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Rams Re-Sign Mark Barron

Posted Mar 13, 2016

Barron excelled as the Rams' weakside linebacker in 2015, and Los Angeles has brought him back on a five-year deal.

Continuing to re-sign their own in the free agency period, the Rams have brought back their leading tackler in 2015, Mark Barron.

Barron was one of the team’s top priorities to re-sign and will come back on a five-year deal. The safety-turned-linebacker came over from the Buccaneers at the trading deadline in 2014, and blossomed in coordinator Gregg Williams’ defensive scheme in 2015.

When linebacker Alec Ogletree went down with a lower-leg fracture in Week 4 against Arizona, Barron slid into the weakside role and excelled. He finished the season with a team-leading 135 total tackles, adding a sack, five passes defensed, five quarterback pressures, eight quarterback hits, and a team-leading four forced fumbles.

“Gregg’s good with moving people around and creating opportunities, and then early on in the season, unfortunately, when we lost Alec, Mark’s reps increased and I thought he had a really good year,” head coach Jeff Fisher said at the NFL Combine. “So, as you see, there’s a trend in the league right now for that type of guy. And we feel like he really fits into our defense.”

With Ogletree slated to move over to inside linebacker, Barron should continue to serve in the weakside role for Los Angeles in 2016.