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NFL Draft Still Scheduled Among Health Concerns; LA Rams Continue Business

| Sports | March 18, 2020

by Diego Marquez

Amidst health concerns concerning COVID-19 or “coronavirus” all US professional sports’ operations and practically all of their activities have come to standstill including the NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL, etc. to name a few. Hopeful, the NFL is looking like the odd-man out with the 2020 NFL Draft right around the corner on April 23-25 in Las Vegas.

“The decision reflects our foremost priority — the health and safety of all fans and citizens,” said commissioner Roger Godell in a statement. “While this outcome is disappointing both to the NFL and to the Las Vegas community, we look forward to partnering with the Raiders, the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a future NFL Draft as well as evaluating opportunities for other major NFL events in Las Vegas, in the future, including the Super Bowl.”

Two former Rams: defensive lineman Dante Fowler and cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman will not return to the team for the 2020-21 NFL season.

The Rams declined to exercise Robey-Coleman’s option and he will become a free agent. Robey-Coleman was entering the final year of a three-year $15.7 million deal and creates $5 million of cap space for the team. Fowler agreed to terms with the Atlantas Falcons on a three-year $48 million deal.

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As a result, the Rams picked up former Chicago Bears defensive lineman Leonard Floyd on a one-year $10 million deal that can extend to $13 million with incentives and bonuses.

The Rams also bolstered their offensive line with the pick up of lineman Austin Blythe to a one-year deal.

The NFL is set to release the 2020 schedule sometime in April before the draft.

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