors began circulating..." October 03

  • Todd Gurley is begging Los Angeles fans to come to Rams home games

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Rams are arguably the most surprising story of the first quarter of the NFL's season, jumping out to a 3-1 record and looking like an entirely different franchise from the lethargic team we saw in 2016. On Sunday, they went on the road and beat the Cowboys in Dallas, serving notice..." October 03

  • The Rams are 3-1 again, and have hope that history won’t be repeated

    L.A. Daily News "Jeff Fisher knew it. Anyone who watched the Rams probably shared the sentiment. Last October, shortly after the Rams improved their record to 3-1, documentary cameras captured then-coach Fisher as he told his assistants, “If we stay doing what we’re doing, we’re not going to win another..." October 03

  • Rams RB Todd Gurley runs wild on Cowboys for career-high 215 yards from scrimmage

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Yes, the Dallas Cowboys missed linebacker Sean Lee on Sunday. But, as far as defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is concerned, that’s no excuse for the way the Los Angeles Rams gashed them in a 35-30 victory. In particular, Rams running back Todd Gurley proved to be a weapon the Cowboys..." October 02

  • Cowboys’ linebackers wary of Rams RB Todd Gurley’s versatility, production

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Dallas Cowboys are moving bodies around at the linebacker position because of injuries as they prepare to host the Los Angeles Rams at noon on Sunday. Sean Lee is dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice every day this week. He is listed as questionable for the..." October 01

  • Lamarcus Joyner out, Cody Davis questionable for Rams vs. Cowboys

    Pro Football Talk "The Rams will play without free safety Lamarcus Joyner. He left the Week 3 game against the 49ers with a hamstring injury and missed practice all week. “He is such a great competitor and he does so many different things for our defense, whether it’s playing the safety position in the base and..." September 29

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