Andrew Whitworth will reportedly join the Los Angeles Rams after spending the last 11 years as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.
When it comes to top priorities of the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 NFL free agency, the team knew better protection for quarterback Jared Goff ranked near the top of the list after the offensive line overall ranked near the bottom of the league last year. Believe it or not, the Rams found a way to land one of the top free agents from this year’s class in Andrew Whitworth, which should have an immediate impact on the unit heading into next season.
The former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle is reportedly heading to Los Angeles on a three-year, $36 million deal, with $15 million guaranteed. For a key veteran that was drawing plenty of interest from numerous teams across the league, landing a three-time Pro Bowler in Whitworth is a huge move for the Rams after the offense ranked dead last in the league in 2016 by only averaging 14 points per game.
Clearly, Whitworth must have seen something special in new head coach Sean McVay and the direction he was taking this team if the offensive tackle was willing to join a team coming off a 4-12 finish in 2016. After giving up this year’s first-round pick to the Tennessee Titans as part of the deal to land Goff last offseason, the Rams can’t afford to waste any time when it comes to helping the former California star take the next step in the right direction.
Now that Whitworth is officially on board, it will be interesting to see what type of moves Los Angeles makes next when it comes to improving their passing game to provide Goff with more reliable weapons.