The Los Angeles Rams have a bunch of positions to address this offseason as they continue building toward becoming contenders in 2024, and tight end will surely be one of them.
Tyler Higbee tore his ACL and MCL in the playoff loss to Detroit and may not be ready for Week 1. Brycen Hopkins is also a pending free agent, leaving very little depth and experience at the position for next season.
While Higbee hasn’t been ruled out for the start of the season yet, expecting him to be 100% healthy in eight months after an injury like that is unwise.
So, the Rams will probably look to bring in some help, either via free agency or the draft.
When considering Higbee’s knee injury, this doesn’t look like a wildly impressive group.
Long missed significant time in 2023, Forristall and Kalinic will be fringe roster players this offseason and Allen will only be in his second year.
Tight end hasn’t been a high-priority position for the Rams during Sean McVay’s tenure because Higbee has been such a steady player, but the group heading into 2024 isn’t a strong one and could absolutely use some attention.
Hopkins was supposed to step up as the No. 2 tight end after Gerald Everett left in 2021, but he has yet to carve out a big role for himself in the NFL.
Sure, he’s had his moments and he helped the Rams during their Super Bowl run, but 13 catches for 196 yards in four seasons isn’t going to cut it as a former fourth-round pick.
He’s the Rams’ only pending free agent at tight end and given the fact that he was a healthy scratch at times in 2023, it’s unlikely they’re going to re-sign him.