The Los Angeles Rams have sidelined running back Cam Akers and will explore options to trade Akers to a new team so that he can find “a fresh new start with another team”, head coach Sean McVay said.
According to ESPN’s Sarah Barshop, McVay said if trading Akers “doesn’t come to fruition, then we’ll figure out a solution, how to best move forward with him here” adding that he wouldn’t take the possibility that Akers plays for the Rams again “off the table.”
“I’d like to think I’m a very open-minded person,” he said. “But I think when you look at certain situations and scenarios with the way that things have kind of unfolded, as of right now, I think … the best option for all parties … would be to explore if there’s a good situation for him with another team.
“If that doesn’t come to fruition, I would never say that him coming back and figuring out the best way to be able to utilize him and him be the best player he’s capable of is, is off the table. I would never speak in absolutes like that.”
McVay says that there has been good communication between the two sides regarding the situation, adding that it “has been pretty clear and there’s been good dialogue.”
“Sometimes good dialogue can lead to clarity on making a decision that isn’t necessarily easy, but it’s the best,” McVay said. “… And I’m never going to claim to always make the right decisions, but when you weigh the different things that we’re working through and trying to figure out what’s best for our football team and running back room in particular, that’s kind of the direction that we’re leaning towards right now.”
“I will say a lot of these types of discussions go on and nothing comes to fruition,” McVay said. “And then sometimes things happen a lot quicker based on finding someone that accommodates the things that maybe you’re looking for or that suits the interest of the player and our team. And so it just takes one. But in a lot of instances, sometimes things never work out.”
Akers, who has 151 rushing yards and a touchdown this season, has been supplanted by Darrell Henderson Jr. and Malcolm Brown.