The Los Angeles Rams have signed former New York Jets and Miami Dolphins DE Quinton Coples on a two year deal:
Quinton Coples has agreed to a 2-year deal with the #Rams, source said— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2016
We looked briefly at the potential of the move on Monday when Coples' visit with the team was reported.
Now, though, we can lock in Coples as part of a four-man rotation at defensive end with Robert Quinn (who is coming off of back surgery), William Hayes and Eugene Sims (both of whom re-signed with the Rams recently - Hayes on a three-year deal, Sims for the same). The previous fourth member of the Rams' DE rotation, Chris Long, was released in February with MLB James Laurinaitis and TE Jared Cook; he has since signed with the New England Patriots.
It's a move full of potential as a reclamation project. Coples never quite lived up to his draft billing with the Jets. Playing on the same line as Quinn and DT Aaron Donald could be what Coples needs to restart his NFL career with the Rams.
Coples was a teammate of Quinn's at North Carolina in 2008 and 2009.
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Contract terms, per NFL Network's Rand Getlin:
Im told it's a 2-year deal with a base value of $6.5M for DL Quinton Coples and the #Rams. Max value of $9.75M. Great landing spot for him.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 16, 2016