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St. Louis Rams News: Rams Exercise Fifth Year Option On DT Michael Brockers

The Rams exercised their ability to extend the contract of Michael Brockers, a 2012 NFL Draft first round selection.

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About two months ago, TST author Brandon Bate suggested the Rams would be looking to extend Michael Brockers' services into a fifth year on his rookie contract just prior to the May 3 deadline.

Breaking news:

And per JT's story to the P-D:

With the Rams' exercising the option, Brockers is scheduled to make $6.146 million in 2016.

The Rams' 2015 defensive line looks to be one of the best in the league on paper. The question now, with newly added DT Nick Fairley joining the Rams through free agency, is one of rotation.

With Defensive Rookie of the Year Aaron Donald having established himself as one of the best interior forces in the game, Jeff Fisher, DC Gregg Williams and DL Coach Mike Waufle are going to have to come up with a functional plan on how to make the most of Brockers' rush-stopping skills without limiting Fairley's impact. If nothing else, we've got a storyline for camp to prep for.

The Rams did not opt to extend S Mark Barron, however. That leaves him headed into this season on the final year of his rookie contract; Barron was selected 7th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, seven picks ahead of where the Rams took Brockers at 14.

Today though, it's news enough that Brockers is back for 2015 and, if nothing else, 2016.