Rams getting rid of Tavon Austin

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The Rams are swinging big this offseason, both in terms of taking on someone else’s problems and admitting their own mistakes.

According to Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network, the Rams going to either trade or release wide receiver Tavon Austin before the start of the league year.

They’re still on the hook for $5 million of the $8 million he’s due this year, but this one can easily be justified from a football standpoint.

He simply hasn’t done much since signing a six-year, $56 million contract in 2016. He caught just 13 passes last year, and the Rams made the move for Sammy Watkins which made him surplus to requirements

The former eighth-overall pick could still draw some interest, but he was never worth the original investment of draft currency or the contract.

32 responses to “Rams getting rid of Tavon Austin

  1. tavon austin and brandon cooks are often compared but the two are very different. cooks is a much better wide out but austin is much better after the catch.
    if austin does the smart thing and links up with the whodats this summer you will see exactly how different the two are.

  2. I suspect that this will be a release situation. Tavon Austin just hasn’t done alot in the NFL, and his stats sure don’t justify a second look. I think they made a mistake with the contract they gave him in the first place. Maybe someone picks him up on a light contract, but I don’t think he is very good trade bait, even for a low round pick or two.

  3. tavon austin and brandon cooks are often compared but the two are very different. cooks is a much better wide out but austin is much better after the catch.
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    Tavon Austin isn’t better than Brandin Cooks at anything; Austin is a complete bust. Austin and Cooks are about the same size; Cooks has a 68% career catch rate, at 14.1 yards/reception. Tavon Austin has a 59% catch rate, at 8.7 yards/catch. Cooks has 3 career fumbles. Austin has 21. He averages a fumble for every 18 touches in his career.

    Austin is a classic example that being fast doesn’t make you good. He can’t catch and can’t hold onto the ball even if he does catch it.

  4. I remember the frenzy that this guy produced just before the draft. Teams trying to trade up to get him. His play has been that of a late round draft pick. Too small and weak. I always gave him a pass because prior to McVay they would just throw him 2 yard passes six times a game. But if McVay can’t use you then you just aren’t that good.

  5. Well, who takes responsibility for that previous stupid contract?

    Remember when it was said how baseball owners need to be protected from themselves.
    Sparky Anderson said of more than a $1 million salary “What are they going to do, Eat It?

  6. I think he can play a role in someone’s offense but he’s going to have to take a low-money prove-it deal to show he has value to a team. If he’s willing to do that then he will probably be on a roster this fall.

  7. milkmandanimal says:
    March 1, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    tavon austin and brandon cooks are often compared but the two are very different. cooks is a much better wide out but austin is much better after the catch.
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    Tavon Austin isn’t better than Brandin Cooks at anything; Austin is a complete bust. Austin and Cooks are about the same size; Cooks has a 68% career catch rate, at 14.1 yards/reception. Tavon Austin has a 59% catch rate, at 8.7 yards/catch. Cooks has 3 career fumbles. Austin has 21. He averages a fumble for every 18 touches in his career.

    Austin is a classic example that being fast doesn’t make you good. He can’t catch and can’t hold onto the ball even if he does catch it.

    well, I think we can all agree Cooks has had better qb’s to work with than Austin.

  8. well, I think we can all agree Cooks has had better qb’s to work with than Austin.
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    A two-yard reception is a deep throw to Tavon Austin; I don’t think the quality of the QB really much impacts the fact Austin is basically known as the guy who drops WR screen passes and fumbles jet sweeps.

  9. He’s at best a #3 WR and a serviceable returner, but his fumbles make him a second tier option at either position.

  10. Tavon Austin was incredible to watch in college. In the NFL, where everyone is bigger and faster? Not so much.

    Also, the top of that 2013 draft was an incredible dumpster fire, especially when you consider that guys like AJ Bouye didn’t even get drafted at all.

    Fun stuff to bear in mind when we’re all getting hyped over the incoming prospects at the combine.

  11. He can thank the stars that Jeff Fisher was able to hang on in this league until after he gave Austin his $10 mill/yr contract. Tavon will probably not make $10 mill the rest of his career but Jeff set him up for life.

  12. Tavon Austin can still be extremely dangerous if he lands on a team with some completely different skilled receivers. His success in college at West Virginia was not a mirage. He is talented. He would actually be a major weapon on a team with an elite receiver like Julio Jones.

  13. uglydingo says:

    March 1, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Tavon Austin can still be extremely dangerous if he lands on a team with some completely different skilled receivers. His success in college at West Virginia was not a mirage. He is talented. He would actually be a major weapon on a team with an elite receiver like Julio Jones.

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    It is only funny and shows a lack of knowledge when people try to use what a guy does in college to justify it must be some other reason some player turn out to be a bust in the NFL.

  14. cooks is a much better wide out but austin is much better after the catch.
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    Tavon Austin isn’t better than Brandin Cooks at anything
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    Anyone who watched the super bowl would agree that Austin is better after the catch

  15. As a Saints fan I would like to humbly disagree with the first commenter’s post, and add “Please, god, no, god, no, NO”

  16. People are questioning why the Rams drafted the guy. Are you kidding? The 2011 season he caught 101 passes for 1100 yds. 2012 season 114 passes for 1289 yds…plus rushed for 600+ yds. He has blazing speed but isn’t the biggest receiver…neither is Cooks, Amendola, Wes Welker etc. He just needs a change of scenery and an offense that fits his skill-set.

  17. Tavon Austin was NOT part of the RG3 trade. Alec Ogletree, Michael Brockers, and Janoris Jenkins, plus a few others, were. If it was just Brockers for RG3, this is a huge trade win for the Rams.

  18. Simple solution for any team interested…

    Hey Tavon, you are now the young Darren Sproles. Here is 2 million per year to handle the ball on 3rd downs and maybe a total of 10 times per game.

    You’re welcome.

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