St. Louis Rams’ Zac Stacy Reportedly Asking for Trade or Release


According to a Thursday evening report from ESPN’s Adam Caplan, St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy will ask for a trade or for his release following the Rams’ surprise selection of Georgia running back Todd Gurley with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft:

Stacy had subtly expressed dissatisfaction with the selection of his former SEC opponent earlier in the evening, sending out a cryptic one-word tweet that simply said “Yikes.” The tweet has since been deleted.

It’s debatable whether it was really even necessary for Stacy to explicitly make that request, as he has fallen to no higher than fourth on the Rams’ running back depth chart following Gurley’s selection. This front office has not shown much sustained loyalty at the running back position; just last year, they released running back Daryl Richardson, the team’s opening day starter in 2013, days after selecting Tre Mason in the third round of the draft.

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Stacy fell into the same trap as Richardson in 2014, beginning the season as the starter but being replaced by a rookie in Mason after the first four games of the season. He maintained a timeshare with Mason in the rookie’s first week, but by the next week, Stacy saw no touches against the Seattle Seahawks. He went on to have three more games in which he didn’t touch the football, and he collected just 11 carries for 53 yards over the remainder of the season.

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Seeing as he amassed 973 yards and seven touchdowns on 250 carries over 12 starts as a rookie in 2013, Stacy might still have a bit of trade value. If the Rams move quickly enough, they might be able to net an extra late-round selection in this weekend’s draft.

Unfortunately, with Stacy apparently out the door, the Rams will be losing one of their biggest contributors in the community. Stacy, who earned a degree in special education at Vanderbilt, worked with Best Buddies Missouri, an organization which provides enriching experience for children with special needs, to plan the organization’s inaugural “Friendship Walk” at Creve Coeur Park this weekend.

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