Los Angeles Rams: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all-time

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51. . LT. (2017-Present). Andrew Whitworth. 4. player

Two years ago, the Rams were coming off a four-win season. They were considered one of the biggest laughing stocks in the NFL. This was part of the reason Sean McVay was hired as the new head coach in 2017.

Taking over for Jeff Fisher, McVay knew the first season in Los Angeles could be rough, since the offensive line and receiving corps were in terrible shape. Thanks to Andrew Whitworth quickly buying into what McVay was selling, the offensive line would waste little time becoming one of the top units in the NFL thanks to the veteran left tackle’s leadership.

Joining the Rams after 11 seasons as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals was the best decision Whitworth could have made. He’s now part of a team that is expected to be a strong Super Bowl contender for a third year in a row.

Despite contemplating retirement after losing Super Bowl LIII to the New England Patriots, Whitworth still seems to have at least one solid year left in him before he does decide to call it a career.

Placing Whitworth this high on the list after only two seasons in Los Angeles does sound like a stretch. However, it also shows just how important he’s been to the offense since 2017. He certainly deserves the honor of being a top signing in franchise history.