Greg Zuerlein has played his entire eight-season career with the Rams, joining the then-St. Louis team as a sixth-round pick from Missouri Western State. Zuerlein just completed a three-year, $6.75 million contract that included a $750,000 signing bonus. But should they keep him for 2020?
Zuerlein is not coming off a great season. He converted 24-of-33 field-goal attempts in 2019. The 72.7 conversion percentage is way off his 82 percent career average. Zuerlien had been kicking well in the two previous seasons in Los Angeles.
He converted 95 percent of his field goals (38-for-40) in 2017 and 87.1 percent (27 of 31) in 2018.
If the Rams feel like 32-year-old Zuerlein is not going to rebound, they may look at alternate kickers with him entering free agency.
The problem is, if the Rams want to move on from Zuerlein, there aren’t actually a lot of great options in free agency.
Dan Bailey of Minnesota, Kai Forbath of Dallas and Nick Folk of New England headline an uninspiring kicker free-agent class, so the Rams might look at the draft if they want to move on from Zuerlein. The top kickers include Rodrigo Blankenship of Georgia, Jet Toner of Stanford and Tyler Bass of Georgia Southern. But with just six draft choices, the Rams may not one to use one on a kicker.
The best bet may be to keep Zuerlein with a reasonable deal and hope he rebounds.
Who do want to see kicking for the Rams next season?