Los Angeles Rams Expected to Retain Running Back Akers

Things change quickly in the NFL. Jourdan Rodrigue of the Athletic believes the Los Angeles Rams will attempt to hold onto running back Cam Akers this offseason despite entertaining trade offers on the disgruntled third-year runner earlier this year.

Akers requested a trade from the Rams in the early weeks of the season due to unhappiness and philosophical differences with coach Sean McVay. The team entertained trade offers, but nothing materialized.

Akers is a young back on a low-cost rookie contract, so it makes sense for the Rams to retain his services. He's shown flashes of potential of late, totalling 247 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns over his last two games.

Akers may still not be happy with the Rams, but he simply doesn't have sufficient leverage to get his way. His career production (1187 rushing yards, 4.0 yards per attempt, 216 receiving yards) isn't tantalizing enough to truly tempt other teams to give up assets to acquire him. He'll remain with the Rams until he hits free agency in 2024 or until they decide he simply isn't worth the trouble.

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