While nothing is for certain, it appears steps have been made for standout left tackle Andrew Whitworth to return to the Los Angeles Rams in 2021.
While speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Rams’ general manager Les Snead said Whitworth wants to come back to the team next season.
When followed up with on this point, Snead says “the answer is yes” re. whether team would like to bring Whitworth back, continues to add that “there are variables” in play. https://t.co/EshrzopRzV— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) January 26, 2021
I wouldn’t read too much into the “variables” part of this equation. Whitworth wants to come back and the Rams want him back, so he will likely be back.
He is the leader of the offense and the team was so impressed that he worked his way back for the playoffs after suffering a knee injury during the season.
Whitworth, 39, is under contract for the 2020 season with a base salary of $7 million. Perhaps the Rams will ask him to take a pay cut and if he balks, that could be an issue. But I think Whitworth and the Rams will want to be together for one more season.
The fact that both Whitworth and the team are on the same page at this point of the offseason bodes well for this becoming official at some point.