Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead speaks to the media during the 2020 NFL Combine in the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Rams GM Les Snead to draft from garage after positive test

Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead will contribute to the team’s draft plans from his garage on Friday after testing positive for COVID-19, he said.

In a news conference held late Thursday, Snead said he returned a positive test earlier in the day.

He and head coach Sean McVay both were determined to be close contacts of someone who had tested positive, but McVay tested negative.

Snead, 50, said he had his first COVID-19 vaccination and was awaiting the second. He said he was experiencing mild symptoms.

While Snead is holed up in his garage, the rest of the Rams entourage will be working out of a beach house in Malibu, Calif.

The Rams didn’t have a draft pick in Thursday’s first round after sending it to Jacksonville as part of the trade for cornerback Jalen Ramsey in October 2019. The Rams are slated to make their first selection in the No. 57 overall slot on Friday night.

The Rams also traded their first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, as well as a 2021 third-round pick (No. 101 overall), to the Detroit Lions as part of the trade for quarterback Matthew Stafford in January.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay with running back Cam Akers (23) and quarterback Jared Goff (16) against Green Bay Packers during the NFC Divisional Round at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

GM: QB ‘Jared Goff is a Ram at this moment’

Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead on Tuesday sidestepped questions about the future of quarterback Jared Goff with the team.

“Jared Goff is a Ram at this moment,” Snead told reporters during the team’s season-ending press conference, adding that it’s too early to disclose the ways in which the team intends to “tweak their model.”

When asked a second time if Goff will remain the quarterback of the Rams, Snead again was noncommittal.

“He’s a Ram right now, what’s today? Jan. 26,” Snead said, calling the future “a beautiful mystery,” a phrase used by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers last week while discussing his own future.

“He’s No. 2 in wins since he and Sean (McVay) have partnered together,” Snead went on. “That’s been a heckuva partnership. What I do think is the real thing that should come out of this is, hey, we want to be a better offense. And that includes Jared.”

Goff completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,952 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while also losing four fumbles. Goff’s yards and touchdowns were his fewest under the leadership of McVay, whose first year was 2017.

The Rams gave Goff a four-year, $134 million extension less than two years ago, including $110 million in total guaranteed money. The first year of that extension takes effect in 2021 with Goff set to make a base salary of $25.3 million.

The Rams went 10-6 and finished second in the NFC West behind the Seattle Seahawks, whom the Rams defeated in the wild-card game. The Rams then lost to the Packers in the divisional round, 32-18.

Goff required surgery on a thumb injury in late December, giving undrafted rookie John Wolford the start for the Rams in Week 17 and against Seattle in the wild-card round. However, Wolford left that game with a neck injury, paving the way for Goff’s return.

–Field Level Media