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Mark Barron | Linebacker | #26

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 225
College: Alabama
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (7) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Rams ILB Mark Barron is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Barron and Alec Ogletree were DC Wade Phillips' inside linebackers this past season, forming an undersized, but athletic, duo on the interior. The Rams were 22nd in run-defense DVOA and 28th in rush yards allowed, so it's possible a change is made there. Barron carries a $10 million cap number for 2018, and the Rams can save $7 million by cutting him. He's a much better 4-3 fit. Feb 16 - 2:40 PM

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Rams declared ILB Mark Barron, RB Justin Davis, RB Lance Dunbar, LB Kasim Edebali, S Isaiah Johnson, OLB Matt Longacre and OT Cornelius Lucas inactive for Week 16 against the Titans.

Longacre is out with a back injury while the other inactives are healthy scratches. Barron's absence is a bit of a head-scratcher as he's been a weekly starter for the Rams and wasn't on the injury report. Cory Littleton is filling in for him at inside linebacker.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 11:40:00 AM

Rams re-signed WLB Mark Barron to a five-year, $45 million contract.

It's a pretty penny for a player who only recently converted from safety. Per ESPN's Nick Wagoner, keeping Barron was the Rams' "top priority." Barron had a strong 2015 filling in for Alec Ogletree. Ogletree will man the middle in 2016. Barron is a playmaker, one the Rams are counting on to force fumbles and pick off passes in coverage. The No. 7 overall pick of the 2012 draft has bounced all the way back after it looked like he was going to be a bust.
Wed, Mar 9, 2016 03:37:00 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher said re-signing free agent WLB Mark Barron is a "priority" for the Rams.

"There's a trend in the league for that type of guy," Fisher said of Barron. "He's definitely a priority for us right now." After the Rams released veterans LE Chris Long, MLB James Laurinaitis, and TE Jared Cook last week, Los Angeles is now flush with cap space. Barron figures to fall in line of priorities behind fellow free agent CBs Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins. After being a bust as a safety in Tampa Bay, Barron emerged as an impact WILL for the Rams.
Wed, Feb 24, 2016 01:00:00 PM

Rams LB Mark Barron and DT Nick Fairley were both forced from St. Louis' Week 16 game against the Seahawks with concussions.

They'll be week to week, and 50-50 for next Sunday's finale.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 06:30:00 PM

The Rams are listing S Mark Barron as their starting weak-side linebacker.

Barron and CB Lamarcus Joyner had been splitting the duties in the absence of WLB Alec Ogletree. It now appears Barron will focus on linebacker while Joyner mans the slot. The ex-Bucs bust has been having a decent season, though he's a massive downgrade on Ogletree. Barron spent lots of time at linebacker in 2014, as well.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 05:42:00 PM

The Rams will not exercise S Mark Barron's fifth-year option.

It's not the least bit surprising, as Barron's fifth-year option would have cost $8.263 million. A former top-ten draft pick, Barron is entering a make-or-break year in St. Louis' back end after flopping in Tampa Bay. Barron was essentially used in a sub-package linebacker role following his trade to the Rams.
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 03:53:00 PM

Rams acquired S Mark Barron from the Bucs in exchange for a fourth- and sixth-round pick.

The No. 7 overall pick of the 2012 draft, Barron has yet to be an impact NFLer, and had been struggling through his least-effective season yet for Lovie Smith's soft defense. He'll slide in as an immediate starter for the Rams, who have perhaps the league's worst safety corps. Barron was dubbed a playmaker coming out of Alabama, but has created just four turnovers across 37 NFL games. Perhaps he'll start cutting loose for aggressive defensive minds Jeff Fisher and Gregg Williams. Barron is signed through 2015, but the Rams can exercise a 2016 team option. Considering Barron's draft pedigree, the Rams didn't surrender much in terms of compensation. Barron turned 25 on Monday.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 04:03:00 PM

Bucs SS Mark Barron revealed he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery back in January, and still isn't 100 percent.

The procedure was done to repair knee cartilage. Barron should've been fully healthy months ago if it were indeed a routine scope. His Week 1 status is not believed to be in jeopardy, but the Bucs did sign insurance by bringing in Major Wright from Chicago. Barron was a liability in coverage last year.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 06:03:00 PM

Bucs declared SS Mark Barron, FB Lonnie Pryor, SLB Dekoda Watson, LB Ka'Lial Glaud, DE Scott Solomon, DT Matthew Masifilo, and LG Carl Nicks inactive for Week 17 against the Saints.

Barron remains sidelined by a hamstring injury. Keith Tandy will get another start in his place. Watson is battling a groin issue. Nicks continues to be hampered by toe problems.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 03:12:00 PM

Bucs SS Mark Barron (hamstring, questionable) has been downgraded to out for Week 16.

Barron didn't even make the trip to St. Louis after suffering a setback with his hamstring injury last week. Keith Tandy will replace him in the starting lineup. Barron should have a decent chance at returning in Week 17.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 05:21:00 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Bucs coach Greg Schiano said SS Mark Barron's hamstring injury is not serious, and that he should be ready to go for Week 6 against the Eagles.

Barring a setback, Barron shouldn't miss any time. The No. 7 overall pick of the 2012 draft is off to a rough start this season, grading out as just the No. 68 safety in Pro Football Focus' ratings.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 02:19:00 PM

Bucs SS Mark Barron was forced from Sunday's game against the Cardinals with a hamstring injury, and will not return.

Being ruled out immediately suggests it's a fairly significant pull, and that Barron would have been sidelined for Week 5 had the Bucs not been on bye. For now, Barron should be considered week to week.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 02:57:00 PM

The Bucs are anticipating a "big leap" from second-year SS Mark Barron.

Coaches and club brass are optimistic the additions of Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis will free up Barron to play more to his strengths as an attacker close to the line of scrimmage. Goldson will play deep safety, and Revis will take away No. 1 wide receivers. As more of a rover-safety, the Bucs feel Barron can emerge as an "accomplished big-play defender" in year two.
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 11:16:00 AM

Buccaneers safety Mark Barron is looking to Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson as mentors in his second season.

Barron spent a lot of time with Ronde Barber as a rookie, and credits the now-retired DB with much of his development during his first season. With Revis and Goldson now in the fold, Barron plans on tapping into the "knowledge they bring to the table," and says he's in a "great situation where I can learn." The second-year safety notched 88 tackles, 17 pass breakups, one forced fumble and one interception as a rookie. Expect Barron's play to improve as he moves back to his more natural strong safety role, with Goldson taking over at free safety.
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 10:57:00 AM

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5Omarius Bryant
NT1Ndamukong Suh
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ILB1Mark Barron
2Cory Littleton
3Ramik Wilson
4Bryce Hager
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5Ejuan Price
CB1Marcus Peters
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SS1Lamarcus Joyner
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