Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams and linebacker Dante Fowler has agreed on a one year contract that will keep as a Rams for one more season. Fowler inked a one-year $12M deal, to remain in Los Angeles conceivably turning down lucrative offers from other teams.
The Rams acquired Fowler last season at the trade deadline from the Jacksonville Jaguars, a deal that was best for the two organizations. After having a few off the field issues, it was a much-needed divorce with a fresh start with the Rams. The Rams were in desperate need of finding a disruptive pass rusher, something that Fowler provided, especially in the postseason.
The Rams with a limited amount of cap space needed to either secure Fowler or move on to the 2019 NFL Draft to find another that potential edge rusher. The decision was reached when they elected to sign Fowler, retaining Michael Brockers, and allowed starters Ndamukong Suh, LaMarcus Joyner, John Sullivan, and Roger Saffold to test the free agent market and releasing linebacker Mark Barron.
The resigning of Fowler demonstrated that the Rams are aiming to see what type of impact he can produce in a full season. While with the Jaguars, Fowler primarily was used on passing downs. The Rams was aware of that fact and did not want to fork out a massive contract to the young Fowler.
What Fowler brings to the table, is speed and strong pass rush from the edge to cause havoc to the offensive backfield. Now that Fowler intends to be an every-down defensive player, Rams will attempt to receive the most out of his play. The Rams defense will potentially have three new starters on their defense along with Fowler.
The organization seems to be very intrigued with Fowler desiring to remain in Los Angeles after making the most out of his half of season with the team. In eight games with the Rams, Fowler recorded 21 total tackles (15 solo tackles), four tackles for loss, two sacks, five quarterback hits, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, and six pass deflections. In the three postseason games he played, Fowler produced 12 tackles (eight solos), four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one pass deflection, and three quarterback hits.