In advance of the new league year beginning on Wednesday, Los Angeles has submitted minimum salary tenders to a pair of their exclusive rights free agents: running back Malcolm Brown and cornerback Troy Hill.
Both Brown and Hill have expiring contracts but two credited seasons. With the rules and regulations of the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement, because the Rams have submitted tenders to the players, Los Angeles retains exclusive negotiating rights for both. Should Brown and Hill each sign their tenders, they will be playing under a one-year contract for 2018.
Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas in 2015, Brown ascended to the Rams' backup running back in 2017, taking 63 carries for 246 yards with one rushing touchdown. He also caught nine passes for 53 yards, and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against Jacksonville in Los Angeles' NFC West title season.
The Rams claimed Hill off waivers in Week 17 of the 2015 season after the cornerback had spent most of the season with the Bengals. He's provided depth in the secondary since then, having started seven games in the last two years — including the last three regular-season contests in 2017. Hill made 18 total tackles and recorded five passes defensed in 12 games last season.