The Rams have traded Cam Akers to the Vikings, according to CBS Sports Lead NFL Insider Jonathan Jones. The deal reportedly involves a swap of 2026 late-round picks. The trade comes three days after it was initially reported that Akers was on the trading block. Akers was inactive Sunday for the Rams’ 30-23 Week 2 loss against the 49ers.
On Monday, head coach Sean McVay essential confirmed Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer’s report by telling reporters that general manager Les Snead has spoken with a few teams about Akers, per The Athletic.
“Felt like that was best for our football team,” McVay said, via NFL.com. “Felt like Kyren [Williams] gave us the best opportunity and what Ronnie (Rivers) and Royce (Freeman) had done, so that was the decision that I made.”
A former second-round pick, Akers helped the Rams win the Super Bowl during his second season after recovering from an Achilles injury that was sustained during the summer. He rushed for a career-high 786 yards and seven touchdowns last year despite asking for a trade during the first half of the season. Akers had just 29 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries during the Rams’ Week 1 loss to the Seahawks.
“I have tremendous respect for Cam Akers, but I felt like for our football team today and in this game and as we moved forward, that was going to be the best decision for us,” McVay added.
In Minnesota, Akers will join a Vikings rushing attack that is last in the NFL through two weeks. Akers will reunite with Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell, who was the Rams offensive coordinator during Akers’ first two seasons.