Gerald Everett has been a fixture in LA’s offense the past couple of seasons. He’s been praised Rams’ personnel for being a great athlete but has failed to have a breakout season that many expected. Over the course of 3 seasons with the Rams, the 25-year old has caught 86 receptions for 972 yards and 7 touchdowns. He’s been a part of a growing tight end competition with teammate Tyler Higbee that had been in his favor until last season.
Now the tide has seemed to change and Everett may have indicated it with a tweet last month. While it may not relate at all, it has stirred suspicion ever since.
waiting on a decision that’s already been made… ⏰ 💤
— Gerald Everett (@lightningstrk12) July 17, 2020
Tyler Higbee emerged as a serious threat to opposing teams towards the end of the season. From week 12-16 the tight end caught fire has he caught 42 passes for 522 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Without a doubt, Higbee became the man to got to quite often for Jared Goff. If he can continue that kind of production, then the 27-year old could find himself within Top-5 tight ends. With the emergence of Higbee as clear No. tight end and the drafting of Brycen Hopkins out of Purdue, Everett could see his time with the Rams coming to an end. With the hopes of a revamped run game, McVay and the Rams may be inclined to stick with their 11 personnel offense.
What do the Rams plan to do?
The Rams also have to look towards the impending free agency of Jalen Ramsey who they paid such a heavy price for. They also have productive receiver Cooper Kupp coming off the books and he’s already expressed his desire to stay, though do the Rams feel the same? Les Snead and Sean McVay are going to have their hands full trying to sign one or the other with their limited cap space. Finding enough space to keep Everett could be troublesome, especially since the Rams signed Higbee to a four-year $31+ million extension last September.
If the Rams are unsure of re-signing Everett, even by the slightest, then they should think trading him away for pieces that could help in the future. There’s no sense in holding on to him for the season just to see him sign with another team after the season. Whether it be through a trade or free agency, Gerald Everett’s time with the Rams could be coming to an end.