According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Los Angeles Rams DE Ethan Westbrooks has signed a one year extension.
#Rams DL Ethan Westbrooks signed a 1-year extension that includes a paycut from his $1.797M tender to $1.25M. 2018 is worth $1.75M.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 11, 2017
This is a very good signing for the Rams DL. Westbrooks has played very well when given opportunities and has earned a bit of job security. With Dominique Easley out with his third ACL injury and unlikely to return in 2018 given the Rams cap situation, Westbrooks is left to fill those snaps. If history is any indication, he won’t disappoint.
Since joining the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and subsequently beating out Michael Sam for a roster spot, Westbrooks has consistently improved his game and has been rewarded with a larger role each season. Easley’s injury pushed him into starting opposite Aaron Donald for the rest of 2017 - and the Rams look ready to leave him in that role at least through 2018.
This extension reflects Westbrooks growth and how the Rams view him as a part of at least their short-term future at DE.