The Los Angeles Rams have picked up two key free agents, including safety Eric Weddle on Friday, Mar. 8 and re-signing outside linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. on Sunday.
Weddle signed a two-year deal worth $10.5 million on the heels of reports that Lamarcus Joyner will be relocating to Northern California and sign with the Oakland Raiders. The six-time Pro Bowl safety will likely join Rams cornerbacks Aquib Tali, Marcus Peters and John Johnson to form one of the most formiddibale secondary units in the National Football League.
The 13-year veteran finished the 2018 season in his third year with the Baltimore Ravens with 68 total tackles, three pass deflections and one sack in 16 games played.
Re-signing Dante Fowler Jr. will cost Los Angeles $12 million for a one-year contract with incentives worth up to $2 million. Fowler returns to LA after getting acquired from the Jacksonville Jaguars in a mid-season trade, in exchange for third-round pick in this year’s draft and a fifth rounder in 2020.
In 15 games played last season, the linebacker combined to record 30 total tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles between the Jaguars and the Rams in 2018.
With the two signings, Los Angeles fills key defensive positions and assures that Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will have the proper tools to once again have a problematic 3-4 defense in 2019.