NFL Roundup: Rams Trade Robinson for Cheap; New Backup for Mahomes; Top Tackle Prospect Visits Philly
Less than two years after their Super Bowl LVI victory, the Los Angeles Rams continue their roster reshuffle.
On Tuesday afternoon, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the Rams will trade wide receiver Allen Robinson to the Pittsburgh Steelers, pending a physical.
The #Steelers are working to finalize a trade to acquire veteran WR Allen Robinson from the #Rams and have been granted permission to give him a physical, per sources.
If the Steelers are comfortable with the physical, Robinson is expected to land in Pittsburgh. pic.twitter.com/AIm6BMox7l
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 18, 2023
According to Adam Schefter, the deal is a 7th round pick swap with the Rams paying the majority of Robinson’s salary.
It was just an offseason ago that Robinson was considered the prize WR in free agency. The Philadelphia Eagles were in close pursuit but ultimately chose not to outbid a three-year, $46.5 million offer from Los Angeles.
The Eagles certainly do not regret missing out after being able to pivot to superstar A.J. Brown while the 29-year-old Robinson struggled to find health and consistency in Sean McVay’s depleted offense, finishing the season with just 339 yards in 10 games.
It was the second straight injury-marked season for Robinson, who has recorded a combined 749 yards and four touchdowns over the past two seasons.
With multiple 1,000+ yard seasons under his belt, he is more than capable of production when healthy, but will have to prove that his best days are not behind him.
Pittsburgh adds the Pro Bowler to a busy pass target room to help the 2022 first round QB Kenny Pickett. Diontae Johnson serves as a steady reliable target, while the second-year George Pickens impressed with highlight catches and 801 yards in his rookie season.
Known as a bigger-bodied receiver at 210 pounds, Robinson could potentially fill the roles of an ‘X’ receiver or serve as a “big slot” in Offensive Coordinator Matt Canada’s offense.
Blaine Gabbert will go from backing up the greatest quarterback in NFL history to backing up a player who may very well end his career surpassing him.
According to Pat McAfee, Gabbert has agreed to a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
BREAKING: Blaine Gabbert is signing with the Kansas City Chiefs #PMSLive pic.twitter.com/1Heuj2A6E8
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) April 18, 2023
To backup Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs are looking for a veteran QB to replace the recently retired Chad Henne, and the 13-year journeyman fits the bill.
The 2011 first round pick will join the sixth team of his career after spending his last three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, winning a Super Bowl ring behind Tom Brady.
While he has not made a start since 2018, Gabbert should see plenty of playing opportunities to relieve Patrick Mahomes in blowout wins.
Paris Johnson Jr.
A top lineman prospect is making the rounds in the final days before the draft that includes a trip to Philadelphia.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Ohio State tackle Paris Johnson visited the Eagles early on Tuesday before heading to meet the New York Jets.
Ohio State LT Paris Johnson is in Philly for a pre-draft visit with the #Eagles today and then heads up to see the #Jets tonight and tomorrow, sources say. He also visited the #AZCardinals last week. Lots of possible fits in the top 10-15 for the talented, well-rounded prospect.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 18, 2023
Johnson began his collegiate career as a guard for the Buckeyes before moving to left tackle in 2022.
Protecting CJ Stroud’s blindside, Ohio State averaged 490 yards and 44.2 points per game as Johnson was named a Consensus All-American.
While both left and right tackle are solidified for the time being in Philly, Howie Roseman has never shied away from addressing the trenches early.
The 21-year-old prospect fits particularly well with the Jets as a result of their current instability at both tackle spots.
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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