Player News - Rams

Date: Team: Pos:

Rams exercised CB Marcus Peters' fifth-year team option for 2019.

It's a no-brainer, though the option is not without risk in Peters' case. There's a reason the prodigiously-talented 25-year-old was traded. Nevertheless, it's guaranteed for injury only, meaning the Rams could still cut Peters without penalty at the beginning of the next league year, provided he can pass a physical. Almost certainly, that will not happen, and Peters will be spending the next two years in Los Angeles.
Apr 24 - 1:58 PM

Rams exercised RB Todd Gurley's fifth-year team option for 2019.

After contending for the league's MVP award last season, Gurley is now set to make roughly $9.63 million in what will be the final year of his rookie contract in 2019. A prodigious talent freed from Jeff Fisher's anti-offense, 24-year-old (in August) Gurley should have another monster campaign in 2018.
Apr 24 - 1:56 PM

Rams DT Michael Brockers is recovering from a torn MCL suffered in the Wild Card loss to the Falcons.

Brockers is likely to be brought along slowly during spring work, but he should be 100 percent well ahead of training camp. The former first-rounder is the forgotten man on this line but is a big part of the Rams' run defense.
Apr 16 - 7:59 PM

Rams re-signed OT Cornelius Lucas.

Lucas visited the Chiefs last week, but that was his only hint of interest on the open market. He will compete for a backup role for the Rams.
Apr 16 - 10:46 AM

The Los Angeles Times' Gary Klein reports Aaron Donald is not expected to report for the start of the offseason program.

Scheduled to earn $6.892 million in the final year of his rookie deal, Donald is rightfully looking for a mega-extension. GM Les Snead said the two sides have a "timeline" for an extension, but it makes perfect sense for Donald to sit out offseason work until the deal is signed. In a similar spot last year, Donald skipped voluntary work, did not participate in drills during minicamp, and sat out all of training camp. He could follow a similar script this year if the Rams do not get something done.
Apr 16 - 8:30 AM

Rams re-signed S Lamarcus Joyner to a one-year, $11.287 million contract.

Joyner could have waited to sign his tender until after the offseason program, but it looks like he will participate in everything despite the tag. Joyner and the Rams have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal.
Apr 16 - 8:20 AM

The Chiefs hosted free agent OT Cornelius Lucas.

It's the first interest in Lucas this offseason. Lucas has appeared in just six games since 2015 and was limited to one spot start with the Rams last year. He would be a depth signing in Kansas City.
Apr 11 - 5:02 PM

Rams DE Ethan Westbrooks pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor gun charge.

Westbrooks was booked on a misdemeanor count of carrying a loaded firearm last September. He was sentenced to one day in jail and three years of probation after pleading no contest. Westbrooks could face discipline from the league.
Apr 10 - 9:34 AM

NFL Network's Steve Wyche reports the Rams plan to sign contract-year WR Brandin Cooks to an extension prior to the season.

Jared Goff and Cooks have been training together this offseason and share the same agent, so perhaps there have already been discussions with Cooks' representation. He's a West Coast guy who grew up in Stockton, Cali. and played his college ball at Oregon State. Cooks won't come cheap, however, and should command around the $16 million per year Sammy Watkins got. But all signs point to the two sides hammering out a deal after the Rams gave up a first-rounder.
Apr 4 - 12:46 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Jared Goff and newly-acquired Brandin Cooks have already been working out together this offseason.

The Rams reportedly tried to trade for Cooks last offseason before acquiring Sammy Watkins. They offered CB Trumaine Johnson in the deal, but the Saints said no and shipped Cooks to New England. Allegedly, the talks with the Patriots heated up earlier this week when both coach Bill Belichick and Sean McVay worked together at a coaching clinic at the University of Georgia. As far as Cooks and Goff, they'd been throwing together on the West Coast prior to the trade, already building a rapport. Cooks and the Rams are working on an extension.
Apr 4 - 9:51 AM

The Athletic's Jeff Howe reports the Rams have "already expressed interest" in extending contract-year WR Brandin Cooks beyond 2018.

We would expect as much, though Cooks doesn't have to jump into anything. Perhaps he will reason he will never get a better deal than just after he was acquired, though still only 24, Cooks can reasonably assume he will be in for a windfall next offseason, either via the franchise tag or a long-term contract. The Rams should be in deal-making mood. They can't let Cooks get away for nothing like they did with Sammy Watkins.
Apr 3 - 6:29 PM

Rams acquired WR Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick from the Patriots in exchange for first- and sixth-round picks.

The out-of-nowhere move lands the Rams their Sammy Watkins replacement, and also takes them out of the running for Odell Beckham. Now armed with the No. 23 and 31 picks, perhaps the Pats will make a play for the Giants' superstar. It's the second straight offseason Cooks has been dealt, both times for a first-rounder. He remained boom-or-bust in the Patriots' crowded receiver corps last season but posted a 65/1,082/7 line while averaging a career-high 16.6 yards per catch. Headed into the final year of his rookie contract, Cooks is still only 24. Fighting for targets with Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp while downgrading from Tom Brady to Jared Goff, Cooks might be best treated as a WR3 in offseason drafts.
Apr 3 - 5:51 PM

ESPN's Alden Gonzalez believes the Rams are "set" at inside linebacker with Mark Barron and either Cory Littleton or Ramik Wilson as the starters.

Linebacker appears to easily be the Rams' biggest on-paper weakness at the moment, but Barron is a capable starter and Littleton played heavy snaps down the stretch late last season. He's a third-year UDFA at 6'3/225 who was a pass rusher at Washington. DC Wade Phillips has never put a premium on inside linebacker, instead opting to develop late-rounders and UDFAs.
Mar 30 - 9:50 AM

Coach Sean McVay confirmed Ndamukong Suh will play nose tackle for the Rams.

The position in DC Wade Phillips' defense won't be a traditional nose, where Suh will be two-gapping, clogging lanes, and taking on multiple blockers; Phillips will instead allow both Suh and three-technique DT Aaron Donald to one-gap and get up field to attack quarterbacks. All three of five-technique DE Michael Brockers, Suh, and Donald received excellent marks from Pro Football Focus for their run defense last season. Brockers will focus on that aspect.
Mar 28 - 12:12 AM

Rams signed DT Ndamukong Suh, formerly of the Dolphins, to a one-year, $14 million contract.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Suh took less to sign with the Rams. This has been the expected outcome for much of the past week after it was reported the Rams entered the conversation. Suh was reportedly very intrigued by the idea of teaming up with Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers while playing for DC Wade Phillips. It's a way for Suh to sort of rehab his value on a one-year deal as a 31-year-old. Even at his age, Suh remains one of the very best interior linemen, even if the counting stats weren't there for him in 2017. Look for Phillips to get the most out of him, allowing him to one-gap and attack upfield. This Rams defensive front and secondary is absolutely stacked; they now just need edge rushers.
Mar 26 - 6:15 PM

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