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Rams Acquire Edge Rusher Dante Fowler

Updated at 1:15 p.m. with details of compensation

Los Angeles has made a move to bolster its pass rush at the trading deadline, acquiring outside linebacker Dante Fowler from Jacksonville.

A 2015 first-round pick out of Florida, Fowler missed all of the 2015 season when he suffered a season-ending knee injury during rookie minicamp. Since then, Fowler has been a rotational contributor to Jacksonville’s defense picking up 14.0 career sacks, 14 tackles for loss, and 22 quarterback hits.

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Fowler’s best season was in 2017, when he picked up 8.0 sacks, a pair of forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, seven tackles for loss, and 10 quarterback hits in 16 games.

This season, Fowler has played seven games, recording 2.0 sacks with a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

Fowler is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, as the Jaguars elected not to pick up the OLB’s fifth-year option.

Selected No. 3 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, Fowler was highly productive as a college player at Florida where he recorded 14.5 sacks and 33 tackles for loss in three years.

Fowler joins a Los Angeles front seven that already includes four former first-round picks in Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Michael Brockers, and Mark Barron. Los Angeles also now has three 2015 first-round picks on the roster, in Fowler, cornerback Marcus Peters, and running back Todd Gurley.

As a corresponding roster move, the Rams have waived offensive lineman Jamon Brown.

In terms of compensation, Los Angeles will send a 2019 third-round pick and 2020 fifth-round pick to Jacksonville for Fowler. Should L.A. receive a third-round compensatory pick, that will go to Jacksonville to complete the trade in lieu of the team’s original third-round selection. If the Rams receive multiple 2019 third-round comp picks, the club will trade the compensatory selection that is closest to the beginning of the round.

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