The Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, now +1200 for a repeat in Glendale next February, are taking steps to make sure their title defense is a strong one.
The Rams locked up the future of QB Matthew Stafford Saturday by signing the former Detroit Lion to a four-year contract extension worth $160million.
How does Stafford deal stack up?
The new deal puts Stafford on a par with Dallas signal caller Dak Prescott, who signed a very similar deal in early 2021. It is less though than the deals inked by the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson and Josh Allen.
On the same day the Stafford deal was announced the Rams made a significant roster move, trading WR Robert Woods to Tennessee in return for a sixth-round draft pick in 2023.
Woods had been impressive in 2021 before tearing his ACL in practice right as the team signed Odell Beckham Jr to beef up its receiving corps. Overnight OBJ went from being a luxury to a necessity.
Rams making WR moves
The trading of Woods came just a couple of days after the Rams had signed former Chicago wideout Allen Robinson to a three-year, $46.5million pact. Now we wait to see Beckham Jr – coming off an ACL injury of his own sustained in the Super Bowl win over Cincinnati, will re-sign with the Rams.
Los Angeles, which lost pass rusher Von Miller to Buffalo earlier this week, is currently a +1200 shot (bet $100 to win $1200) to repeat as Super Bowl champion.
Los Angeles Rams Odds
Meanwhile the race to win the NFC in 2022 looks like a pretty open one and the Rams are again expected to be one of the powerhouses of what is a pretty weak conference right now. Los Angeles is +550 third best in thee betting odds behind Tampa Bay and Green Bay.