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2017 NFL Free Agency Rumor & News Tracker: LA Rams Free Agents, Cuts, Signings, Needs

Keeping tabs on everything going on with the Los Angeles Rams in free agency this year.

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The 2017 NFL Free Agency period is officially underway with the opening of the legal tampering window underway. As such, teams are allowed to begin (and 100% are currently engaged in) contacting free agents and their representatives to gauge their interest in various contractual negotations. Ultimately, many of the top free agents will come to verbal agreements on contractual details that will be presented when the market opens on Thursday at 4pm ET.

Here’s all the major info for free agency this year and any rumors related to the Los Angeles Rams below:

Current Players

Unrestricted free agents

WR Stedman Bailey

WR Kenny Britt: Rams General Manager Les Snead confirmed at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine that Britt will be allowed to test the free agent market. He is all but certain to sign elsewhere. Reports suggest he will land $6m-$8m on the market. Twitter then blew up that Britt was in Atlantic City bragging about signing with the Philadelphia Eagles...except his agent said that wasn’t true. And in fact it wasn’t. Britt is expected to sign a four-year deal with the Cleveland Browns when free agency starts.

RB Benny Cunningham: Benny made a visit to the New York Jets, but nothing on the signing front.

CB Trumaine Johnson: Tru was offered a franchise tag for the second season in a row. It was signed on March 6. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is reporting the Rams are “in discussions” now to trade him!

QB Case Keenum

S T.J. McDonald: McDonald is reportedly “likely” to leave the Rams in free agency.

WR Brian Quick

RB Chase Reynolds

DL Cam Thomas

K Greg Zuerlein: Zuerlein has re-signed with the Rams on a three-year deal.

Restricted free agents

DL Dominique Easley: Easley was tapped with an original-round tender.

DL Ethan Westbrooks: Westbrooks was arrested on domestic violence charges. Those charges have now been dropped.

Exclusive rights free agents

DE Matt Longacre

DT Louis Trinca-Pasat

Contracted players

C Tim Barnes: Released

DE William Hayes: Traded to Miami Dolphins

TE Lance Kendricks: Released

RB Tre Mason: Waived

DE Eugene Sims: Released

RB Trey Watts: Waived

Rumors & News

March 16

March 15

  • LB Connor Barwin visiting. The Rams absolutely need linebacking depth.
  • RB Lance Dunbar also visiting. With RB Benny Cunningham making his FA visits elsewhere, there’s going to be space on the RB depth chart behind Just Todd Gurley.
  • The case has been dropped from the domestic violence charges that caused the arrest of RFA DE Ethan Westbrooks. No word on if the incident has affected or will affect the Rams’ decision on whether or not to bring him back.

March 14

March 13

March 11

March 10

March 9

  • Well the Rams went ahead and addressed their offensive line need by agreeing in principle to sign Cincinnati Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth. That move will push Greg Robinson...somewhere else as he enter his contract year.
  • The Whitworth signing also shouldn’t be interpreted to impact Rodger Saffold’s contractual status for 2017 per ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez. Role-wise, we’ll have to get through the rest of free agency and the 2017 NFL Draft to see if the Rams put some more talent in the OL hopper especially at guard. With GRob perhaps being pushed over to RG, you could have a logjam with Saffold, GRob, Jamon Brown and Cody Wichmann. Are any of them long-term solutions? If not, could a Day 3 draft pick start building the OG depth chart of tomorrow for the Rams?
  • The Rams knocked out their other major need in free agency by agreeing to terms with WR Robert Woods. Woods has legitimate upside under new Head Coach Sean McVay and new Offensive Coordinator Matt LaFleur. It’s a fine signing, assuming the $15m he’s guaranteed is front-loaded in his five-year contract.
  • Aaron Murray? Sure. The Rams are reportedly bringing in Todd Gurley’s old teammate at the University of Georgia.
  • The Rams made their first cut of the year by releasing Tim Barnes. It saved the team 3 million in cap space.
  • Benny Cunningham is heading out to visit the New York Jets.

Pre-March 9