Will Trading for RB Cam Akers Help the Vikings’ Rushing Attack?

Edgar Chaput | Updated Sep 21, 2023

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In a follow-up to a story from earlier this week, the Minnesota Vikings have bolstered their rushing attack by acquiring Cam Akers from the Los Angeles Rams.

For now, it seems like a perfect fit. With running back Cam Akers discontent in L.A. and the Minnesota Vikings sporting the worst rushing attack in the NFL, a deal was made on Wednesday. Minnesota sends conditional sixth and seventh-round picks in the 2026 NFL draft to Los Angeles.

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Vikings Trade for Rams RB Cam Akers

Entering Week 3 of the NFL season, Kevin O’Connell’s Vikings sports the worst rushing offence in the NFL. Mustering only 34 yards per game, clearly, Dalvin Cook’s departure left a much larger hole in the running attack than what the staff anticipated. An opportunity came calling when word got out on Monday that the Los Angeles Rams could be looking to deal Cam Akers, who has clashed with the Rams since last season and fallen out of favour with head coach Sean McVay.

The sides came to an agreement on Wednesday, with the Vikings getting the disgruntled 2020 draftee in exchange for a pair of low-round 2026 conditional draft picks.

Cam Akers was a healthy scratch in the Rams’ Week 2 battle against the San Francisco 49ers. McVay has evidently made his choice as to who is the lead rusher in L.A., and it’s Kyren Williams, not Akers.

Akers and Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell have a history together. The latter was the offensive coordinator for the Rams in 2020 and 2021.

The Minnesota Vikings host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.