Free agency has been non-stop since opening last month. Whether it’s been major signings or bodies to fill out the roster, the Los Angeles Rams have made moves to begin a complete culture change. How those results play out on the field is as of yet undetermined, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a significant majority of fans displeased with the moves made thus far.
Monday brought about some more change:
On the NFL transaction wire: Rams waived WR Stedman Bailey (non-football injury designation).— Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons) April 10, 2017
DL Ethan Westbrooks signed franchise tender.
It’s a bittersweet ending to WR Stedman Bailey‘s NFL career. Bailey was a third-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, 84 selections after the Rams took fellow WR (and fellow West Virginia Mountaineer) Tavon Austin. In late 2015 amid a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse Policy, Bailey was shot in the head while sitting in a car.
Bailey spent 2016 as a coaching assistant at his alma mater.
DL Ethan Westbrooks, on the other hand, is still playing out his professional career. An undrafted free agent who passed through the 2014 NFL Draft, Westbrooks made national waves when he beat out Michael Sam for a spot on the Rams’ 53-man roster in 2014.
More recently, Westbrooks was arrested a month ago for domestic violence. The charges have since been dropped.
Also on transaction wire: Rams signed exclusive rights FAs DL Matt Longacre and DL Louis Trinca-Pasat— Myles Simmons (@MylesASimmons) April 10, 2017
ERFAs are players whose contracts have expired, but only have two seasons of accrued NFL service. The ERFA’s signed by the Rams on Monday, DL Matt Longacre and DL Louis Trinca-Pasat, are both guys likely kept by the Rams to build out new Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme in 2017.