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A Los Angeles Rams daily news roundup for April 13

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Ravens will host joint practices with Los Angeles Rams | Ravens’ Official Site

The two teams would meet for multiple days ahead of their preseason game on Aug. 9. It’s a chance for Baltimore to go against one of the league’s most talented rosters.

Against all odds, Crabtree-Talib III is on | NFL Network

Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree will ply their trade outside the confines of the AFC West in 2018, but that won’t stop the two men from sharing a field this year. The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday that Crabtree’s new squad, the Ravens, and Aqib’s new employer, the Rams, will hold joint practices in advance of their preseason game in Baltimore on Aug. 9.

Where the Rams stand at LB heading into the draft | Rams’ Official Site

Wade Phillips said that as the offseason program officially kicks off, the coaching staff will evaluate the team’s current depth, but will also look toward other avenues to replenish the unit.

Rams will look to address LB in the draft as they rebuild middle of their defense | LA Times

With the addition of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, the remade Rams defense is even more stout along the front and upgraded on the back end. But what about the middle?

Rams restructure Hekker’s contract | Pro Football Talk

According to Field Yates of, the Rams restructured the contract of punter Johnny Hekker. The move converted $1.21 million of Hekker’s 2018 base salary to a signing bonus paid immediately. It saves the team $968,000 in cap space this season while pushing an additional $242,000 in cap commitments to each of the next four seasons of his deal.

What NFL contracts actually mean | Setting the Edge

An NFL contract is never what it appears to be on the surface. To understand why this is so, you must first understand that the NFL is a hard cap league, unlike the MLB or NBA.

PFF Draft Room: Rams | Pro Football Focus

Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead will have his hands full attempting to find, and fill team needs with players in the 2018 NFL Draft.

LA Rams 2018 Offseason Moves | Pro Football Focus

One of the busiest teams since the 2018 league year began, the Los Angeles Rams bolstered their defense, shipped away a playmaker (or two) and brought back key players who put forth career years in 2017.

5 ideal OLB’s for the Rams in Round 3 of the NFL Draft | Rams Wire

Early on in the draft process, the Los Angeles Rams’ top targets included the likes of Harold Landry and Marcus Davenport – two of the best pass rushers in the 2018 class. After trading for Brandin Cooks, however, those players will be long gone when the Rams finally go on the clock in the third round.

20 draft prospects Prisco likes more than the scouts | CBS Sports

Indiana tight end Ian Thomas headlines a list of guys who have draft steal written all over them

(WATCH) Episode 3 of “Behind the Grind” | Rams’ Official Site

Episode 3 of new Rams original series “Behind the Grind” is available now on Facebook Watch. “Hard Work Pays Off” features the introduction of new Rams DT Ndamukong Suh, a visit to Aaron Donald’s home in Pittsburgh and a look into John Johnson III’s offseason workouts.

Marcus Peters on what he brings to LA | Rams’ Official Site

There’s no question that the Rams acquired one of the best, young cornerbacks in the league this offseason when they traded for Marcus Peters. In just three seasons, the cornerback has been named to the Pro Bowl twice and was a first-team All-Pro in 2016. Since entering the league, no player has more interceptions (19) or passes defensed (55) than Peters.

More of Less? Nate Burleson examines notable WR relocations | NFL Network

NFL Network analysts Maurice Jones-Drew, David Carr and Nate Burleson surveys the offseason relocation of notable running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers, answering one question for each: Will the player have more or less success with his new team than he did with his previous club? Today, Burleson examines wide receivers.

3 ways LA may redefine the 2018 NFL Draft | Ramblin Fan

The Los Angeles Rams have been bold in free agency. When they traded away their single first round pick for WR Brandin Cooks, with no picks in the second round either, fans and experts would lament. Maybe, just maybe LA has something different in mind.

Wade says AD99 is certainly “on his way” to the Hall of Fame | Rams Wire

Aaron Donald has played just four seasons in the NFL, but despite his brief tenure up to this point, he’s widely viewed as one of the best players in football already.

Will Le’Veon Bell save the RB market or is he overplaying his hand? | CBS Sports

Dynamic young running backs still on rookie contracts should be rooting for Bell to sign a long-term contract in Pittsburgh as soon as possible.

NFL’s most overpaid players: Garoppolo, Cousins highlight the list | USA Today

Get paid while you can, especially in a league that chews up players with brutal efficiency. Still, when trying to align production with value, who sticks out among a group of the NFL’s most, well — for lack of a better term — overpaid?