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 by JackPMiller
1 month ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
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7 free-agent ILBs the Rams should target this offseason
Cameron DaSilva
March 1, 2021 10:53 am


1. Avery Williamson, Steelers

Williamson was traded from the Jets to the Steelers last season and played eight games in Pittsburgh, bouncing back nicely after missing the entire 2019 season with a torn ACL. he’s a high-volume tackler, making a total of 111 stops with the Jets and Steelers last season, while also breaking up three passes and recording one sack.

He’s recorded 15.5 sacks and 27 QB hits in six seasons played, so he’s also an adept blitzer in the middle of the defense. Williamson isn’t necessarily a three-down linebacker who thrives in coverage, but he is good against the run; he only missed 11 total tackles in 2018 and 2020 combined.

Williamson would bring a stable veteran presence and solid tackling to the Rams’ underwhelming inside linebacker group.

2. K.J. Wright, Seahawks

Wright is a player the Rams and their fans know well, playing against him and the Seahawks twice a year. He made $7 million per year on his last contract and given his age (31), he probably won’t top that number on his next deal.

Despite being on the wrong side of 30, Wright can still play. He was Pro Football Focus’ eighth-highest graded linebacker in the NFL last season (75.3) and despite missing 10 tackles, he put together yet another solid campaign.

He made 86 tackles, including a whopping 11 for a loss, sacked the quarterback twice and broke up 10 passes. He once again played all 16 games for the sixth time in his career, providing a steady presence at linebacker in Seattle.

3. Nicholas Morrow, Raiders

The Raiders tendered Morrow at the second-round level last offseason, which was a vote of confidence from the team. He rewarded them with arguably his best NFL season. He made 78 tackles, eight for a loss, hit the QB six times, had three sacks and broke up nine passes. He also had one interception and forced a fumble.

In other words, he was all over the field, though his 26 missed tackles in the last three seasons combined are somewhat worrisome. He’ll only be 26 when the season begins, though he’s still not expected to break the bank in free agency because he’s not necessarily viewed as a top-flight linebacker.

Though he could use some work in coverage, he earned his highest coverage grade from PFF last season (70.4). Morrow is certainly a player the Rams should look at.

4. Raekwon McMillan, Raiders

Morrow’s teammate in Las Vegas, McMillan, is also a free agent. He played all 16 games and started four last season, making 27 tackles and breaking up one pass. He played sparingly for the Raiders (14%) but a team isn’t signing McMillan for what he’s done in the NFL. They’ll be betting on his athleticism and potential.

McMillan is a former second-round pick and is just 25 years old, so it’s probably not time to give up on him just yet. He can run sideline to sideline, bringing speed to the defense, but he struggles with missed tackles (15.6% miss rate last season).

He wouldn’t be handed a starting job in Los Angeles, but he would at least add some speed and athleticism to a position group that could use some of both. For a low-risk deal, McMillan is worth taking a chance on.

5. Christian Kirksey, Packers

Kirksey was released by the Packers, so he won’t count against the compensatory pick formula. He spent just one season with the Packers, playing and starting 11 games last season. He made 77 tackles (two for a loss), broke up four passes, picked off two throws and had two sacks. It was a good bounce-back year after he missed 23 games in the previous two seasons, but he once again missed time with injury last season.

Kirksey missed nine tackles in 2020, a rate of 10.5%, and gave up six touchdowns in coverage, so he’s not a perfect linebacker. But he’s a three-down linebacker with good instincts and proven production as a starter when healthy; he had 286 tackles combined in 2016 and 2017 with the Browns.

For the right price, which might be around $5 million per year, Kirksey is a worthwhile addition for the linebacker-needy Rams.

6. Anthony Walker, Colts

Walker will be 26 in August and still has plenty of good football ahead of him. He’s started 46 games for the Colts in the last three years, including all 32 in the last two seasons. Since 2018, he’s made 321 tackles (18 for a loss), has six QB hits, three interceptions and 11 passes defensed, providing value in the middle of Indianapolis’ defense alongside Darius Leonard and Bobby Okereke.

But those two players are the exact reason the Colts may not be able to bring back Walker. They’re already deep at linebacker and don’t exactly need to re-sign Walker, which should allow him to hit free agency.

He can be a three-down linebacker for the Rams, though he shouldn’t be their top coverage linebacker in the middle.

7. Denzel Perryman, Chargers

Perryman is a one-dimensional linebacker who’s undeniably at his best when he’s moving forward, not retreating back. He’s much better against the run than he is in coverage, and although run-stuffers are no longer the preferred linebacker type in the NFL, Perryman can still contribute.

The Rams need linebackers who can come up and play the run behind a stout defensive line and Perryman can certainly do that on first and second down. He missed only one tackle last season and made 48 total tackles, three of which came behind the line of scrimmage.

Perryman shouldn’t be the Rams’ top choice at linebacker, nor would he solve all of their woes, but at 28, he can still play when he remains healthy.

 by PARAM
1 month ago
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Do we really need ILB help?

We've got Kenny Young (2.183 mil), Micah Kizer (0.924 mil) and Troy Reeder (0.824 mil) on the roster. They played in the middle of the #1 defense in the NFL but we *need* to spend free agency money to get someone else in here? I don't know....I'm not an expert.....I'm just asking.

 by CanuckRightWinger
1 month ago
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Canada   VANCOUVER, BC
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I'm with Pennsylvania! :idea2: :arrow2: :!2:

Shocking, eh! :o

Add to PA's list one Travin Howard who was supposed to team with Kiser as our two 2020 ILB starters, and I think we have enough talent at the ILB position for 2021. Plus, as PA points out....they are all C-H-E-A-P!!! :idea2: .....and heaven knows we need to save some Cap money somewhere on this roster of stars, eh!!! :idea2:

IMO, we got bigger fish to fry for "new incoming talent required"
IE. Edge Rusher (see what Rodgers did to us when AD was not 100%?)
OC/OT (Blythe was weak versus the middling Packer Front Seven...and what if OldWhit gets hurt again huh?)
DeepBall Wideout Threat (a speedy WR would make Stafford feel at home
eh!)

Yeah, I hope we address my wishlist above before we spend any $$ or our very limited 2021 Draft Treasure on the ILB position. :idea2:

Cheers from sunny springlike Vancouver BC! 8-)

 by HopHead Ram
1 month ago
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CanuckRightWinger wrote:DeepBall Wideout Threat (a speedy WR would make Stafford feel at home
eh!)


I'm almost inclined to say the same thing you did for the ILB about the need for a speedy WR. I think we have that option already on the roster. I think that a true burner is a luxury we just cannot afford this season. Plus if we do grab one, what does that do to Van's playing time and his development. Lets spend our money on fortifying our Line and building depth on the EDGE....and maybe sign one or 2 of our own FA's

 by JackPMiller
1 month ago
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United States of America   LA Coliseum
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CanuckRightWinger wrote:I'm with Pennsylvania! :idea2: :arrow2: :!2:

Shocking, eh! :o

Add to PA's list one Travin Howard who was supposed to team with Kiser as our two 2020 ILB starters, and I think we have enough talent at the ILB position for 2021. Plus, as PA points out....they are all C-H-E-A-P!!! :idea2: .....and heaven knows we need to save some Cap money somewhere on this roster of stars, eh!!! :idea2:

IMO, we got bigger fish to fry for "new incoming talent required"
IE. Edge Rusher (see what Rodgers did to us when AD was not 100%?)
OC/OT (Blythe was weak versus the middling Packer Front Seven...and what if OldWhit gets hurt again huh?)
DeepBall Wideout Threat (a speedy WR would make Stafford feel at home
eh!)

Yeah, I hope we address my wishlist above before we spend any $$ or our very limited 2021 Draft Treasure on the ILB position. :idea2:

Cheers from sunny springlike Vancouver BC! 8-)


There is really nothing at Center in free agency for us to go after, Austin Reiter from the Chiefs might be the best for us to sign. Reiter will probably cost. $6M a year. Alejandro Villanueva from the Steelers is the only LOT that is worth signing for us. Villanueva I expect will be $5M-$6M a year. AVill will be 35.


I agree with HopHead Ram, we should not be going after another WR. That could affect Van Jefferson as the number 3 WR.

I do see an Edge Rusher, if we lose Floyd, I would strongly consider signing Vic Beasley. I feel he could save his career with us. Beasley is really talented, but didn't have the talent around him, like he will with us. He never played with players like Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. I see a breakout year for Beasley, if he signs with us.

 by PARAM
1 month ago
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JackPMiller wrote:There is really nothing at Center in free agency for us to go after, Austin Reiter from the Chiefs might be the best for us to sign. Reiter will probably cost. $6M a year.


Really nothing?

Nick Martin? Released by Atlanta recently. His cap hit the last 2 years? 7.769 in 2019. 8.750 in 2020. Are you suggesting either we couldn't afford him OR he couldn't help our OL?

Corey Linsley? His last 2 years? 8.150 mil in 2019. 10.5 mil in 2020.

Martin is 28. Linsley is 30. It isn't possible we could sign them to a multi-year deal that has a relatively decent cap hit in 2021 and 2022? Or it isn't possible either could help us in 2021?

I would rank (and admittedly I'm no expert) our needs as follows:

#1 Center
#2 Edge rusher
#3 Deep threat
#4 Offensive tackle/guard
#5 Defensive back
#6 Linebacker

 by Hacksaw
1 month ago
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KJ anyone?

 by PARAM
1 month ago
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Hacksaw wrote:KJ anyone?


He's already said he's not giving Seattle a home town discount.....wants to be paid for his worth....and at his age, I'm not sure I'd recommend spending considerable jack for a 32 years old LB, who's production dropped considerably in 2020. I'd prefer one of those fast, chiseled studs in the 24-27 year range.

 by 69RamFan
1 month ago
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United States of America   LA CA by way of NY/NJ
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PARAM wrote:Really nothing?

Nick Martin? Released by Atlanta recently. His cap hit the last 2 years? 7.769 in 2019. 8.750 in 2020. Are you suggesting either we couldn't afford him OR he couldn't help our OL?

Corey Linsley? His last 2 years? 8.150 mil in 2019. 10.5 mil in 2020.

Martin is 28. Linsley is 30. It isn't possible we could sign them to a multi-year deal that has a relatively decent cap hit in 2021 and 2022? Or it isn't possible either could help us in 2021?

I would rank (and admittedly I'm no expert) our needs as follows:

#1 Center
#2 Edge rusher
#3 Deep threat
#4 Offensive tackle/guard
#5 Defensive back
#6 Linebacker


I totally agree with the order of need...

As for Nick Martin...
I'm not to sure about him...
Why would the Texan cut him,
Yes I know cause of the salary cap savings...
So based on what they offered him in his second contract.
They are basically saying he is not worth the salary they are paying him.
and he was only 2.5mil in dead money, so they cut him...

So most likely, the Texan will also be looking for a Center in the draft.
Luckily they don't have a 1st or 2nd round pick...
But they have the 3rd pick in the 3rd round...
So that means, with our 57th pick, should be a center unless we pick up a FA...

 by PARAM
1 month ago
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Barbados   Just far enough North of Philadelphia
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69RamFan wrote:I totally agree with the order of need...

As for Nick Martin...
I'm not to sure about him...
Why would the Texan cut him,
Yes I know cause of the salary cap savings...
So based on what they offered him in his second contract.
They are basically saying he is not worth the salary they are paying him.
and he was only 2.5mil in dead money, so they cut him...

So most likely, the Texan will also be looking for a Center in the draft.
Luckily they don't have a 1st or 2nd round pick...
But they have the 3rd pick in the 3rd round...
So that means, with our 57th pick, should be a center unless we pick up a FA...


He signed a 3 year deal worth 33 mil in 2019, with 18 million guaranteed. His first two years were part of that guarantee (6,101,132 and 7,250,000 so that leaves about 4 million guaranteed left, which obviously, that dead money is a part of that). His average with bonuses and salary was 11 mil per year, so it was clearly a cost cutting move. The amount of bonus (prorated) was around 5.5 mil.

And true they don't have a 1st or 2nd round pick......yet. :idea2: :idea2: :idea2: :D

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