The LA Rams are signing former Chicago Bears linebacker Leonard Floyd to a one-year, $10 million contract, per Adam Schefter. The deal is worth up to $13 million according to Schefter’s source.
Former Bears' pass rusher Leonard Floyd is signing a one-year, $10 million worth up to $13 with the Rams, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 18, 2020
Floyd, 27, is most notable for being the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He had exceptional athleticism for his 6’6, 244 lb frame — 4.6 40-yard dash, 39.5” vertical, 10’7” broad jump — and he drew a pre-draft comparison to Eli Harold by NFL.com ... a comp that seems even more fitting given their careers. Harold spent four years in the NFL and through Floyd’s first four seasons he may be at a point where he really needs to prove himself in order to sign a guaranteed contract with another team next year.
After posting seven sacks in 12 games as a rookie in 2016, Floyd posted 4.5 sacks in 10 games in year two, then seven sacks total over the last two seasons. The Bears picked up his fifth-year option but released him this week, meaning that the signing won’t factor into the Rams compensatory pick formula.
Still, the $10 million price tag is most of what LA is expected to have remaining to spend in free agency. It may be that a corresponding move is coming that could free up more space, but this would seem to be an answer to losing Dante Fowler to the Atlanta Falcons hours earlier.