Though free agents can’t officially be signed until Friday, the Rams got started on free agency right away today. According to various reports, the team has agreed to a deal with former Eagles’ safety Quintin Mikell worth $28 million over four years. The Rams had a major hole to fill at safety after the loss of OJ Atogwe, and they wasted no time getting a Spags guy who knows the scheme and plays hard on every down.
I’ve talked about Mikell a few different times here, and I was pretty sure the Rams were going to be a player for him when free agency hit. I’m a little surprised it happened so quickly, but it’s a relief that one of our major holes has already been filled with a player of this caliber. I’m not saying he’s going to any Pro Bowls any time soon, but considering the crop of safeties available, I think the Rams hit a home run here.
The deal is bigger than I expected at $28 million over 4, but I have to believe that is backloaded because he is getting up there in age a bit. All in all, great way for the Rams to kick off the free agent period and let’s keep that momentum going.