Now that the new league year has begun, the Rams roster will begin to take shape for 2016. As news becomes official, continue to check this page to keep up with all of Los Angeles’ offseason moves.
A key piece at defensive end, William Hayes has re-signed with the Rams on a three-year contract.
Hayes started nine games in 2014 and the last 11 games of 2015, becoming a force alongside defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers. Hayes finished second on the team with 5.5 sacks and 41 quarterback pressures last year, with 68 total tackles, seven quarterback hits, and two forced fumbles. >>>
Los Angeles added a piece to its secondary, signing former Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh to a three-year deal.
Originally a fourth-round pick of the Titans in 2012, Sensabaugh started 27 games for Tennessee in the first four years of his career, including 15 last season. The cornerback made two interceptions in 2015, returning one of them for a touchdown, and registered eight passes defensed. >>>
The Rams continue to re-sign their own free agents, coming to terms with tight end Cory Harkey.
Known more for his blocking and special teams skills than his pass catching ability, Harkey has often served as a fullback in the Rams’ offensive scheme. Last year, he was instrumental in opening up holes for running back Todd Gurley, en route to the 2015 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year’s 1,106 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. >>>
Originally a sixth-round pick by the Rams in 2010, defensive end Eugene Sims will continue his career with the club on a three-year deal. A key rotational piece at defensive end, Sims filled in admirably for the injured Robert Quinn through the second half of 2015. Sims finished the season with 45 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, 21 quarterback pressures, and seven quarterback hits. He also made an athletic interception during the second quarter of the Rams’ Week 17 matchup against the 49ers, returning the pick 42 yards.
In his six-year career, Sims has registered 184 total tackles, 9.5 sacks, and two interceptions.
Former linebacker Daren Bates officially signed with the Raiders.
The Rams re-signed Mark Barron to a five-year deal. Acquired from the Buccaneers at the 2014 trading deadline for a pair of draft picks, Barron has excelled in the Rams’ scheme over the past two years. When linebacker Alec Ogletree went down with a season-ending lower-leg fracture, Barron stepped in and led the team with 135 tackles. With Ogletree moving to inside linebacker, Barron should continue his role at the weakside spot in 2016.
Former cornerback Janoris Jenkins officially signed with the Giants.
The Rams re-signed wide receiver Brian Quick to a one-year contract. Quick suffered a major, season-ending shoulder injury in 2014, but worked his way back to appear in 13 games last season.
Former safety Rodney McLeod officially signed with the Eagles.
Los Angeles began the free agency period by re-signing a few of their own players: starting center Tim Barnes, safety Cody Davis, and offensive lineman Brian Folkerts.
Barnes started all 16 games for the Rams in 2015, anchoring a line that surrendered the least amount of sacks in the NFL. He’s back on a two-year deal.
As one of Los Angeles’ special teams aces, Davis was slated to become a restricted free agent, but re-signed on a two-year contract. Because he was not tendered, Folkerts would have become an unrestricted free agent had he not re-signed with the Rams.
Extremely thankful and excited to continue my career with the @RamsNFL! Can't wait to get out to LA and get to work. To God be the glory!— Cody Davis (@CodyDavis) March 10, 2016
Of their five restricted free agents, the Rams extended qualifying offers to two: quarterback Case Keenum and running back Benny Cunningham.
Keenum was given a first-round tender, meaning if another team would like to sign the signal-caller, it would owe Los Angeles a first-round draft pick in return. Cunningham received the original-round tender. Because the running back entered the league as an undrafted free agent, the Rams have only the right to match an offer, should Cunningham receive one.