The biggest move in the NFL this offseason didn’t involve a player or coach.
Instead, it was an entire team, as the Rams headed back to Los Angeles from St. Louis, finally putting an end to the constant speculation about when the league would return to the country’s No. 2 television market.
In true Hollywood fashion, the team also made a blockbuster trade, moving up to acquire the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, which they used on University of California quarterback Jared Goff.
Of course, the price was huge: The Rams gave up two first-round picks (2016 and 2017), two second-round picks (both in 2016) and two third-round picks (2016 and 2017).
The Buffalo News continues its look at the Bills’ opponents in 2016 with a closer look at the Rams, who host Buffalo in Week Five.
Additions: CB Coty Sensabaugh (previously with Tennessee), DT Dominique Easley (New England), DE Quinton Coples (Miami), DT Dam Thomas (Pittsburgh).
Analysis: Sensabaugh is coming off his best season, having started all 16 games in 2015. He’ll step into a starting role. … Easley and Coples are both former first-round picks who washed out with their original teams.
Subtractions: CB Janoris Jenkins (signed with New York Giants), DE Chris Long (New England), TE Jared Cook (Green Bay), DT Nick Fairley (New Orleans), LB James Laurinaitis (New Orleans).
Analysis: Jenkins is the biggest loss. He landed a contract worth up to $62 million with the Giants. … Long is on the tail end of his career, but served as one of the Rams’ leaders. … Cook was a big splash in free agency that never really paid off. … Fairley’s one season in St. Louis was a continuation of the disappointment he’s been as a former first-round pick.
Draft report: Goff, Western Kentucky TE Tyler Higbee (fourth round), South Carolina WR Pharoh Cooper (fourth round).
Analysis: Both Higbee and Cooper could see the field as rookies for the Rams. … This year’s draft class, and next year’s, for that matter, will be ultimately judged on how Goff develops.
Returning Pro Bowlers: DT Aaron Donald, RB Todd Gurley, P Johnny Hekker.
Biggest question: Will Goff be the Day One starter? The Rams originally planned to start Case Keenum this season. They also still have Nick Foles on the roster. Either one of them could keep the seat warm until they decide Goff is ready. Will that be by Week Five when the Bills visit?