Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, C John Sullivan will sign a new contract with the Los Angeles Rams:
Rams are re-signing center John Sullivan, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2018
Despite the news he was invited to meet with the New York Giants and reported interest from Washington, Sully’s back in horns at least for 2018. It’s a two-year deal, though no cap impact has been reported.
It’s hard not to enjoy the news. Sully joined the Rams last year on a one-year deal having just started one game in the two years prior. Perhaps then his 2017 performance was a bit of a surprise in that he played all 16 games as well as the Rams’ lone postseason appearance and did so with a high level of capability.
It of course means the Rams are bringing back 10 of the 11 starting members of one of the NFL’s best offenses; the lone absentee will be WR Sammy Watkins who signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs when free agency opened on Wednesday.
While C Austin Blythe looked good in rotational work, the prospect of him taking over as a full-time starter for an entire season was a bit of a gamble. Perhaps with another season of development, he’ll be better prepared should the need to take over for Sully arise in 2019.
As of tonight though, Sully’s on the ball for QB Jared Goff come Week 1.
(UPDATED at 9:24pm ET)
Damn. Sully got paid.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has John Sullivan's 2-year deal being worth $15M. That's an average of $7.5M each season. He made $1M last year.— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez) March 17, 2018