The new league year is just around the corner and with it comes the start of free agency. On Monday, the league’s legal tampering period began as all 32 clubs were able to begin negotiating with agents on potential contracts.
But Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT will mark the official opening of free agency — with the expiration of all 2017 NFL contracts.
And with all the buzz surrounding the Rams upcoming free agency period, here’s a look back at players Los Angeles signed last offseason and how they performed in 2017:
*— Connor Barwin *| Outside linebacker | Previous team: Eagles
Barwin reunited with former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips when he signed a one-year deal with the Rams last spring. The nine-year NFL veteran worked with Phillips as a member of the Texans front seven from 2011-2012. He appeared in 14 games for Los Angeles in 2017 — recording 43 tackles, nine quarterback hits, and 5.0 sacks.
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— Lance Dunbar** | Running back | Previous team: Cowboys
Dunbar signed a one-year deal with L.A. with hopes of providing a versatile pass-catching running back. Although he opened up the season on the club’s physically unable to perform list, Dunbar was active for four games during the 2017 season. He finished the year with 11 carries for 51 yards and one touchdown.
— Nickell Robey-Coleman *| Cornerback | Previous team: Bills *
Robey-Coleman signed a one-year deal with the Rams last spring after spending the first four years of his career with the Bills. Throughout the 2017 season, Robey-Coleman provided depth for the team’s secondary and excelled in the slot. In 15 games, the corner recorded 50 tackles, nine passes defensed, and one interception.
*— John Sullivan *| Center | Previous team: Redskins
Los Angeles signed Sullivan to a one-year deal as its starting center, in part because he was familiar with head coach Sean McVay’s offense from their shared time in Washington. Alongside Whitworth, Sullivan provided a significant boost up front and especially to Goff – helping him diagnose defenses at the line of scrimmage. Sullivan was able to fight through a few injuries to start the Rams’ first 15 games of the regular season and the club’s playoff game against Atlanta.
*— Kayvon Webster *| Cornerback | Previous team: Broncos
Webster was another of Phillips’ former players signed to the Rams in 2017, signing a two-year deal with the club last spring. He became a key member of the club’s secondary last season, recording 38 tackles, seven pass deflections and one interception in 11 games started. Webster’s season was cut short when he suffered a torn
achilles in the Rams’ Week 14 matchup with the Eagles.
*— Andrew Whitworth *| Left tackle | Previous team: Bengals
Whitworth was one of the Rams most important offseason acquisitions. The 12-year NFL veteran signed a three-year deal with L.A. and became one of the club’s primary leaders in the locker room. Whitworth also played a significant role in the development of the offensive line. In 15 regular-season games, quarterback Jared Goff was sacked just 25 times — marking a huge improvement from his rookie season, when he was sacked 26 times in only seven games.
*— Robert Woods *| Wide receiver | Previous team: Bills
Woods returned to his hometown of Los Angeles and became one of the Rams most productive wide receivers. After signing a five-year deal with the franchise, the USC product made an immediate impact on field and in the receiver’s room. He finished the 2017 season with a career high 781 yards on 56 receptions with five touchdowns.