The Los Angeles Rams lost Janoris Jenkins and Rodney McLeod in free agency earlier today, and were in need of something to stop the bleeding. They received some good news prior to 4pm ET, courtesy of ESPN’s very own Adam Schefter regarding S/LB Mark Barron:
Rams and Mark Barron reached agreement on new deal, per source. Barron off the market and to LA.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
Barron, often listed as a safety, plays more of a hybrid linebacker role for the Rams and was a key starter for them in 2015; playing in nearly 80% of the team’s snaps, which was second only to James Laurinaitis.
With the release of Laurinaitis, the Rams have named Alec Ogletree as their starting middle linebacker for 2016...or at least they say. That said, that made retaining Barron all that more important.
It sounds as though he’ll also be rewarded handsomely for his sound on-field play.
Mark Barron returns to #Rams as LB - two teams offered to sign as safety - for 5 years, $45 million— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 9, 2016
Welcome back, Mark!