Ed “Pi Double i” Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams and linebacker Alec Ogletree, have reportedly agreed to a four-year deal, extending his career with the team. Many fans were concerned about how the Rams were going to be able to sign him with a salary cap that was depleted. Surely, this news has now relieved many fans of those concerns, and the Rams begin to shore up their dominating defense for years to come.
Ogletree transitioned to the middle linebacker position two seasons ago, as the Rams decided to release James Laurinaitis, the organization all-time leader in tackles. At first, it didn’t look as promising, where it seemed as Ogletree wasn’t comfortable with the position, however, he became an all-pro his first season at the position.
Transitioning into a 3-4 scheme with new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, he has been complemented with fellowed inside linebacker Mark Barron, who is currently the team leader tackler.
The Rams are in great position now to work on a long-term deal with their All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald. Donald held out throughout the entire mini and training camps, in efforts of seeking a new extension. Both sides were not really budging as Donald suddenly ended his holdout and returned back to the team one day before the Rams were set to play their home opener against the Indianapolis Colts. Donald was inactive for the game, as they were concerned with his readiness and his game shape.
Earlier this season, the Rams and Ethan Westbrook agreed to a one year deal, as Westbrook good a reduced deal to remain with the team for another season. Other defensive players LaMarcus Joyner, Trumaine Johnson, and Mo Alexander, also are due for new contract extensions too. However, the Rams released Alexander earlier this week, as Joyner may be the next Ram who will receive the next new deal. It is unknown if both sides have reopened negotiations with starting defensive back Johnson, who currently is playing under the franchise tag of $16 million.
This is great news going into a game where the Rams will play against the number one rushing offense in the league on Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars. They’ll have their hands full with rookie running back Leonard Fournette who already is having a monstrous season and veteran back up Chris Ivory.
Ogletree’s extension was reported as a four-year deal worth $42 million and over $30 million in guarantees. His guarantees total is second to only Luke Kuechly at inside linebacker position who plays for the Carolina Panthers.