The Los Angeles Rams and running back Cam Akers appear to be destined for a messy divorce after Akers was held out of the team’s Week 2 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Los Angeles drafted Akers in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft and he started for the Rams in their Super Bowl 56 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
But after a solid, if unspectacular, 2022 season, it now looks like Akers is on the way out in LA.
The 24-year-old carried the ball 22 times for just 29 yards in Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. Second-year back Kyren Williams, meanwhile, had 15 carries for 52 yards.
One week later, Akers was a healthy scratch against San Fran.
Now, Rams coach Sean McVay says that Akers has likely played his last game for the organization.
“I feel very good about the clarity that was provided to him on Friday and Saturday, both through he and [agent] David Mulugheta,” McVay said on Monday. “And that’s unfortunate, but I feel like it was very clear in regards to our dialogue.”
McVay also stated that Los Angeles general manager Les Snead has spoken with “a handful of teams” about a trade for Akers, and “that’s the direction that we’re headed.”
It’s hard to pinpoint where exactly things went sideways between Akers and the Rams. But we’re also not privy to what goes on behind the scenes.
One thing is certain, however. There’s so shortage of teams that could use his services. Both the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants are in search of running back help. Star backs Saquon Barkley and Nick Chubb both went out with injuries in Week 2.
New York expects Barkley to return within a few weeks after spraining his ankle. While Chubb is expected to miss the entire season after a gruesome knee injury.
Both make for good potential landing spots for Akers. But whether that’s where he ends up remains to be seen.