Former Seahawks players
Perhaps there are more ways to bolster the LA Rams defense to return to an NFL Championship caliber. And almost every path I envision without Von Miller seems to include the addition of ILB Bobby Wagner. Recently cut by the Seattle Seahawks, the veteran signed a three-year deal for $54 million just in 2019. Now, at 31, the veteran is still a formidable force capable of locking down the heart of any NFL defense.
Like Von Miller, he adds to the team locker room and to the psyche on the football field. While Von Miller was always smiling and laid back, Wagner is a blazing inferno of intensity. He plays like it is a coveted privilege to do so, and gives his all on almost every play. One of the reasons I lobby for the Rams to add Wagner is that he is the nemesis of the San Franciso 49ers. He stuffs runs and defends passes, frustrating what their offensive loves to do most.
While the sense I have about FA OLB Jadaveon Clowney is that he is more mercenary seeking bigger stacks of Benjamins, some remain convinced that he could be a significant defensive force on the LA Rams defense. Perhaps he could? He certainly seems to fall into the price range of the LA Rams, who could sign him for a 1-2 year deal with an average cost at or below $9 million per year. That would offset one of the estimated two fifth-round picks to be awarded as compensatory picks in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Clowney could be a major success in the LA Rams defense. Before he even arrives, he often parks his quarterback sack mark at or around nine sacks per season. And he has a lightning-fast twitch that allows him to penetrate into the backfield very quickly. He is so fast, that it would be fun to witness whether he or Aaron Donald gets to the quarterback first?
But does he achieve those statistics as a selfless member of a defense? Or is he eager to get his stats, and let some other poor schmucks get blasted with double or triple teams? I do not really have a feel for this guy, except to see that he has played eight NFL seasons. After playing five years for the Houston Texans, he is content to play one year for an NFL team, and then move on.