Each weekday, theRams.com will be taking a look around the internet for the top Rams headlines of the day. Here’s a look at what’s out there for Thursday, March 14th about your Los Angeles Rams.
RISK & REWARD
The Rams re-signed edge rusher Dante Fowler on Sunday, bringing 2018’s midseason solution on for one more year. ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry sees Fowler benefitting from a full offseason and training camp in the Rams’ defensive system.
Here’s her take on the Rams re-signing Fowler:
What it means: Fowler was expected to test the market in free agency, but instead agreed to terms on the eve of the "legal tampering" period. Fowler's decision to remain with the Rams settles their most pressing offseason need of finding a pass-rusher, a key position in defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme.
What's the risk: There is little risk in the Rams' decision to sign Fowler to a one-year deal. Fowler immediately fills a position of need, and a one-year contract enables the team some flexibility to decide if the fifth-year pro is a long-term solution worth a high-priced extension.
For Thiry’s full article on the Rams’ free agency signings so far, click here.
Defensive tackle Aaron Donald landed on Adam Rank’s short list of untradeable NFL players on Thursday. The NFL.com analyst lists the two-time AP Defensive Player of the Year alongside this season’s league MVP, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, star rookie running back Saquon Barkley, and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, to name a few.
Here’s why Rank tabbed A.D. as untradeable:
“He led the league in both overall PFF grade (95.2) and quarterback pressures (113, including playoffs). It's funny, because coach Sean McVay and the high-flying Rams offense get the majority of the accolades for what this team has accomplished over the last two years. But it was Donald and the Rams' defense that kept them in Super Bowl LIII. There is no way they'd be able to live without him in Los Angeles.”
For Rank’s entire list of untradeable NFL talent, click here.
TOP RUN BLOCKERS
According to Pro Football Focus, the Rams offensive line still features some of the top league’s top run blockers heading into 2019, despite losing left guard Rodger Saffold in free agency.
Saffold officially signed with the Titans on Thursday morning.