Tavon Austin could be on the outs in Los Angeles

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It was less than a year and a half ago that the Rams extended wide receiver Tavon Austin‘s contract. Now, they might be looking to get out from under it.

Via Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com, the Rams could be about to cut Austin, since he, you know, doesn’t really do much for them and they can save some money in the process.

If he’s still on the roster on March 16 they owe him a $5 million roster bonus. They can save $3 million in cap space by cutting him now, but there’s a cash savings that’s considerable since he’s under contract through 2021.

The Rams picked him eighth overall in 2013, with then-coach Jeff Fisher envisioning a dual threat which was going to electrify their offense. It didn’t work. Austin caught 13 passes last season, and was replaced as punt returner by Pharoh Cooper. He played two snaps in the playoff loss to the Falcons.

Veteran linebacker Mark Barron and pass-rusher Robert Quinn could also be cap cuts, for a team trying to figure out a way to sign defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

23 responses to “Tavon Austin could be on the outs in Los Angeles

  1. phootbolgawd says:
    February 6, 2018 at 2:53 pm
    Deuces! I bet the Patriots could put him to good use.
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    Or maybe his hometown team? Or the one down the Beltway from there? Or the Jets?

    Not everyone goes to NE, Christ.

  2. Well, he is completely awful, but, on the other hand, he’s completely awful.

    Fun fact; Austin caught 13 balls and rushed 59 times last year, and fumbled five times, meaning he fumbled on about one in every seven touches. He’s averaged less than nine yards per reception over his career, and his catch rate is under 60%.

  3. phootbolgawd says:
    February 6, 2018 at 2:53 pm
    Deuces! I bet the Patriots could put him to good use.
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    They have some good guys already. The one role they may need to fill would be if Edelmans knee cant hold up (his age plus his high quickness playing style puts a lot of stress on it) and Amendola doesnt sign back up.

    There are other areas on the team that I think need more focus than recievers. (Some would say the defense needs to get better?)

  4. Showed some early promise especially in the punt return game but man has he went downhill. Has never been able to run a typical receiver route and gained real bad fumbleitis. You don’t pay 10 mil a year to a “scatback” running jet sweeps. He is as good as gone.

  5. The Rams would take a cap hit of $5M if they cut him but save over $30M over the remaining life of the contract. This seems to be a no-brainer. I wouldn’t expect any other team to give him big money. More than likely it will be a very small number with lots of incentives. That’s probably they only way he can be motivated to perform.

  6. “It was less than a year and a half ago that the Rams extended wide receiver Tavon Austin‘s contract.”

    Last I heard, Jeff Fischer was not the Ram’s GM, so maybe point the finger at Les Snead or whoever decided to extend Austin.

  7. They’ll work out a long term deal with Donald and then tag Watkins to save face since they traded a 2nd rounder for him and don’t want to look like fools. Bye bye Austin.

  8. That comes out to about $250,000 per bubble screen (most of which are blown up at the LOS.)

    I think he has a place in the NFL, but not at nearly his current contract amount.

  9. I remember when Fisher signed him on Hard Knocks and I couldn’t believe a “WR” that can’t run routes or catch was getting $10m+ per season. It reminded me of NBA contracts: “Well, you’re a liability in the 4th quarter due to your lack of defense and poor shooting, but you look good sitting on the bench so here’s a 4yr-$60m deal”

  10. Fun fact; Austin caught 13 balls and rushed 59 times last year, and fumbled five times, meaning he fumbled on about one in every seven touches.

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    Interesting math.

  11. First round bust. You can spin it anyway you want. He wasn’t in the right offense,
    the coaches didn’t know how to use him properly, or he just didin’t get the ball enough etc. He was all hype and little production.

  12. I certainly hope the Ram’s front office will cut some players that are under-performing and also not make the same mistakes again. They have made some horrendously terrible high round draft picks and overpaid a few players. This team can upgrade through free-agency if they spend wisely.

  13. justanotherfan101 says:
    February 9, 2018 at 1:39 pm
    I certainly hope the Ram’s front office will cut some players that are under-performing and also not make the same mistakes again. They have made some horrendously terrible high round draft picks and overpaid a few players. This team can upgrade through free-agency if they spend wisely.
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    The wisdom of this post is similar to my stock market advice for you: Buy low, sell high.

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