Before the start of free agency could officially get underway, the Los Angeles Rams have already reached an agreement with Dante Fowler Jr.
Entering the offseason, one of the biggest questions surrounding the Los Angeles Rams was whether the team would end up convincing Dante Fowler Jr. to return to the team after coming over in the middle of last year.
Leading up to the trade deadline, the Rams knew they had nothing to lose in acquiring the former first-round pick from the Jacksonville Jaguars to see if a fresh start on a new team could bring out the best in the former Florida standout.
As football fans know, Fowler played a key role in helping Los Angeles earn a trip to Super Bowl 53 before falling to the New England Patriots, making it seem like it would be well worth bringing the defender back for the 2019 season, or even longer.
Of course, that’s always one of the most difficult things in the NFL since as much as the Rams wanted to bring Fowler back, they knew it might be too expensive if he were to receiver better offers from other teams.
Not to mention, the last thing Los Angeles wanted to do was place the hefty franchise tag on Fowler to take money away that could be used on other key players at different positions.
In good time, the Rams seemed confident that some sort of deal would eventually be worked out with Fowler. And after hearing the news that Fowler was willing to agree on a one-year deal to return for the 2019 season, this sounds like the best-case scenario for Los Angeles as a team.
First off, give Fowler credit for realizing how great of a fit the Rams were for him since the argument can be made that if he finished last season out with the Jaguars, chances are the offers in free agency wouldn’t have been all that good.
Now that Los Angeles was able to convince Fowler to return on a one-year deal, this gives the defender an opportunity to prove himself worthy of a potential long-term deal down the road if all goes according to plan in 2019.
Once again, the Rams seem to be taking a similar approach to last season by going into a win-now mode to make sure they take advantage of the talent they have on the current roster to make another run at the Super Bowl with hopefully better results than what they saw in February.
Los Angeles may still look to free agency and the upcoming draft to add some additional depth at linebacker, but at least with Fowler coming back, the group is in much better shape than before when there was a little bit of uncertainty.