The Los Angeles Rams rewarded linebacker Alec Ogletree with a four-year, $42 million extension on Thursday.
Throughout training camp and preseason, the main question on the defensive side of the football was focused on whether the Los Angeles Rams would reward Aaron Donald with a new contract he clearly deserved when looking at his numbers from the last three seasons. And while it remains a mystery as to whether Donald will finally earn that deal, it looks like the Rams decided to take care of another key member to the defense in the meantime with Alec Ogletree.
In what sort of came as a surprise, Los Angeles announced on Thursday how Ogletree agreed to a four-year extension worth a hefty $42 million. To top it off, $30 million of that deal is guaranteed, so Ogletree has every reason in the world to be happy at the moment.
From a leadership perspective, words can’t describe how valuable Ogletree has been to the Rams’ defense over the years, and signing him through the 2021 season gives the team one less thing to worry about. With that being said, the question now becomes whether Donald will finally earn that new contract after holding out all of training camp and preseason fighting for one.
When seeing the kind of money some of his teammates are now making, Donald has to be wondering when his time is coming since he’s arguably made a strong case for being one of the league’s top defensive players. But as frustrating as this situation may seem, at least getting Ogletree’s deal out of the way hopefully means Los Angeles will now focus on Donald now.