After Detroit signed restricted free agent running back Malcolm Brown to an offer sheet earlier this week, Los Angeles has elected to match the deal — keeping Brown in Southern California.
Brown’s offer sheet was for a two-year deal, meaning he is now under contract with the Rams through the 2020 season.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas in 2015, Brown has been with the Rams for his entire career. While he spent nearly all of his rookie season on the practice squad, Brown became a heavy special teams contributor in 2016 before ascending to Los Angeles’ primary backup running back in 2017 in the team’s first season under head coach Sean McVay.
Brown was arguably most productive, however, in 2018 — rushing for 4.9 yards per carry in 12 games and making five receptions for 52 yards with a touchdown. But Brown suffered a season-ending clavicle injury in Week 13 in Detroit, which kept him out of action for Los Angeles’ stretch run.
Now, Brown likely slots in once again as the Rams’ primary backup running back for the 2019 season behind Todd Gurley.
Brown has rushed for 514 yards with one touchdown in his career, and and caught 18 passes for 149 yards with one touchdown.