Lately, the Los Angeles Rams have been on a role during this offseason. They are looking to create a dominant force for next year, scoring big in the free agent signing. Just like last season, they are looking to make it even farther in the playoffs next year; and they need to sign the right players in order to fulfill this dream. They already have a terrifying defensive line, but with all the free agent signings that they’ve done, there’s no telling what their defense will be capable of now. Here are the signees:
Ndamukong Suh DT
The Rams struck gold by signing Suh on Monday. He is on a one-year contract that is worth $14 million. But hold on, some people thought that it was a risky move. Yes, it was a lot of money, but was it a good fit? With Suh lined up alongside with Aaron Donald, the Rams’ defensive line would be a terrifying force to reckon with.
But, the problem is that they won’t be able to afford enough to give Donald an extension. Also, they have traded away the Rams’ top linebackers, Robert Quinn and Alec Ogletree without replacing them. Suh has played more snaps than any defensive linemen for the last eight years. He is very durable, and he is able to get past the o-line and cause chaos in the backfield.
Dominique Easley DE
The Rams brought back an old teammate of theirs, Dominique Easley. In 2016, the Rams picked him up from his release from the New England Patriots. Last season, he was the starting defensive end along with Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers. During training camp, he had to sit out for the season due to an ACL injury. Sources say that if he’s put back on the roster before the fall, his contract would contain a base salary of $705,000 and additional earnings of $145,000.
Easley is a phenomenal pass rusher, fitting well in the 5-technique. If defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, chooses to put him in the five, then Brockers would remain in his position at nose tackle and there would be no adjustments to the front line. If Easley remains healthy, then he would also be a great help to the Rams’ defense.
Sam Shields CB
The Rams added another key player to their secondary as well. The former Green Bay Packer, Sam Shields was a risky choice. He hasn’t played for the past two seasons due to concussions. Shields had a total of 18 interceptions for his whole career. His ball skills would be a major contribution to the defense, but he’s not the only defensive back that the Rams picked up.
They also signed former Denver Broncos cornerback, Aqib Talib. He will join Marcus Peters on the outside. If Sam Shields is able to remain healthy, then he’ll be served as a backup.
Ramik Wilson ILB
The Rams may have lost their two best linebackers on the defense, but they’ve gained a player that would be a helpful fit to replace Ogletree. It’s not the best choice, but they need as much help they can get. They signed former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, Ramie Wilson, to a one year contract. It’s not a lot, but it’s an opportunity to earn a starting spot on the roster.
The Rams hope that Wilson can live up to the challenge. He started 11 games in the 2016 season, having a total of 76 tackles, three pass deflections and an interception. The Rams are depending on him to fill in the shoes of Ogletree.
Marcus Peters CB
The Rams also picked up another Chief that will be a major threat. Marcus Peters is one of the most dangerous corners in the NFL. He was a first-round draft pick in 2015, and he had an outstanding rookie season. He led the NFL in interceptions that year and racked up more throughout his career, with a total of 19 interceptions.
The only problem is that Peters has a short fuse. He’s been caught on camera many times due to bad behavior. Peters was also suspended for a game because of his attitude. He even had a heated argument with Chiefs’ head coach, Andy Reid. During the offseason, the Chiefs decided that they would let Peters go because they were tired of his attitude.
Although he has a bad chip on his shoulder, the Rams have picked up a corner who is better than Trumaine Johnson. Peters is an expert at forcing turnovers and going after the ball. This is what Los Angeles needed, for they were 5th in the NFL for turnovers. Not to mention, Peters would work well with Aqib Talib at corner as well.
Not only Peters had issues of working on his attitude, but Talib has a short fuse as well. But he’s one of the most respected players in the NFL. Talib is a tremendous ball hawk; he has 34 interceptions for his whole career. With him and Peters playing side-by-side along with Lamarcus Joyner and John Johnson, the Rams’ secondary would be unstoppable.
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