1. Rams can hold off long-term commitment for now
Would the Rams love to eventually commit to Fowler for the long run? Without question, the answer to that is yes, but also the team is smart to avoid jumping the gun to make sure Fowler doesn’t turn out to be a one-year wonder, although this doesn’t seem to be a major concern.
As amazing as it was to watch Fowler shine on defense the way he did last season, Los Angeles wants to make sure this production can come on a consistent basis. And while Fowler most likely would have preferred to land a hefty long-term deal, deep down he knows this one-year deal to prove himself worthy could payoff in the long run.
Plenty of players these days earn the “prove-it deals” in which they agree to sign for a year before earning that hefty pay raise down the road, and if all goes well for Fowler in 2019, there’s every reason to believe this could end up being the case.
Between winning the NFC West in each of the last two seasons on top of earning a trip to the Super Bowl this past winter, the Rams are built strong enough to compete for years to come, and that includes Fowler’s presence on the defense side of the football.
Assuming all goes according to plan for Fowler and the Rams in 2019, it seems like only a matter of time before a heftier contract comes into play to benefit both parties.