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 Latest Rams Player Notes
Apr 24 2018 - Marcus Peters
  CB Marcus Peters saw his fifth-year option picked up by the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced Tuesday. Peters was among a number of high-profile offseason acquisitions for Los Angeles, which sent a pair of draft picks to Kansas City in exchange for the two-time Pro Bowl selection. Selected eight slots behind Gurley in 2015, Peters leads the league with 19 interceptions since entering the NFL. Last season, Peters recorded five interceptions to go along with 46 tackles and four forced fumbles in 14 games. He had eight receptions as a rookie, returning two for touchdowns.


Apr 24 2018 - Todd Gurley
  RB Todd Gurley saw his fifth-year option picked up by the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced Tuesday. The No. 10 overall pick of the Rams, Gurley rushed for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns in just 13 games to win AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2015. Gurley's numbers declined in 2016 but he bounced back with a monstrous season in 2017 to lead Los Angeles to the NFC West title, becoming the first Rams player to win the AP Offensive Player of the Year award since Marshall Faulk in 2001. The former University of Georgia product led the NFL in touchdowns (19), points scored among non-kickers (114) and scrimmage yards (2,093) in addition to finishing second in rushing yards (1,305). He also topped the league's running backs in receiving yards with 788 and his average of 6.1 yards per touch was the best in the NFL.


Apr 16 2018 - Lamarcus Joyner
  S Lamarcus Joyner is expected to participate in the first day of offseason workouts on Monday after the team announced that he had signed his one-year, $11.287 million franchise tag. Joyner could have left his franchise tender unsigned and sought a long-term deal during the summer. However, having Joyner under contract and participating in workouts is a boost to the Rams' defense, which has added several star players in the offseason.


Apr 14 2018 - Aqib Talib
  CB Aqib Talib had only two destinations in mind when trade talks surfaced this offseason. Talib told the Rams' official website that his preferred locales for his next job were with Los Angeles or the New England Patriots, citing familiarity with coaches in both organizations. Acquired from the Denver Broncos last month in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick, Talib pointed to the presence of Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who served in the same capacity in the Mile High City in 2015-16. Talib earned Pro Bowl honors in his last season with New England (2013) and was a Pro Bowl selection in each of his four seasons with Denver.


Apr 10 2018 - Ethan Westbrooks
  DE Ethan Westbrooks was sentenced to one day in jail and three years probation last week after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge, the Los Angeles Times reported. Westbrooks was given credit for time served during his sentencing on Friday. The 27-year-old Westbrooks was arrested in September on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm and four other charges after a traffic stop near Bakersfield (Calif.). The other charges were suspicion of receiving stolen property, carrying a stolen loaded firearm, grand theft of a firearm and possession of a high-capacity magazine.


Apr 7 2018 - Ndamukong Suh
  DT Ndamukong Suh knows he has a lot to prove after three largely disappointing seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Suh, once considered the game's dominant player at his position, joins a team on the rise after signing a one-year contract with Los Angeles at the end of last month. "For me, how I look at it is I wanted to prove myself," Suh said at a media press briefing. "And I think they want me to come in here and prove myself that I'm worthy of being here and staying here for the long stay. I think the overall goal is to focus on this particular year, which is the most important thing in front of us. And like you said, they had a very successful year last year in the regular season and I believe I can be of help to get them over some of the humps."


Apr 6 2018 - Kayvon Webster
  CB Kayvon Webster will be released by the Rams, ESPN reported Friday. Webster started a career-high 11 games in 2017 for the Rams before a torn Achilles tendon ended his season in January. It was his first year with Los Angeles after spending the previous four seasons with the Denver Broncos.


Apr 4 2018 - Brandin Cooks
  WR Brandin Cooks won't be introduced as the newest member of the Los Angeles Rams until later on Wednesday, but the team already is talking about extending his contract before the 2018 season, a team source told the NFL Network. Brooks, acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, Cooks is set to earn $8.5 million in 2018, the final year of his rookie contract.


Apr 3 2018 - Brandin Cooks
  WR Brandin Cooks was traded to the Los Angeles Rams by the New England Patriots on Tuesday. The Rams will get Cooks and a fourth-round draft pick from the Patriots, while New England will receive the 23rd overall pick in the first round of this year's draft as well as a sixth-round draft pick from the Rams. Acquiring Cooks probably means the Rams have given up on attempts to obtain Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants. The New York Post reported the Rams had been the front-runners for Beckham before this trade.


Mar 30 2018 - Todd Gurley
  RB Todd Gurley is on board if the Los Angeles Rams are interested in acquiring star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants. The Giants are on record as saying that they are not openly shopping Beckham, but that doesn't mean they won't listen to offers. And should any NFL team be inclined to pick up the phone, it will need to attach two first-round draft picks in any proposal that includes the three-time Pro Bowl selection, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday, citing a league source. The Rams, who have been busy making trades this offseason, are reportedly interested in Beckham. "Oh yeah, that's my guy," Gurley said, via the Los Angeles Times. "There's always enough snaps. There's always enough snaps. If we had him, man, it would be awesome. I'd be happy, (Jared) Goff will be happy, coach (Sean) McVay will be happy, (owner Stan) Kroenke, the whole team would be."


Mar 26 2018 - Ndamukong Suh
  DT Ndamukong Suh signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams on Monday. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the deal is worth $14 million. Suh, a five-time Pro Brown selection, was released by the Miami Dolphins last week with three years left on a six-year, $114 million contract signed in 2015. He recorded 15.5 sacks and 181 combined tackles in his three seasons in Miami, and that includes 4.5 sacks and 38 tackles in 2017 when he started all 16 games. In his eight NFL seasons, Suh has 51.5 sacks and 103 tackles for loss during the regular season despite getting double-teamed most of the time. He also had 3.5 sacks in three postseason games.


Mar 25 2018 - Ndamukong Suh
  DT Ndamukong Suh no longer has an offer from the New York Jets. Jets CEO Christopher Johnson told reporters Sunday in Orlando, Fla., where the annual league meetings take place through Wednesday, that he and general manager Mike Maccagnan had a change of heart about their offer to Suh. "Our thinking just changed a bit," Johnson said, not explaining any further. Suh was released by the Miami Dolphins on March 15, midway through a six-year, $114 million contract he signed with the team. He has visited several teams, including the Jets, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. He also canceled a visit with the Oakland Raiders.


Mar 21 2018 - Ndamukong Suh
  DT Ndamukong Suh canceled his visit with the Oakland Raiders scheduled for Wednesday, and there is no indication Suh plans to reschedule it, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported. Suh has returned home and is unlikely to make a decision before Thursday, according to NFL Network. The cancellation along with Rapoport's report that the Los Angeles Rams "made a strong impression on him" when Suh visited the Rams on Tuesday suggest Suh might be looking to sign with the Rams.


Mar 19 2018 - Dominique Easley
  DT Dominique Easley agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams, the club announced Monday. Easley signed with Los Angeles as a free agent prior to the 2016 season, when he recorded 3.5 sacks in a situational role. He missed all of last season with a torn ACL.


Mar 19 2018 - Ndamukong Suh
  DL Ndamukong Suh will visit with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, according to reports. Suh, 31, considered the top defensive tackle on the market, has already visited the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans. Suh was released by Miami on Wednesday halfway through the six-year, $114 million contract he signed with the Dolphins.


Mar 16 2018 - Tavon Austin
  WR Tavon Austin, who reportedly was going to be traded or released by the end of the week, is returning to the Los Angeles Rams with a restructured contract. Austin's deal will now pay him the $5 million he was already guaranteed in 2018 and gives him the additional $3 million in incentives, multiple media outlets reported. The 27-year-old will also be a free agent in 2019, per reports.


Mar 14 2018 - Ndamukong Suh
  DT Ndamukong Suh was officially released by the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday. Suh spent three seasons in Miami after he was signed as an unrestricted free agent from Detroit in 2015. He started all 48 games in three seasons with the Dolphins and totaled 181 tackles (109 solo), 15.5 sacks, 13 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.


Mar 14 2018 - Sammy Watkins
  WR Sammy Watkins will sign a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs when free agency opens Wednesday, multiple outlets reported. The deal is for $48 million and includes $30 million guaranteed, per reports. The Chiefs were not done, however, as they also are expected to sign free-agent linebacker Anthony Hitchens, multiple outlets reported.


Mar 12 2018 - Ndamukong Suh
  DT Ndamukong Suh is expected to be released by the Miami Dolphins, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Suh, a three-time first-team All-Pro and a five-time Pro Bowl selection, tweeted Monday morning in a video: "There will be some exciting things going on." Suh, 31, signed a six-year, $114.4 million contract in 2015 but totaled only 15.5 sacks in the last three seasons. He made the Pro Bowl in 2016. The timing of the move is puzzling because the Dolphins will save only $3.9 million in salary cap space with a $22.2 million penalty. If they waited until June 1 to release Suh, $9.1 million of the $22.2 million of dead money would count against the 2018 cap with the remaining $13.1 million against the 2019 cap.


Mar 10 2018 - Jake McQuaide
  LS Jake McQuaide signed a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced. Financial terms were not disclosed for McQuaide, who was set to be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year next week. McQuaide was named to the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017.


Mar 9 2018 - Sammy Watkins
  WR Sammy Watkins received an interesting request from Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon. "Yo @sammywatkins I'd love to squad up and have you on the squad! Come on over to Cincy with my dawgs," Mixon tweeted on Tuesday. Mixon also listed Bengals wide receivers A.J. Green, John Ross, Brandon LaFell and Tyler Boyd on the tweet for Watkins, who didn't exactly dismiss the idea two days later. "You never know brother this business is crazy," Watkins tweeted on Thursday.


Mar 9 2018 - Aqib Talib
  CB Aqib Talib will be traded to the Los Angeles Rams for a fifth-round draft pick, the NFL network reported Thursday. Talib, who made the Pro Bowl in all four seasons with Denver, leads all active cornerbacks in interceptions (34) since he entered the league in 2008. He signed a six-year, $57 million deal with the Broncos in 2014. The trade will not become official until the NFL opens its 2018 season for business Wednesday.


Mar 8 2018 - Sam Shields
  CB Sam Shields, who has not played in an NFL game since the 2016 opener, was signed by the Los Angeles Rams. Shields, 30, visited with both the Rams and Cleveland Browns as he tries to resume his career. While with the Green Bay Packers in 2016, he suffered a concussion in the first game and was sidelined for the rest of the season. He was released by the Packers in February 2017, but no team signed him. Shields was a starter for the Packers in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014.


Mar 6 2018 - Sammy Watkins
  WR Sammy Watkins is heading toward free agency, one year after he was acquired from the Buffalo Bills. The Rams used the non-exclusive franchise tag on S Lamarcus Joyner. Watkins had 39 receptions for 593 yards and a team-leading eight touchdown catches this past season. The 24-year-old, however, had three or fewer catches in 12 of 15 games this past season.


Mar 6 2018 - Lamarcus Joyner
  S Lamarcus Joyner had the non-exclusive franchise tag placed on him Tuesday. The value of the tag for Joyner is $11.287 million for the 2018 season. The Rams have until 4 p.m. ET on July 15 to sign him to a multi-year contract or he will have to play the season on the franchise tag. The non-exclusive version of the franchise tag allows Joyner to negotiate and potentially sign a deal with another team in exchange for two first-round picks.


Mar 5 2018 - Sam Shields
  CB Sam Shields is hoping to resume a career that was interrupted by a concussion in the first week of the 2016 season, multiple outlets reported Monday. According to media reports, Shields will start visiting teams this week. He will visit the Los Angeles Rams Tuesday and meet with the Cleveland Browns later this week. Shields has suffered five documented concussions and was most recently concussed when his head collided with running back T.J. Yeldon's shoulder in a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He also missed four games during the 2015 season with a concussion. In 80 regular-season games (62 starts), Shields has 18 interceptions for 180 yards and 245 tackles. He also recorded five interceptions in 11 postseason games for the Packers.


Mar 1 2018 - Tavon Austin
  WR/KR Tavon Austin is expected to be traded or released by the Los Angeles Rams before the start of the league year, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported on Thursday. Austin hasn't been overly productive since signing a four-year, $42 million contract extension in 2016. He reeled in 13 receptions for just 47 yards and zero touchdowns last season while adding 270 rushing yards and a score for the Rams.


Feb 23 2018 - Marcus Peters
  CB Marcus Peters is expected to be traded by the Kansas City Chiefs to the Los Angeles Rams, multiple outlets reported on Friday. The teams are in the final stages of agreeing to a deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. It is not immediately known what the Chiefs will receive in return. Peters, who was the 18th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and is a two-time Pro Bowl selection. The 25-year-old Peters, however, was suspended for one game this past season following his actions in a 38-31 loss to the New York Jets on Dec. 3. Peters received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following a defensive holding call against teammate Steven Nelson during an unsuccessful two-point conversion try by the Jets. Peters picked up the official's flag and threw it into the stands, then walked off the field to the locker room without being ejected.


Feb 16 2018 - Kayvon Webster
  CB Kayvon Webster recently underwent shoulder surgery, NFL Network reported. Webster underwent a procedure to fix a torn rotator cuff and labrum, which bothered him for much of the 2017 season. It is unclear when Webster will be available to return to action, however, because he also is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon sustained in a Dec. 10 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. That injury caused Webster to miss the final three regular season games as well as the playoff-game loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He might not be ready to return until late in the 2018 season.


Feb 16 2018 - Mark Barron
  LB Mark Barron recently underwent surgery, NFL Network reported. Barron should be ready for preseason training camp. He started all 15 games in which he played during the 2017 season and recorded three interceptions and 72 tackles.


Feb 5 2018 - Brandin Cooks
  WR Brandin Cooks left in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII with a head injury and was almost immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game. Cooks was helped off by trainers after taking a big hit from Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins following a 23-yard reception, his only catch of the game.


Feb 5 2018 - Brandin Cooks
  WR Brandin Cooks was knocked out of Super Bowl LII with a head injury in the second quarter on Sunday night after a hard hit by Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Cooks turned to run after catching a pass in the first half and was tagged by Jenkins with a blind-side hit to the head at the end of a 23-yard reception. Cooks, the Patriots' No. 1 receiver, lay motionless on the field before the medical staff arrived. He immediately walked to the locker room and was ruled out of the game.


Feb 3 2018 - Aaron Donald
  DT Aaron Donald was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Donald is the first Rams player to win the award after he totaled 52 tackles, a team-high 11 sacks, a team-best five forced fumbles, 27 quarterback hits, one fumble recovery and two passes defensed in 14 games this past season. He also was named first-team All-Pro for the third straight year and to the Pro Bowl for the fourth year in a row. "Words can't express what I'm feeling right now," Donald said. "Trying to hold back the tears."


Feb 3 2018 - Todd Gurley
  RB Todd Gurley II won the NFL Offensive Player of the Year award. Gurley led the NFL in touchdowns (19), points scored among non-kickers (114) and scrimmage yards (2,093) in addition to finishing second in rushing yards (1,305). He also led the league's running backs in receiving yards with 788 and his average of 6.1 yards per touch was the best in the NFL. The last Rams player to win the AP Offensive Player of the Year award was Marshall Faulk in 2001.


Feb 3 2018 - Todd Gurley
  Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who has not played since suffering a torn ACL on Dec. 10, and Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley were named the FedEx Air and Ground Players of the Year. FedEx will donate $50,000 to the USO in the name of each player, a total donation of $100,000. Gurley led the league with 2,093 scrimmage yards and 19 total touchdowns. He was second in rushing yards with 1,305.


Jan 28 2018 - Aqib Talib
  CB Aqib Talib could be headed elsewhere next season.The Broncos may consider putting Talib on the trading block during the offseason, KUSA in Denver reported. Despite Talib being one of the top performers for the Broncos the past few seasons, his contract may precipitate a move, according to the report. With two years remaining on his six-year, $57 million deal, Talib is slated to make $11 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019. Defensive backs Chris Harris and Bradley Roby are signed with the Broncos through the 2019 and 2018 seasons, respectively. Harris' salary is $8.5 million and Roby's is $8.526 million. With a combined $28 million due the three cornerbacks in 2018, the cost may be too steep for one position group. Talib, who turns 32 next month, has been selected to play in the Pro Bowl after each of his four seasons in Denver and five in a row overall. John Elway is the only other Broncos player to be named to the Pro Bowl in four consecutive seasons.


Jan 22 2018 - Brandin Cooks
  WR Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 100 yards -- his first 100-yard postseason game.


Jan 17 2018 - Jake McQuaide
  LS Jake McQuaide was named to the NFC roster for the upcoming Pro Bowl, the team announced Wednesday. McQuaide will head to his second straight Pro Bowl and join running back Todd Gurley, punter Johnny Hekker and kick returner Pharoh Cooper on the NFC's roster for the Rams.


Jan 10 2018 - Robert Woods
  WR Robert Woods was called a possession receiver when he joined the Rams from Buffalo, but was so much more while catching 56 passes for 781 yards and continuing to be a productive blocker.


Jan 10 2018 - John Johnson
  S John Johnson took over the starting role early in his rookie season and turned out to be a revelation while amassing 75 tackles and solidifying the back end of the defense in run and pass support.


Jan 10 2018 - Tavon Austin
  WR Tavon Austin carved out a role for himself, it was nowhere near worth the $13 million the Rams paid him. They hoped to get Pro-Bowl numbers out of him upon signing him to a lucrative extension last year; instead they got a high-paid decoy.


Jan 10 2018 - Todd Gurley
  RB Todd Gurley II rebounded from a rough second season to become one of the most dangerous weapons in the game.


Jan 10 2018 - Aaron Donald
  DT Aaron Donald cemented his place as the best interior lineman in the game, a player the Rams can build a decisive, dominant defense around.


Jan 10 2018 - Jared Goff
  QB Jared Goff developed into a Pro-Bowl caliber quarterback in his second season.


Jan 8 2018 - Pharoh Cooper
  KR Pharoh Cooper had two costly turnovers that led to 10 first-quarter points for the Falcons and, ultimately, completely altered the dynamics of the game. The Rams never recovered.


Jan 8 2018 - Cooper Kupp
  WR Cooper Kupp hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass in his first playoff game. It marked his sixth touchdown of the season and first of the postseason. Kupp finished the game with eight catches for 69 yards. Kupp is the first Rams rookie in franchise history to catch eight passes in a postseason game.


Jan 8 2018 - Robert Woods
  WR Robert Woods registered his third 100-plus receiving yard game this season and sixth game of his career in his first playoff game. Woods led the team in receptions (nine) and receiving yards (142). The 142 receiving yards are the fourth-highest output in a postseason game in Rams history. Woods is the fourth receiver in franchise history to post 100-plus receiving yards in their postseason debut with the Rams.


Jan 8 2018 - Todd Gurley
  RB Todd Gurley rushed 14 times for 101 yards, a 7.2-yard average, in his first playoff game. Gurley had two long rushes of 26 and 33 yards. It marked Gurley's seventh game this season with 100-plus yards, his first of the postseason and 12th career. Gurley is the first Rams running back to notch a 100-plus yard game in his postseason debut since Jim Gillette had 17 carries for 101 yards vs. Washington (12/16/45).


Jan 8 2018 - Jared Goff
  QB Jared Goff completed 24-of-45 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown in his first playoff game. Goff's 45 pass attempts are tied for the second-most in franchise postseason history with Kurt Warner, vs. Tennessee (1/30/00 -- SB XXXIV) and Jim Everett, at Minnesota (12/26/88).


Jan 8 2018 - Sammy Watkins
  WR Sammy Watkins, who the Rams traded for in hopes he'd be the dynamic go-to wide receiver they've been missing for so long, had a good but not great season statistically. He caught 39 passes for 593 yards and eight touchdowns. But in many ways, he became a more complete player while accepting his role, developing into a better blocker and running crisp routes even though much of the time it was as a decoy. Watkins is a free agent at the end of the season, but seems eager to return on a long-term contract.



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