The original-round tender gives the Rams right of first refusal if another team offers Easley a contract. If Easley signs with another team, that team would have to send the Rams a pick from the round Easley was drafted in...except that the highest pick an original-round tender can provide is a second rounder. That’d still be a significant haul to the draft order for a player who didn’t start a single game for the Rams but impressed in his limited role.
A first-round selection by the New England Patriots in the 2014 NFL Draft, Easley didn’t fit into the Patriots’ culture and was cut in April last year. The Rams signed Easley in mid-May last year on a one-year deal. Easley worked in reserve along the line playing in all 16 games and finishing with 3.5 sacks. He may be a strong fit for the new defensive system coming with new Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips.
Free agency is on and popping. Stay tuned to TST.