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OT Andrew Whitworth Expected To Sign With LA Rams

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Rams discussing deal to sign OT Andrew Whitworth

Andrew Whitworth, former offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals expected to sign with the Los Angeles Rams Thursday, according to NFL Insider Adam Scheffer. This deal would take arguably the best remaining offensive tackle off the market. And add much needed depth to a young offensive line.

The deal is reported to be a three-year- deal, worth a total of $36 million, with a guaranteed $15 million.

Fixer of Problems

General Manager Les Snead hinted last week during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, that help was needed to improve a disappointing young offensive line.  Former first-round pick Greg Robinson has not quite formed into the prospect they thought he would be. Robinson struggled last season after he was flagged 14 times. He surrendered eight sacks and 40 QB pressures. The left tackle scored a 36.1 run-blocking grade, one of the league’s worst. Part of the problem on that offensive line for Robinson was the lack of a veteran presence. Whitworth’s experience and overall talent level in this league will help the development of Robinson. A seasoned veteran paired with a young under study if you will, is always beneficial, in my opinion.

Snead briefly discussed a plan that would feature the third year Auburn product at guard, instead of his previous position at tackle. Making the transition from Cincinnati to Los Angles very sensible. As Whitworth will sure up the Rams lingering left tackle problem.

What are the Rams Getting?

Andrew Whitworth’s presence in the locker-room and on the field will make an immediate difference for the Rams. The former team captain in Cincinnati and 11-year pro was ranked the number two overall tackle during the 2016 season. The veteran tackle is closer to the older side at 35-years-old. However he has proven his reliability after paying a full 2016 season. The Los Angeles Rams get a three-time prowler, and new best friend for their franchise quarterback.


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