The relatively long and rocky relationship between Cam Akers and the Los Angeles Rams has finally come to an end. The former second round pick in 2020 fell very out of favor with the Rams coaching staff over the past year, and he’s now heading to a different team.
On Wednesday, the Rams shipped away Akers to the Minnesota Vikings for what is being described as “a swap of late-round 2026 draft picks“.
What led to this?
Akers was not long for Los Angeles. A few weeks into the 2022 season, reports surfaced that Akers had requested a trade from the Rams that never materialized. Akers finished the season strong and profiled as the starter heading into 2023.
But in Week 1, it was Kyren Williams who played ahead of Akers. The latter ended up getting 22 carries, much of it in clock-killing mode, but only managed to churn out 29 yards.
Seemingly unhappy with his performance, head coach Sean McVay made Akers a healthy scratch in Week 2, handing Williams the keys to the backfield and using Ronnie Rivers as the backup for just a few snaps. The decision led to rumors of a potential trade on the horizon, and we eventually got it on Wednesday.
Opportunity in Minnesota
Akers will join a Vikings running back room with a lot of question marks. With Dalvin Cook leaving in the offseason, Alexander Mattison has acted as the starter, but he’s averaging only 3.3 yards per carry through two games. This comes after inefficient seasons of 3.8 and 3.7 yards per carry. Mattison’s backup has been Ty Chandler, who only has 10 career carries.
The former Ram will have a good shot at claiming the starting role, although it must be noted that Akers has never looked like his rookie year version following an Achilles tear.