After five years with the Rams organization, Tavon Austin will be in the market for a new team. The Rams plan to either trade or release the receiver and it is expected to happen before March 14, 2018.
Tavon Austin came from West Virginia in 2013 with a lot of hype surrounding him and placing him as a prolific playmaker. For the 2015 campaign, Austin parlayed a breakout campaign with 10 touchdowns and almost 1,000 yards from scrimmage into a prodigious four-year $42 million dollar deal in 2016.
During the 2015 campaign, Austin totaled 907 combined rushing and receiving yards and scored 9 touchdowns, making the Rams cut this $42 million deal. In 2016, Austin totaled 509 yards with 28 receptions on 107 targets. However, in 2017, a setback started with only 13 receptions and 47 yards. He only scored 1 touchdown for the team.
But Austin never really lived up to the contract and Los Angeles Rams are willing to cut him from the team. The first option of the Rams will be to trade him. Most probably the team will not receive anything close to a profitable return but, to the Rams, a small return is better than no return at all.
If trading does not work, the team will release him before his roster bonus of $5 million is paid out. Given that this will happen by March 16, it is guaranteed that the team would be releasing him by March 14. If the Rams have to release him, it will cost them $5 million in dead money. Freeing him up will cost $3 million in cap savings.
The move is not an easy one for the Rams. In the end, it is a way for them to admit that it all went wrong with this contract and now they just have to move on.
This will prove to be a challenge as the Rams have to find a trading partner for an underperforming player with such massive contract.