The Rams didn’t have a ton of money to spend and also lost Lamarcus Joyner in free agency, but the reported lack of effort to keep Saffold is shocking, to say the least. The good news for Saffold is A) he got paid, and B) he’s one win away from playing in his second consecutive Super Bowl.
In their second matchup, the Rams still lost but hung 31 points on the that vaunted San Francisco defense. Goff improved his yardage numbers from 78 to 323 on 46 attempts, about seven yards per attempt.
The Packers find themselves in a similar situation – they received a full-on shellacking from the Niners’ defense during their Week 12 matchup. And while the Packers, like the Rams, committed their fair share of execution mistakes, including a killer turnover on the opening drive, it also seemed like they didn’t have an answer to slow down San Francisco’s front seven.
Staley spent a decade coaching at lower-tier colleges and is three seasons removed from his post as the defensive coordinator at John Carroll University — a Division III school in Ohio. Now he inherits a unit that boasts two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
Fowler played last season on a one-year prove-it deal worth up to $12 million and left no doubt about his ability. He had a career-high 11.5 sacks, second on the Rams to only Aaron Donald’s 12.5, and among the top 10 in the league. Now the Rams must decide if they have it in their budget to re-sign the edge-rushing playmaker. He also could be a candidate for the franchise tag.
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Philadelphia Eagles left tackle J. Peters
The Philadelphia Eagles want to get younger on offensive line. 37 year old left tackle Jason Peters wants to play next season. Right now the Los Angeles Rams are likely to part ways with 38 year old left tackle Andrew Whitworth as his contract expires. With a market for left tackles aiming at younger players, the Rams could sign Peters to a low cost two year contract and comb the NFL Draft for his eventual replace in 2020.
17. Cory Littleton, LB, Rams
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Coming off his best campaign, Dante Fowler Jr. should be in line for a lucrative deal close to $20 million annually. He etched his name in the double-digit sack club with 11.5 in 2019. As Pierre-Paul continues to play on the older side of 30 years old, the Rams edge-rusher reaches toward his peak, heading into his sixth season.
Per Pro Football Focus, Fowler was their 43rd best rated “edge defender” with a +72.1 grade overall—including a +73.4 pass rushing grade. The Rams are projected to have around $21.1 million of cap space this offseason, so re-signing Fowler could be a bit of a challenge for them with other team needs.
On Wednesday, the NFL announced that referee Bill Vinovich will head the officiating crew for the upcoming Super Bowl LIV. He will be joined by umpire Barry Anderson, field judge Michael Banks, down judge Kent Payne, side judge Boris Cheek, line judge Carl Johnson, back judge Greg Steed and replay official Mike Chase. At least one player who won’t be involved in the game disapproved of the selection.
‘He don’t even own any flags’
It’s easy to overlook Mundt as merely a reserve player who doesn’t contribute much. However, he provides value in ways that don’t show up on the stat sheet. According to Pro Football Focus, Mundt finished eighth in run blocking and 10th in pass blocking among all tight ends and running backs this past season.
“I still want to play, but I don’t think it’s the right decision,’’ he continued. “I thought about it for a long time. Now is an opportunity to step away with what’s going on here.’’ Kuechly didn’t explain exactly why he can’t play fast, physical and strong at this point in his career. What is known is that from 2015 to 2017, the 2013 NFL Defensive Player of the Year missed seven games due to concussions.